Today in Chiefsville: April 16, 2016 – Lackawanna Cole Mining

Courtesy ghostsoldiers.tv

Courtesy ghostsoldiers.tv

The Lackawanna County Coal Mine is a 15 minute drive from PNC Field, and gives folks a chance to head 300 feet underground, and explore a coal mine that first opened in 1860. Its a cool chance to head underground and experience a whole different world.

Well the Chiefs will go Cole Mining today, as opening-day starter A.J. Cole returns to the bump for Syracuse today against Lackawanna County’s RailRiders. We’ll talk to you from the ballpark.


 Game #8 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-3) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 3:50 p.m. // First Pitch 4:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP A.J. Cole (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (1-0, 1.69 -AA)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Inside Pitch Podcast


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base three more times yesterday, and has now reached in 17 of his 29 plate appearances this year, tallying eleven hits and six walks. For the young season, Turner leads the league in average and on-base percentage, is third in the league in stolen bases and tied for fifth in walks.

Multi-Hit Caleb: As he did many times last season, Caleb Ramsey quietly put together a three-hit game last night. Ramsey is now second in the I.L. in average at .412, going seven for his first 17. Ramsey was second on the Chiefs last year with 26 multi-hit games, including 4 three-hit games and a team high three four-hit games.

Success from the Bump: Paolo Espino put together another solid performance by a Chiefs starter last night. Syracuse’s starters have allowed just six earned runs in 35 innings pitched (1.54 ERA). The staff as a whole has been a success so far, holding the league’s third-best ERA at 1.66 (Toledo: 1.20).

Cole Mining: A.J. Cole looks to build off his successful first start of the season. Cole allowed just one unearned run in five innings on Friday against Lehigh Valley. Dating back to last year, Cole has allowed just five earned runs in his last 44 International League innings pitched over seven starts (1.02 ERA).

LOB City: The Chiefs left eight runners on base yesterday, now totally 47 runners left on base in the last four games (40 innings). The Chiefs are hitting just .161 with runners in scoring position this year, and just six for their last 50 in those situations (.120).

Take a Walk: Despite having played two fewer games, Syracuse is tied with Durham for the league lead in walks. The Chiefs have tallied 37 walks through the first seven games of the season. While Syracuse is 11th in average in I.L. this year, it ranks fourth in on-base percentage.

Inside Pitch Podcast: Episode 2 – Shifty Defense

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On this week’s podcast, we relive some of the top moments from the Chiefs first week of the season. And we discuss such topics as how the new Nationals manager has had an impact on the whole system, the new Chiefs defense, and playing through the cold.

Today in Chiefsville: April 15th, 2016 – Will We Ever Play Nine?

The sport where Gary Sanchez's walkoff home run landed last night.

The sport where Gary Sanchez’s walkoff home run landed last night at PNC Field in Moosic, PA (Eric Gallanty)

A long way from home plate. This is where Gary Sanchez’s walkoff home run landed last night as the RailRiders beat the Chiefs 2-0 in another extra-inning game. The Chiefs start to 2016 continues to be anything but normal, as through day eight, Syracuse has still not played a nine-inning game. When the Chiefs have actually played, they’ve racked up a lot of innings…

Thursday April 7th: Game postponed

Friday April 8th: 14 innings (doubleheader)

Saturday April 12th: Game postponed

Sunday April 10th: Game postponed

Monday April 11th: Game postponed

Tuesday April 13th: 14 innings (doubleheader)

Wednesday April 14th: 13 innings

Thursday April 15th: 11 innings

Amazingly, yesterday’s 11-inning affair was the fewest innings the Chiefs have played on any day this year. At some point, things will have to normalize. But the more days we go, we seem to get closer and closer to matching the 1983 Chiefs with the strangest start to a season in franchise history.

In terms of today, Paolo Espino is the last member of the opening day roster to make his season debut. Espino was one of the bright spots last season, posting 12 quality starts with Syracuse.

