RoughRiders at Arkansas Travelers for 6-game series

The 1st place Frisco RoughRiders (36-18) head to Arkansas to play a six-game series against the Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) at Dickey-Stephens Park.

The RoughRiders lost their last game on July 4th to the Midland RockHounds by a final of 3-1 and are 8-2 in their last 10-games. They recently had a club record 11-game win streak, so they’ve been really difficult to beat recently. They’ve done it with pitching and timely hitting.

The Arkansas Travelers have an overall record of 27-26 and are 5-5 in their last 10-games. They are currently in 4th place in the Double-A Central North.

Let’s take a look at some team stats.

StatRoughRidersTravelers
AVG.242.232
HR5567
RBI238225
SB4351
BB211223
OBP.333.332
SLG.392.390
OPS .725.722
Pitching
ERA3.594.16
SO553493
BB205208
SV2117
WHIP1.191.33
BAA.211.236

The pitching match-ups

We will update this section once the RoughRiders rotation has been announced.

  1. Tuesday 7/6: TBD
  2. Wednesday 7/7: TBD
  3. Thursday 7/8: TBD
  4. Friday 7/9: TBD
  5. Saturday 7/10: TBD
  6. Sunday 7/11: TBD

Travelers

  1. Tuesday 7/6: RHP Alejandro Requena (3-2, 5.20)
  2. Wednesday 7/7: RHP Adam Hill (1-1, 4.54)
  3. Thursday 7/8: TBD
  4. Friday 7/9: TBD
  5. Saturday 7/10: TBD
  6. Sunday 7/11: TBD

Players to watch

The easy answer is quite literally, all of them but to pick just a few.

RoughRiders

Josh Jung is the clear top choice as he is the Texas Rangers number # 1 prospect. That may change on Sunday due to it being the Draft but he’s number one for now. Through his first 15 games he’s hitting a line of .300/.364/.517/.880 with 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 6 walks and 14 strikeouts.

Bubba Thompson has an 11-game on-base streak so we will see if he can keep that going. He’s put up a solid campaign this season hitting a line of .274/.348/.473/.821 in 46 games.

Cole Winn is phenomenal. He is 2nd in the Double-A Central with a 2.54 earned run average. He’s first in WHIP (0.77) and BAA (.117) in 10 games.

Hans Crouse had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning in his last start against the Midland RockHounds. He’s working on a couple of new pitches: cutter and a two-seam so the outing was impressive and it’ll be interesting to see if he is able to replicate that.

Travelers

Julio Rodriguez, a top 5 ranked prospect in baseball was promoted to Double-A recently. In 6 games, he has a line of .333/.481/.524/1.005 with a home run, 4 RBI, a stolen base, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts. It’s going to be interesting to see how long he stays in Double-A and if he will go straight to the Majors once he does get the call.

LHP Brandon Williamson, the Mariners # 8 ranked prospect. He’s started two games in Double-A and has a total of 10 innings pitched with a 3.60 earned run average. He’s walked two and struckout 10.

Promotions

The Arkansas Travelers have some really good promotions happening during this series.

Tuesday is Kids Night which features free train rides and $1 on certain ice cream. They’ll also get to run the bases.

Wednesday is dubbed “Dog Days of Summer” where you’re able to bring Man’s best friend and receive $3 off of a general admission ticket and $1 hot dogs.

Thursday is similar to what the RoughRiders do which is Thirsty Thursday. You can get $2 Busch Light, $3 Select Draft Beer for Mug Club members.

Friday they will have a baseball giveaway and post-game fireworks.

Saturday is another perfect day to bring the kids. They’ll give away team card sets and kids get to run the bases.

Sunday is Operation Military Appreciation Day. A military ID will get you $3 off a general admission ticket, box or reserved. Kids also get to run the bases.