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Stories from above–Electric City edition

Good day,

We are in Scranton, home to this museum dedicated to the original master escapist.  Sadly, the weekdays are reserved for bus tours, so Couzens and I won’t be able to learn how to make a wildebeest disappear or something equally practical.
Interesting game last night.  The Yankees got the Chiefs to strand a Carrot Top audience (13 people) on base and still only won the game by a run.  A few notes:
-Kevin Mench is swinging the bat very well–he was 3-for-5 with a few well-struck singles in there.
-Josh Wilkie coaxed a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh to keep the game tight.
-The roster may be changing soon….got a press release from the Nats last night that announced Roger Bernadina had been optioned back to Syracuse.  With Scott Olsen scheduled to start this afternoon for the big club, the Nats could just do a 1-for-1 swap……but that’s unlikely….
-There is no free breakfast in the Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel, unless you count the oatmeal-almond bath soap and green tea and cypress shampoo.  Call the toxicologist.
Keep an eye on the YouTube page this road trip….
Jason

Stories from above–steel snouts edition

Good morning from the booth at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The Chiefs are off and rolling, on pace for 144-0.  A few notes from the first two wins over the IronPigs from Allentown:

*Trent Jewett seems to manage similarly to Tim Foli–100 miles per hour.  In the opener, his double steal with Pete Orr and Eric Bruntlett set up a pair of runs.  He’s an active manager, physically, too.  Trent spends as much time in the third base coaching box as Calista Flockhart spends at the buffet.  Not much.
*Roger Bernadina seems to show no ill effects from the ankle injury last season.  He stole two bags last year and has played a steady corner outfield.
*Josh Wilkie’s first appearance (in game two) was superb.  Scoreless 10th inning for the win.  8 out of 10 pitches were strikes.
*On a personal note, I caught the flu on Wednesday.  Last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I clicked onto TNT and started watching Bones.  Very rarely do I watch TNT if I’m not ill.  I think this goes for most of America.
Airtime is 1:30.  Former Chief Rich Thompson will join me and Mike.
Jason

Spring Training Bracketology – Pitching

With two weeks gone in spring training 2010 the Washington Nationals roster is beginning to take shape.  In the spirit of the NCAA field of 65 announcement today we thought we would look at where the Nationals might be with their major league and minor league pitching staffs at this point.

Major League starting rotation:  John Lannan and Jason Marquis are locks, while Scott Olsen should be penciled in as the third starter.  Craig Stammen coming off late season surgery is good enough for the fourth spot with veterans Livian Hernandez and Miguel Batista are fighting for the 5th spot – that won’t be needed until April 19th due to off days.

Major League bullpen:  Matt Capps and Brian Bruney are the back end, while Tyler Clippard and lefty Sean Burnett will pitch early.  That leaves Jason Bergmann, who is out of options, and Tyler Walker, who has been hit hard to date to fill out the staff.    Batista could be used as well early of if he doesn’t make the rotation.  Lefty Ron Villone, a non-roster player and now 41 years old would give them a second lefty out of the pen but right now is the 13 pitcher on a 12 or 11 man staff. 

AAA-Syracuse Staff:  A good deal of this staff depends on the health and decisions made with Olsen, Batista and Hernandez, but the Chiefs appear loaded no matter what happens.

J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock, Shairon Martis, veteran lefties Matt Chico, Chuck James, Andrew Kown, Collin Balester, Luis Atilano and Aaron Thompson give the team a wealth of depth to choose from.  In addtion, where does Stephen Strasburg begin his baseball career?

Bullpen includes:  Six lefthanded pitchers are competing for two maybe three spots and include Doug Slaten, Victor Garate, Jesse English – all picked up in the off season, while Nationals prospects Attie Severino, Yunior Novoa and Jack Spradlin return.

From the righthanded side of the bullpen the guy drafted after Stephen Strasburg – Drew Storen has been fantastic in spring training and could begin the season in Washington, but most likley will start in Syracuse with veterans Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier, Joel Peralta, Rafael Martin and Nationals prospect Josh Wilkie giving the Chiefs quality to choose from.  The Nats could even move Collin Balester or Luis Atilano to the bullpen – similar to the last seasons experiment with Tyler Clippard that payed off nicely.

That’s 22 names for 12 roster spots – pitching in 2010 looks very strong.

And we haven’t even talked about these guys……

Jeff Mandel 12-6   3.38 ERA – AA/A last season

Eric Arnesen 12-7   3.52 ERA AA/A last season

Brad Meyers  11-3  1.72 ERA AA/A last season

Marcos Frias  9-5  2.91 ERA Single A last season

AJ Morris  0-4  3.38  ERA in Single A last season

Tom Millone  12-5  2.91 ERA in Single A last season

Willie Atwood  8-8  4.61 ERA in Single A last season

These pitchers will likely play in AA this season and earn AAA promotions at some point during the 2010 season.

Pitching is strong in this organization and it’s all coming very fast through Central New York this summer.

Autograph signing at JR Junction

Chiefs pitchers Clint Everts, Josh Wilkie, and Zech Zinicola will sign autographs on Saturday, August 22, at JR Junction Train and Hobby from 12noon until 2:00pm.  JR Junction is located at 2716 Erie Blvd. East in Syracuse.
While you’re there getting an autograph you can also pick up a custom Syracuse Chiefs flatcar or covered hopper train car (see images below).  

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