Offensively, the Chiefs will try to break Scranton’s 28-straight scoreless innings pitched streak. We look forward to talking to you from the base of Montage Mountain in Moosic.


 Game #7 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-2) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (5-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 6:20 p.m. // First Pitch 6:35 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 9.00)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Pedro Severino


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base two more times yesterday, and has now reached in 14 of his 25 plate appearances this year, tallying eight hits and six walks. For the young season, Turner is tied for the league lead in stolen bases, second in OBP, and tied for fourth in runs scored.

LOB City: The Chiefs have put a ton of runners on base so far this year. Through six games (49 offensive innings), Syracuse has tallied 71 base runners, putting an average of 1.44 base runners/inning. Over the last three games however, the Chiefs have left a total of 39 runners on base (31 innings). The Chiefs are hitting just .155 with runners in scoring position this year, and just four for their last 39 in those situations (.103).

Success from the Bump: Taylor Jordan was outstanding for the Chiefs yesterday, continuing the great start to the season for the Chiefs starting rotation. Syracuse’s starters have allowed just four earned runs in 30 innings pitched (1.20 ERA). The staff as a whole has been a success so far, holding the league’s second- best ERA at 1.39 (Toledo: 1.00).

Let’s Play Nine?: Entering the Chiefs’ seventh game of the season tonight, Syracuse has still not played a nine- inning game. After the first six days of the season had games either postponed or played as seven-inning doubleheaders, Syracuse has played back-to-back extra inning games, totaling 24 innings. Syracuse played back-to-back extra innings games once last year, playing 11 innings on June 20th and 10 on June 21st against Buffalo. Due to the doubleheaders, yesterday’s 11 innings were actually the fewest numbers of innings played on a day this year.

Playoff Paolo: Paolo Espino becomes the last player on Syracuse’s roster to make his season debut when he gets the start tonight. Espino was one of the brightest spots for Syracuse last year, throwing a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER or less) 12 times out of 19 chances. Espino’s first six starts as a Chief was as impressive a stretch as any Chief put together last year, allowing just six earned runs in 41.2 IP (1.30 ERA), pitching into the seventh inning in all six starts. Espino also closed the year strong, allowing only four earned runs in his final 25.1 IP (1.42 ERA)

When the Chiefs Called Toronto Home

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Snow and Cold early in the week forced the Chiefs to move their opener to an empty Coca-Cola Park at Lehigh Valley.

Snow and Cold early in the week forced the Chiefs to move their opener to an empty Coca-Cola Park at Lehigh Valley. (Eric Gallanty)

By Eric Gallanty (@ericgallanty)

The first week of the 2016 Chiefs season was by all accounts one of the weirdest and most turbulent stretches you can imagine thanks to Mother Nature. The first four games of the year postponed to snow and cold. The first contests played as home games in a road ballpark. Then another postponement on day five thanks to rain, and a doubleheader to make it up the next day.

This is the life of baseball in April in Central New York, where no matter how much planning, no matter how much praying, Mother Nature is either on board or very much off, and for the 2016 Chiefs it was unfortunetly the latter.

The most notable and memorable part of the strange opening week was of course that when baseball was finally played, it was not in Syracuse but 204 miles down the road in Allentown. And with the IronPigs not excepting to host baseball for another week, the stadium was not ready and thus the games were played in an empty ballpark.

Courtesy funwhileitlasted.net

Courtesy funwhileitlasted.net

It would be hard to imagine a crazier start. But it happened, when the Chiefs tried to open their 1983 home campaign.

After starting the 1983 season on the road, Syracuse was slated to return home for an opening six-game homestand against the Charleston Charlies and Tidewater Tides. But Mother Nature, in even more dramatic fashion than in 2016, would have nothing of this opening series, dumping six inches of snow on MacArthur Stadium. It was obvious that the scheduled opener, and the entire series, was very much in question.

So Chiefs owner and GM Tex Simone made a deal with the Chiefs parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the Jays on the road, the Chiefs pilled on a bus and headed north of the boarder, to play its first six scheduled home games at Toronto’s Exhibition Field.

