Last time the RoughRiders faced the Sod Poodles was just August 8-11 and the RoughRiders swept all 4 games in that series. After that series, the RoughRiders went down to Corpus Christi to play a 4-game series against the Hooks. That series didn’t go as planned as they were swept by the Hooks.
The Sod Poodles are still hanging onto 1st place in the Division with a record of 31-22 They lead the Corpus Christi Hooks by 4 games and the RoughRiders by 5 1/3 games with 13 games until elimination at the time I am writing this. The Midland RockHounds have passed the RoughRiders in the standings as well and they are 26-27.
Game 1: Friday August 16th at 7:05 PM CST
Weather forecast: High: 101 Low: 71
SP: Edgar Arredondo , RHP (6-3, 4.07)
Last game 8/10/19: 4.2 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 5 BB, 3 SO, 101 pitches against the Sod Poodles.
Arredondo has had a decent year as far as earned run average is concerned. He has pitched into the 6th inning in 3 starts. For the year right-handed batters have an average of .280 while Left-handed batters have an average of .301. July and August have been his best months of the year though he only pitched 13 innings in July.
Sod Poodles that have had success against Arredondo:
Brad Zunica: .625 in 8 at bats, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Taylor Trammell: .400 in 5 at bats
Buddy Reed: .333 in 9 at bats
Owen Miller: .333 in 9 at bats, 1 RBI
SP: Nick Margevicius, LHP (4-3, 4.12)
Last start 8/10/2019: 7 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 7 SO, 91 pitches against Frisco.
Margevicius made his Major-League debut with the Padres on March 30 2019. He pitched 5 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts. For the year, batters are hitting an average of .282 against him. Right-handed batters are hitting .272 for the year and Left-handed batters are hitting .304 on the year.
Game 2: Saturday Aug 17 at 7:05 PM
Weather forecast: High: 100 Low: 70
SP: Jason Bahr, RHP (2-3, 3.91)
Last start 8/11/2019: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 77 pitches against the Sod Poodles.
Remember, the Rangers acquired Bahr from the Giants and also received Austin Jackson and Cory Gearrin. Bahr was really what the Rangers wanted and so far he hasn’t disappointed. He plowed through High-A and is starting to do the same in Double-A. Right-handed batters are hitting .245 while Left-handed batters are hitting .162 against him on the year. Keep in mind, that is between High-A and Double-A.
SP: Kyle Lloyd, RHP (7-5, 3.40)
Last start 8/12/2019: 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, 90 pitches against the Midland RockHounds.
Lloyd made his MLB debut with the Padres on July 25, 2017. He pitched 4 innings, allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts on 83 pitches.
Game 3: Sunday Aug 18 at 6:05 PM CST
Weather forecast: High: 103 Low: 72
It’s the battle of the Ronald’s
SP: Ronald Herrera, RHP (2-3, 5.85)
Last start 8/12/2019: 5.2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 SO, 67 pitches against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
For the year Left-handed batters are hitting for a batting average of .319 over right-handed batters with an average of .285.
SP: Ronald Bolanos, RHP (6-4, 4.95)
Last start 8/11/2019: 5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 SO, 90 pitches against the Frisco RoughRiders.
The splits for right-handed batters and Left-handed batters are greatly different. From the right batters are only hitting for an average of .198 on the year while from the Left side of the plate they are hitting .287. So far in August batters are hitting .293 against him.
The RoughRiders are hoping to take this series after getting swept by the Hooks and they need to.