Though they’re on the outside looking in, the Sea Dogs can still make a Playoff impact
That’s how far behind the Sea Dogs are to the Trenton Thunder, the
leaders of the Eastern League Eastern Division. The second place team,
the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, are 12.5 games up on the ‘Dogs. It’s
never a fun thing to think or say, but it doesn’t look like the Sea Dogs
will be making a playoff push this season, but don’t think that
Portland will not have an impact on the possible playoff teams.
The Sea Dogs have the remainder of their series with Bowie (2nd place in
the EL West) and Richmond (5th in the EL West) on this road trip. They
return home to play Altoona (1st in the EL West) and Trenton (1st in the
EL East) for six games at Hadlock. This is followed by a seven game
road trip through Harrisburg (3rd in the EL West) and New Hampshire (2nd
in the EL East). The season ends with an eight game home stand versus
Binghamton (4th in the EL East) and New Hampshire.
That’s 19 remaining games against teams holding first, second, or third
place positions in their division. Just by the number of games remaining
against playoff-caliber teams, the Sea Dogs are some how going to
factor in to how the potential playoff teams will finish. The Portland
offense has enough potency to give starting pitchers fits, and with a
team full of young prospects and an always professional coaching staff,
this will not be a team who’ll give up and quit.
So while it’s unfortunate that the Sea Dogs probably won’t be
celebrating a playoff birth, they will be affecting the Eastern League’s
development is fairly simple. Draft a player, help him hone his skills
through different levels (Single-A, Double-A, ect…) and have him help
your major league team in the long run. As we all know, it’s not that
easy. Players who are “can’t miss” prospects do miss. Guys you’ve never
heard of make impact plays for the major league club (Daniel Nava,
Kalish is the latest prospect to make it through the minor league
system and got to the promise land; the Boston Red Sox. Kalish wasn’t a
rock star prospect. Sure, people knew about him, but he was never the
number one guy in Baseball America.
work has been the calling card for Kalish. He’s been at every stop
through the Boston organization: The Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2006,
the Lowell Spinners in ’06 and ’07. Greenville and Lancaster followed in
2008, then spending time in Salem and Portland in 2009. Kalish then
made the jump from Portland to Pawtucket, then to Boston in all in a
season. Four years, 367 minor league games. Every level of the system.
78 games in the minors this year, (41 with Portland, 37 with
Pawtucket), Kalish hit .294 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. Kalish’s speed
has also been on displayed, swiping 25 bases through that time. With
the rash of injured outfielders in Boston, it was only a matter of time
before the Red Sox called up their 9th round pick of the 2006 draft.
isn’t the first time a player has climbed through the Red Sox
organizational latter, and it probably won’t be the last. We know the
stories of Jon Lester and Jon Papelbon and of Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin
Pedroia, among others. Will Kalish be as good as these players have
been? Only time will tell. But when you walk in to Hadlock Field and see
the jerseys of current Red Sox who’ve played with the Sea Dogs, know
that Kalish has earned the right to have his up there.
Here’s the complete interview with Arnie Beyeler
Here’s a recap of last night homestand by Matt McLaughlin
The Sea Dogs were back in town for a 96 hour home stand
in the fourth weekend of July, and while the first game was a success, the
final three left the ‘Dogs looking for some answers.
Portland was riding a five game winning streak, picking up three straight
against division rival New Hampshire. Game one of the series was a success, As
Alex Wilson earned his third win, and the Sea Dogs won their seventh straight
game, 9-1 over Harrisburg. The red-hot Ryan Lavarnway went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI.
Nate Spears and Chih-Hsien Chiang both homered.
Rehabbing Washington National Jason Marquis started game two of the series for
Harrisburg, and while the Sea Dogs jumped on Marquis early, they couldn’t pull
off a late rally, and fell 7-5. That snapped the winning streak at six, but
Lavarnway continued his personal hitting streak to eight games.