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From Syracuse Post Standard

The Chiefs and Charlies were set to play a doubleheader Friday and open the Tidewater series as scheduled Saturday.

Now as you can imagine, this last second chance did not come cheap. The Chiefs and Blue Jays split the cost, putting tickets on sale for $3. The Blue Jays picked up a majority of the tab, and would retain the revenue from their concessions. The Chiefs would get the ticket money, but would need a sizable attendance number in order to break even (Syracuse Post Standard).

So off Syracuse went to Toronto. And when Friday night came, the Chiefs and Charles opened Syracuse’s ‘home’ season. But the hometown Blue Jays fans did not come out for their Triple-A club.

Toronto's Exhibition Stadium (BallparksofBaseball.com)

Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium (BallparksofBaseball.com)

The total attendance for that first day?

623.

The Chiefs then battled with the Tides the following day and it was clear the Chiefs would not achieve the fan support needed to break even for the trip. So Tex decided two days were enough, and the team got back on the buses and headed home four days early. And at home they sat, when as expected the following days games could not be played due to more inclement weather.

Courtesy richardnilsen.com

Courtesy richardnilsen.com

Six days after the originally scheduled home opener, the Chiefs finally played at MacArthur Stadium in a doubleheader against Tidewater. As it turned out, it was the only time Chiefs fans got to see Darryl Strawberry in Syracuse with the eventual Governor’s Cup Champion Tides.

It turned out to be a brief and uneventful stay for the ’83 Chiefs at Exhibition Stadium. But for two days in April, the Chiefs called Toronto home. That would be the longest delay of a home opener in Syracuse until it took six days for the Chiefs to finally play at NBT Bank Stadium in 2016.

Syracuse Post Standard

Syracuse Post Standard

Today in Chiefsville: April 14th, 2016 – ‘First’ Time on the Road

‘First’ Time on the Road:

At some point here soon, we’ll be able to stop having to quantify each of the Chiefs’ firsts this season with quotes. Despite already playing two games away from NBT Bank Stadium as ‘home’ games, Syracuse starts its ‘official’ road schedule today with a trip to the defending I.L. North champs. It’s a RailRiders team that once again boasts prospects like Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott and 2015 I.L. All-Star Ben Gamel. The newest edition to the RailRiders is Nick Swisher, who spent a few games in Syracuse last year rehabbing with Columbus (Kevin talked to Nick last year for our pregame show). He’ll play his first game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight.

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The weekend series is an early battle for first place in the I.L. North. Despite all the craziness of the last week of postponements and doubleheaders, its the Chiefs firmly atop the I.L. standings, having managed to find their way through this difficult stretch. Syracuse has tallied a lot of extra base runners on walks and used its team speed once on base to put together enough runs to back up its outstanding pitching. The Chiefs are second in the I.L. in walks, second in OBP, tied for first in sacrifice bunts, and second in stolen bases. Now the task turns to getting those runs home, as the Chiefs have left 30 runners on base over the last two games (19 innings). They’ll try to do that tonight at 6:35. Hope you can join us then.


 Game #6 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-1) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (4-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 6:20 p.m. // First Pitch 6:35 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Jordan (0-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 2.25)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Brendan Ryan


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner has reached base in 12 of his 20 plate appearances this year, tallying seven hits and five walks. For the young season, Turner is tied for the league lead in stolen bases, fourth in OBP, and tied for third in runs scored.

LOB City: The Chiefs have put a ton of runners on base so far this year. Through five games (38 offensive innings), Syracuse has tallied 62 base runners, putting an average of 1.63 base runners/inning. Over the last two games however, the Chiefs have left a total of 30 runners on base (20 innings).

Success from the Bump: The Chiefs pitching staff held Buffalo to just two runs in 13 innings yesterday, continuing a solid start to the season. Syracuse holds the second-best staff ERA in the I.L. so far at 1.76. The Chiefs’ starting rotation has been especially good so far, allowing just four earned runs in 24 innings pitched.

