Friday, June 20, 2014

Matchup: Durham Bulls v. Syracuse Chiefs

The Syracuse Chiefs are the Triple A team of the Washington Nationals. At 42-30, they lead the International League 6-team North Division by 2 games. [standings] If matched up across the divisions, Syracuse and Indianapolis would be tied and the Bulls would be a full game behind both teams.

These teams are very well-matched, but the Chiefs have a series edge since they won every game of a 4-game series in Syracuse in early May. They arrive from Norfolk on a 3-game winning streak. The Bulls are coming off a 3-game losing streak, a very long road trip, and a rare day off.

So this is a chance for the Bulls to show us what they’ve got. They should be able to beat these guys.

Outside the game —
  • Meanwhile, I love pointing out that the Durham Bulls manager, Charlie Montoyo, has been named manager of the International League’s All-Star Team. Congratulations. Well-deserved.
  • Brandon Guyer, who had been rehabbing with the Bulls while they were on the road, has been activated and Ray’s outfielder David DeJesus has been put on the DL with a broken hand. That  probably means that Jerry Sands is going to stay with the Rays a bit longer. Good for him, but it means that the Bulls are back to just two outfielders on the roster. Guyer started in Thursday night’s game against Houston.

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