Friday, July 10, 2015

Miner Meditation

Three days the Railroaders have been idle, two rainouts and one scheduled day off, plenty of time for rest and reflection. There are eleven games remaining in the season with the Railroaders in third place, 4 games behind the Bombers and trailing the Miners by one game. 

There 2 games each left with both the Miners and Bombers, the first with the Miners is tonight at the Yard. The remaining 3 regular season games with these two teams will be on the road.  

Needless to say tonight’s game with the Miners is an important one for the Railroaders. They a have 3-5 record head-to-head with the Miners.  The same 3-5 record holds true with the Bombers, whom the Railroaders travel to DC on Saturday to play a game. It is time this weekend for the Railroaders to begin to even the score with both teams.

The task of winning the regular season will be a difficult one and requires the very best of the Railroaders.  The Bombers and Miners are not the only teams to dominate, the Railroaders must also control the remaining 7 games left with the Oilers (3 games) and Hoppers (4 games).  All but two of these 7 games will be played at the Yard in Fulton; a doubleheader in Owensboro accounts for remainder.

We’re asking everyone who can make to come out to Yard tonight and help get the Railroaders engine fired up.  See you there, or on TeamLine.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hoppers return to the Yard tonight, maybe

After last night’s loss to the Bombers, preceded by the beat down from the Miners the night before, maybe it’s time for a little shock treatment before the Hoppers arrive for a in Fulton, weather permitting of course.

The Railroaders have dropped four of their last five games and appear to be struggling.  All four losses were with the Bombers and Miners who are clearly on the up swing heading towards the final season stretch.  In the four defeats, our opponents combine batting average was .336 with 28 RBI and scored 31 runs.  The Railroaders could only manage a .207 batting average for 8 RBI runs total, well below their overall season team average.  On base averages were .421 for the Miners and Bombers together, the Railroaders only managing a .262 OBA.
Pitching ERA has suffered as well; while the Miners and Bombers had a healthy 1.50 ERA against us, the Railroaders had a 6.09 ERA, over double their season team average of 2.67. 

Do we have the spirit for the task ahead?  With only 11 games left for the Railroaders, it’s time to get off the stick and use it to produce some offense.  Four of the 11 games left are with the Miners and Bombers, two each.  The Railroaders need to win these games to stay with the top two teams.  The five remaining game with the lower standing Hoppers and Oilers won’t be a sure thing either.  No time left to continue a slump, time for hits and more RBI.  Let’s tighten up more on defense and support the pitching to help.  Fulton is trailing 4 ½ games behind the Bombers and ½ game back of the Miners. We need to fire it up and move up.

The Hoppers are due in the Yard tonight, but the weather at this point remains questionable.  Hopefully the Railroaders will be able to play the game and get back to their winning ways. We’ll be eyeing the weather and post any new information as we get it, but as for now we’ll see you at the Yard or online TeamLine.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday night baseball; Railroaders and Bombers

After last night’s train wreck in Madisonville, it’s time to quickly clean up the mess and get the train back on the track.  There’s no time to dwell on the loss as the highflying Bombers are heading to Fulton for game with the Railroaders tonight in the Yard.

The 20-9 first place Bombers are 3½ games ahead of both the 16-12 Railroaders and 15-11 Miners.  The Miners currently hold the second place spot by percentage points, but the Railroaders can retake that position and gain a game on the Bombers with a win this evening. The Miners are idle for today.

The Oilers beat the Bombers last night, breaking a 6 game DC winning streak. It was also only the second loss for the Bombers at home in League Stadium. The Bombers will likely be hot to get back on their winning ways tonight.  The Railroaders need to shake off the bad memories from last night and get their bats ready to slug it out.

Game time is 7:05 pm and TeamLine will be up 10 minutes before the hour. Big game for Railroaders as the season begins to wind down. Only 7 home games left before post-season playoffs. If you’re in the area, come on out to the Yard for a night of baseball and help support the Railroaders take on the Bombers.