Let’s Play Nine: Entering the Chiefs’ sixth game of the season tonight, Syracuse has still not played a nine- inning game. After the first six days of the season have had games either postponed or played as seven-inning doubleheaders, Syracuse and Buffalo concluded their series with a 13-inning affair yesterday.

Air Jordan: Taylor Jordan gets the ball for the Chiefs for the second time this season. The right-hander allowed just one run in five innings last Friday against Lehigh Valley. Jordan will be pitching on five days’ rest tonight, a recipe that served him well last year. In 12 starts on regular rest (4 or 5 days), Jordan held a 1.23 ERA (10 ER/73.1 IP). Conversely, on starts of odd rest (<5 days, MLB Call up, etc.), Jordan’s ERA was 6.89 (24 ER/30.1 IP).

Alone at the Top: The Chiefs have been at first place for six consecutive days on the young season. Last year, Syracuse did not end a day of the regular season in either first or second place.

Family Reunion: Chiefs C Jhonatan Solano is reunited with his brother, IF Donovan Solano, today. The two played together last season in the Marlins’ organization, both for Miami and Triple-A New Orleans. The Solano brothers also played against each other in 2013 when Jhonatan made his MLB debut for Washington.

Today in Chiefsville: April 13, 2016 – Let’s Play Nine

Let’s Play Nine

After four seven inning contests and six days of postponements, home games on the road, and doubleheaders, the Chiefs will play a game as previously scheduled when they host the Bisons this afternoon. The Chiefs will debut the Nats’ #9 prospect Austin Voth, who starts in Triple-A this year after being named the Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015. On the other side, Drew Hutchison, who won 13 games with Toronto last season, gets the ball for the Bisons. We look forward to talking to you this afternoon.


 Games #5 – Syracuse Chiefs (3-1) vs. Buffalo Bisons (3-3)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

Pregame 12:50 p.m. // First Pitch 1:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Austin Voth (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (0-1, 1.80)


Today’s Lineup:

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Today’s Interview – Brian Daubach:


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base six times in seven plate appearances yesterday, going 5 for 6 with a walk, and tallying a double, stolen base, run scored and an RBI. For the season, Turner has reached base in 10 of his 13 plate appearances with four runs scored and has stolen three bases.

Take a Walk: The Chiefs have found their way on base in the first four games of the year via the walk. Syracuse walked 11 times in yesterday’s doubleheader, bringing its season total to 19 walks in four games. The walks have been part of the Chiefs’ recipe to put a lot of runners on base to start the year. Syracuse has tallied 42 baserunners through the first four games of the season, averaging 1.68 base runners/inning. The Chiefs have had multiple runners on in 10 of 25 innings in which they’ve hit this year.

Bend but Don’t Break: Syracuse’s relief corps was solid overall in Tuesday’s doubleheader. The bullpen combined to allow two earned runs in six innings. Those are the only two runs allowed by the ‘pen in 10 innings worked this season. As a staff, the Chiefs hold a 1.93 team ERA so far, good enough for third best in the I.L. to date

Let’s Play Nine: For the first time this year, the Chiefs will play a scheduled nine-inning game today. After the first six days of the season have had games either postponed or played as seven-inning doubleheaders, the Chiefs will go the full nine this afternoon. The six affected games are the longest streak before the Chiefs’ first nine-inning home game since 1983, when Syracuse was snowed out for six days before its home opener against Tidewater.

Prospect Watch: Austin Voth gets the start for the Chiefs today in his Syracuse debut. Voth was named the Nationals Minor League pitcher of the year last season, holding a 2.92 ERA with Double-A Harrisburg. He led the Eastern League in strikeouts a season ago with 148 punch-outs in 157.1 IP. Voth enters 2016 as the 5th- highest-ranked pitching prospect in the Nationals system, according to Baseball America (Lucas Giolito, Erick Fedde, Reynaldo Lopez, A.J. Cole, Voth).