Saturday’s game was a pitchers duel, as Portland starter Kyle Weiland allowed
only one hit through seven innings, striking out eight. Andrew Kown, starter
for Harrisburg, also went seven strong, allowing one run and five k’s.
Unfortunately for the ‘Dogs, All-Star Jason Rice had perhaps his worst outing
of the year, giving up two runs. Portland dropped game three, 2-1.
Harrisburg’s bats heated up in the last game of the series. Portland allowed a
season high 17 hits, and fell 10-3. Marvin Lowrance had quite a day at the
plate, smacking two homers.
Portland is on the road again, taking on Binghamton for three, then going down
to Harrisburg for a four game set.
Ryan Khoury is back at it again, hosting his second edition of Khoury’s Khourner – Part 1 of his conversation with Arnie Beyeler aired yesterday…here you go, in case you missed it –
Tonight before the series opener with the Binghamton Mets, you can hear part two of Khoury’s Khourner with Arnie Beyeler.
I wanted to wish my father a Happy Birthday, and tell him that without him, I would never be writing this now. Without my whole family, I would never have been provided the right tools, personality or the way to conduct myself. My family deserves more credit for what I get to do everyday. They have supported me from day one, and sacrificed a lot as parents. I went my first eight years in professional baseball seeing my my family only twice per year. They never once complained, and always told me to just keep doing what I love, but I know deep down it was hard for them to have their son away. This is my 14th season, and they still say the same things, and keep my confidence at an all-time high.
Last night was such a great event at Hadlock Field, without the game. That might sound strange, but Comcast New England traveled up to Portland, Maine to broadcast their 6 PM show from the field. Kyle Draper was the host, and did a terrific job with the interviews.
I’ll have more later, my mom and dad are visiting!
Manny Delcarmen threw nine pitches in his Major League Rehab assignment with Portland on Thursday night. Delcarmen started the game, and was relieved by Jeremy Kehrt, who suffered the loss.
Jeremy Hermida went 2-for-4 last night as Portland’s DH. Tonight he will back second again, and play left field.
With the All-Star game over, and the season quickly reaching 100 games, the Sea Dogs will start their roadtrip in New Britain with a few familiar names.
Manny Delcarmen, who has been sidelined since July 1st with a right forearm
strain, will make the start for Portland and pitch the first inning. Delcarmen is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA (17 ER/33.1 IP) in
33 relief appearances with the Red Sox this season. Outfielder Jeremy Hermida is expected to be in Portland’s lineup tonight as the designated hitter. Hermida has been sidelined since last month with fractured ribs. I saw the highlight of the injury today, and it strangely looks like the same play as Ellsbury. Now what are the chances that Adrian Beltre would be invovled in two collisions, leading to Ellsbury and Hermida both going on the disabled list.
Today is the 5th annual Future’s at Fenway with Lowell and Salem getting the opportunity to play. I was talking on the air last night how this game is such a great opportunity for so many people involved. The players, fans, front office, broadcasters and so many people are affected in so many ways. As a New England native and growing up in Massachusetts, my two days at Fenway Park were unexplainable. This is what you live for when you work in the business. I am so happy for the Lowell and Salem broadcasters to get the chance of a lifetime today.
In addition to playing infield and outfield, Ryan Khoury is getting set to host a weekly segment on the pre-game show called Khoury’s Corner
e-mail me at email@example.com for a guest you want on his show
Special to the blog from Matt McLaughlin
When we look at the New Britain Rock Cats this year, we see a
team that’s at the bottom of the Eastern League. While they may be the doormats
of the EL this year, it wasn’t always the case. New Britain has been prospect
laden franchise, something that their parent club, the Minnesota Twins, should
be proud of. Many major names in the Twins organization have spent time as a
Rock Cat. Here is just a short list of ex-’Cats who have made it big in the
The Twins organization have done an outstanding job at scouting
and drafting Major League talent, and as fans we’ve been lucky to see that
talent in the Double-A level. So while the 2010 New Britain Rock Cats find
themselves in the cellar of the Eastern League, remind yourself of the names
above, and know there will be more to come.