Fat Cats split rain-compressed road trip
After the Friday rainout in Hamilton, the Fat Cats would instead start their trip in Kitchener at Jack Couch Park; which, in my opinion, was one of the biggest successes of the season so far.
19 hits came flying off the Ottawa bats, with only 2 men (Miller, Wilson) mustering less than 2 hits. Coker, Hayes and McGovern had 3 hits each, which led the team. Those hits translated into 14 runs for Ottawa. Usually you see that kind of run production from the Panthers at Jack Couch Park, but James Amelotte held them to just 3.
Speaking of which, James Amelotte was outstanding on Saturday afternoon, dealing 10 strikeouts while only allowing 6 hits and walking 2. A great performance from a great pitcher who has seemed to assume the starting role that was given to him quite nicely. It’s nice to have another solid starter going in to the playoffs along with Huffman and Hummel.
I would like to include McGovern in that list, but we’ll have to wait and see how he does leading up to the postseason. For those of you who don’t know, he made his long-awaited return in Barrie on Saturday night and pitched well according to fans in Barrie and the Baycats GM, Doug Dimma. 1 K, 1 BB, 3 H, 1 R in 2 IP are some pretty respectable stats for a guy who hasn’t pitched since last September.
I also heard from some Barrie fans that the umpires weren’t too sharp. Josh Soffer agreed out loud on his twitter account, tweeting “I’ve never seen/had such a blatantly intentionally bad umpire”. Since it’s also been reported from Barrie fans, I have to assume that there’s no bias there.
Coker was on the mound once again. Granted, it was in the 9th in a 6 run game, but I’ve been impressed with him. For a guy who has only pitched twice this year, he’s not half bad. I just wish that I could see him pitch live or on TV to make a solid decision on him instead of just assuming. Either way, I’ve been impressed with the shortstop’s game on the mound and in general this year.
The Toronto game was cancelled about 4 stanzas in and will be replayed at a later date, however that still got Brett Sabourin 3 innings pitched, in which he walked 4 and allowed 4 earned runs while posting just 1 K.
Really not sure what’s been going on with him lately. Prior to this game his last start was in Brantford on June 29th, so you can likely come to the conclusion yourself that he would be a little rusty. In fact, that game in Brantford was the last time that he’d pitched over 1 inning.
That may have been the case today at Christie Pits, but Sabourin has been off this season altogether. He has the 2nd worst ERA on the team (not counting Boisvert and Durward) and is 1 of only 2 Fat Cats pitchers with a losing record (along with Eric Boisvert). I’m not sure that I would keep him on the bump in the postseason.
On the other hand, his offensive game has been commendable. In his 7 games as either a first baseman or designated hitter—he may have played a game or 2 in the outfield as well—Sabourin has posted a .297 ERA and a .400 OBP. Of course, these are only after 17 at bats; but if you compare it to say, Chris Latimer’s stats in those same categories (.200, .279), I would think that Sabourin would be a more valuable piece in the DH spot than some of the other Fat Cats hitters. I’m hoping that he gets slotted in there more often as the season draws to a close.
What was supposed to be the final series of the regular season for the Fat Cats vs Brantford will take place this weekend at Ottawa Stadium. Once again, the game means quite a bit standings-wise, as the Cats currently sit in a tie for 6th place with the Kitchener Panthers, a game back of Toronto for 5th and a game and a half behind Guelph for 4th place.
There is still an opportunity for Ottawa to jump in to a home field advantage these playoffs, but in order to do so we’ll have to take at least 1 game away from the 26-5 Sox this weekend. Won’t be an easy task!