Feeling Shifty: The Chiefs’ New Defensive Approach

The most eye-catching difference with the Chiefs this year hasn’t been the new uniforms or the new roster. It’s the new defensive alignments. Syracuse has overshifted in the first four games more dramatically than the Chiefs did at just about any point last season.

The shifts are part of a new organizational philosophy put forth by the Nationals. In spring training, Nationals field coordinator Jeff Garber worked extensively on shifts with the position players. Chiefs hitting coach Brian Daubach is in charge of the team’s defensive alignments this year. Before home games, the team has a sheet posted in the clubhouse hallway that notes the tendencies of each opposing team’s hitter.

In Tuesday’s doubleheader vs. Buffalo, the Chiefs placed three infielders on one side against a handful of Buffalo batters. Here’s a look at those alignments, starting with the shift to left-handed Domonic Brown…

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On the left of your screen, shortstop Trea Turner fields a ground ball hit by Brown in the first inning of Game One yesterday. Without the overshift, that grounder likely makes its way into center field for an RBI single. Second baseman Brendan Ryan is the player to the right, coming in from the edge of the outfield grass.

Next up, a shift against left-handed Casey Kotchman, which was even more dramatic…

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This picture shows the Chiefs’ infield after a slow ground ball to first base. Back it up before the pitch, and you’d find second baseman Brendan Ryan even deeper onto the outfield – maybe 10 or so steps. Meanwhile, Turner’s shift from shortstop is slightly deeper than against Brown. Again, this freeze-frame is from after the ball’s been hit, so Turner’s ranging to his right to hover near second base.

While shifts against left-handed batters seem more frequent, the Chiefs also pulled three infielders to one side against right-handed batters, with mixed success. Here’s an alignment against Jesus Montero…

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On this occasion, the Chiefs’ alignment worked to perfection. Second baseman Brendan Ryan, playing well to the third-base side, fields a ground ball from Montero and throws to first from near his usual shortstop position for an easy out. In yesterday’s game two, however, Montero hit a weak bouncer to the vacant hole on the right side for a single in a key sixth-inning rally.

That’s a play that opponents of the shift will point to in their opposition to over-defending. However, in the small sample size of yesterday’s 14-inning doubleheader, the Chiefs made more plays thanks to shifts than they lost, particularly against the third and fourth-place hitters, Brown and Montero.

One caveat to all this: if you’re going to move your middle infielders around, you’d better have infielders with good range. With Brendan Ryan and Scott Sizemore at second base and Trea Turner at shortstop, the Chiefs aced that test yesterday.

Today in Chiefsville: April 12th, 2016 – Finally, The ‘Home’ Opener

Finally, The ‘Home’ Opener

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By Eric Gallanty (@ericgallanty) – 

Baseball is back in Syracuse. Finally. Its a beginning to a season that’s already had its predictable moments. But those have been far outweighed by the cold, snow, and rain that has descended on Central New York, forcing the Chiefs to postpone or move their first five scheduled home games of the season. It’s a season so far that looks like this:

Postponed or affected games: 5

Days Chiefs have been in first place: 4

Chiefs stolen bases: 3

Chiefs games played: 2

Chiefs earned runs allowed: 1

Total Attendance for Chiefs games in 2016: 0

The predictable thing has been the Chiefs performance on the field when they have actually played this year. Team speed and pitching were thought to be a strength of the team coming into the season and that has been the case through two games. The zero fans, two games, and four days in first, perhaps less predictable.

It is still a bit chilly in Syracuse today, but the radar is all clear and we should be good to go for today’s doubleheader. It’s the second of a minimum of four doubleheaders scheduled for the season (Chiefs went 4-6 in doubleheader games last year), with double-dips scheduled with Lehigh Valley on April 20th and August 19th.

Syracuse sends Taylor Hill to the mound, looking to regain his form from 2014 when he led the league in ERA. It’ll also be the Chiefs return in game two for Aaron Laffey. The Chiefs’ 2014 I.L. All-Star spent last season in the Rockies organization.

