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Pitching Preview: Tulsa Drillers at Frisco RoughRiders

The Tulsa Drillers at Frisco RoughRiders for a 3-game series and it all starts tonight.

The Tulsa Drillers are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they’ve had some talent roll through this year. Dustin May (3) and Gavin Lux (2) have both been promoted.

The RoughRiders are currently 46-53 on the year and 13-17 in the 2nd half and 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Tulsa Drillers are 5-5 in their last 10 games as well and are 16-15 in the 2nd half.

Game 1: Wednesday July 24th at 7:05 PM

RoughRiders

Jason Bahr
Jason Bahr, photo by: Heath Criswell

Starting Pitcher: Jason Bahr, RHP (0-2, 5.92)

This will be Bahr’s 5th start for the RoughRiders since his promotion from the Down East Wood Ducks (DEWDs). His first start on June 22nd was his best start. He pitched 5 scoreless innings and only allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts, throwing 81 pitches.

Left-handed batters are hitting for a .172 average, .253 on-base, .255 slugging for an OPS of .508 on the year.

Right-handed batters are hitting for a .236 average, .350 on-base, .284 slugging for an OPS of .634 on the year.

July has been his toughest month by far as he is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA in 3 games. During these 12.2 innings opposing line-ups have 12 runs and his WHIP is 1.895.

Drillers

Josiah Gray, RHP (0-1, 5.06)

Gray is the Dodgers #17 ranked prospect according to MLB.com. He was received from Cincinnati when the Dodgers traded Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Kyle Farmer. Gray was recently promoted to Double-A and has only made 1 start and it was against the RoughRiders. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts and threw 83 pitches.

Game 2: Thursday July 25th at 7:05 PM

RoughRiders

SP: Jonathan Hern?ndez, RHP (4-7, 5.78)

Ranked as the #8 prospect of the Rangers according to MLB.com and he has been someone I’ve been excited about for a long time. This year has not been his best year and I’m sure the Rangers would like to see more from him. Looking at his numbers, his best month was in May when his ERA was 4.64 in 33 innings.

In his 2 starts against the Drillers this year he is 0-2 and allowed 10 runs in 8.2 innings.

For the year Left-handed batters are hitting .295 average, .364 on-base, .518 slugging for an .882 OPS.

Right-handed batters are hitting for a lower average of .264, .341 on-base, and a .415 slugging. OPS .756

Drillers

SP: Edwin Uceta, RHP (2-2, 4.29)

Uceta is the #20 ranked prospect in the Dodgers system. This will be the first time the RoughRiders will face him. For the year, RHBs have an average of .251, .335 OBP, .400 SLG and and OPS of .735. LHBs have a .253 AVG, .312 OBP, .383 SLG and an OPS of .695. He’s pitched 6 innings in each of his last two starts, allowing only 1 run in just 1 of those starts.

Game 3: Friday July 26th at 7:05 PM

RoughRiders

Tyler Phillips, photo by: Heath Criswell

SP: Tyler Phillips, RHP (3-7, 6.36)

Tyler Phillips is listed as the Rangers #14 prospect by MLB. Phillips spent the first part of the season with the DEWDs where he dominated opposing line-ups. He had a 2-2 record and an ERA of 1.19 in 37.2 innings. He throws strikes and doesn’t issues many free passes. With Down East he issued 6 walks.

His time in Frisco hasn’t been as easy. In 52.1 innings his earned run average is 6.36 and his WHIP is 1.395. The walks are slightly up with a average of 1.9 walks per 9 innings.

Phillips’ last start was against these Drillers on July 18th. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts. Hopefully he can repeat that performance here.

Drillers

SP: Parker Curry, RHP (3-4, 2.96)

Curry has had a solid season in his 54.2 innings. He’s started 7 games with the rest being as a reliever or opener.

Right-handed batters are hitting for an average of .206, .263 OBP, .275 SLG and OPS of .538.

Left-handed batters are hitting .238, .286 OBP, .486 SLG and OPS of .771.

Promotions

This is a great series to get out to Dr Pepper Ballpark. Not only for the baseball but the promotions as well.

Wednesday: $1 hot dog night. These are the best hot dogs and I usually eat several if I’m there on a Wednesday.

Thursday: Party at the Yard and Thirsty Thursday. Party at the Yard has quite a few things. $1 beers, tailgate games, food trucks and a DJ.

Friday: has several promotions

fireworks Friday

Christmas in July: There will be a Santa there to remind your boys and girls to be on their best behavior. I don’t know about you but my boys need constant reminders.

If you are lucky enough to be one of the first 1,500 fans you will get a Teddy Roosevelt Nutcracker Figurine.

Be sure to get out to the ballpark and enjoy some RoughRiders baseball. #LetsRide