Barring any continuation of recent weather patterns, today is the first two in a stretch of 41 games in 40 days. We look forward to talking to you from the ballpark tonight.


 Games #3 & #4 – Syracuse Chiefs (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bisons (2-2)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

Pregame 3:50 p.m. // First Pitch 4:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

Gm 1: RHP Taylor Hill (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Chris Leroux (0-0, -.–)

Gm 2: LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Casey Lawrence (0-0, -.–)


Today’s Lineup Card (Game 1):

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Today’s Interview – Tony Campana:


Roster Moves (From 4/11):

INF Brendan Ryan added from Extended Spring Training

C Nick Rickles reassigned to Extended Spring Training


Today’s Headlines:

Kings of Rain: Monday’s game was rained out – the fifth consecutive Chiefs home game to start the season postponed due to weather. The opening four were postponed due to an unsafe playing field and inclement weather. Syracuse had just five postponed games all of 2015.

If A Baseball’s Thrown in The Forest…: The Chiefs opened the 2016 season in unique fashion, sweeping a doubleheader from the IronPigs on Friday. Though played as Chiefs ‘home’ games, the two were hosted at Lehigh Valley’s Coca-Cola Park in a stadium closed to the public, due to the facility not yet being ready to host I.L. games in 2016. Chiefs pitchers allowed just one earned run in the two games. Offensively, Syracuse stole three bases and walked eight times in the twin bill.

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – started the season as you might expect. Turner paced the Chiefs offense in the first two games of the year. Turner was 1 for 3 with three walks, two stolen bases, and three runs scored in the two games. He also scored the game-winning run of game two when he came home on a wild pitch.

Bullish on the Pen: Syracuse’s relief corps, which shapes up to be a team strength, was solid in its first two efforts of the year. Four relievers (Solis, Martin, Gott, Masset) combined to allow just two hits and no runs in four innings of work Friday. Seven of the eight Chiefs relievers have pitched in the majors, six of whom pitched in the big leagues last year. RHP Rafael Martin leads the way after his team-high 11 games pitched in spring training. Martin carries a 14-inning Syracuse scoreless streak from 2015 into this season.

Return to the Hill: Taylor Hill takes the ball for the Chiefs in Game One, trying to regain the form that made him one of the I.L.’s best pitchers in 2014. Hill finished second in the I.L. in ERA in the Chiefs’ 2014 division title season, but struggled at times last year. Hill posted a 5.23 ERA in 22 starts with the Chiefs in 2015. However, he ranked second on the Chiefs with 118.2 innings pitched and tallied the most starts of any Chiefs pitcher.

Today in Chiefsville: April 11th 2016 – Rain, Rain, Go Away

We’ve waited four days, what’s one more? Monday’s Chiefs ‘home’ opener has once again been postponed due to rain throughout the afternoon and forecasted this evening. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Taylor Hill and Aaron Laffey are scheduled to start for the Chiefs tomorrow.

We’ll play baseball at some point, we promise.

Today in Chiefsville: April 10th, 2016 – Two Days Off?

Two Days Off?

By Eric Gallanty (@ericgallanty)

It’s almost as rare as playing a professional baseball game in front of an empty stadium. Two consecutive days off during the baseball season. And even more rare, a Saturday and Sunday off in a row.

That is the case after the Chiefs were forced to postpone their opening series of the year at home. After a doubleheader on Friday to kick off the season, Syracuse has to wait until Monday to restart its season when it hosts Buffalo at 6:35 p.m.

After playing two games in four days (barring anymore unforeseen postponements), Syracuse is scheduled for 41 games in the next 41 days with a lone off day on April 27th.

The Thruway Cup begins tomorrow as the Chiefs, 2-0 at ‘home’, and alone in first place host the Bisons.


Notes:

The makeup dates for Saturday and Sunday’s postponed games have been announced. The Chiefs and IronPigs will now play doubleheaders on Wednesday, April 20th and Friday, August 19th.

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