Now that the season is in full swing, I’m going to try and keep up with posts like this one to preview each day of games.
BEST BET: No. 4 Mid Valley (4-1, 4-1 overall) at No. 3 Old Forge (4-0, 5-0)
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- LAST YEAR: Teams split season series. Mid Valley outscored Old Forge, 11-6, over the two games.
- SEASON BREAKDOWNS:
- Mid Valley: vs. Riverside, W 12-2; vs. Holy Cross, L 3-2; vs. Lakeland, W 3-2; vs. Carbondale Area, W 11-0; vs. Dunmore, W 7-3.
- Old Forge: vs. Susquehanna, W 8-0; vs. Dunmore, W 5-1; vs. Holy Cross, W 7-2; vs. Riverside, W 12-9; vs. Carbondale Area, W 8-3
- THE MATCHUP: This game features two of the more balanced teams in the Lackawanna League. Mid Valley has scored 35 runs and allowed just 10. Only three teams in the league have given up fewer runs than the Spartans (Valley View, 6; Montrose, 8; and Abington Heights, 9). Old Forge has scored 40 runs and allowed 15. Just one team, Lackawanna Trail (50), has scored more runs than the Blue Devils in the league.
- STARTING PITCHER PREDICTION:
- Mid Valley: Nick Demian. The 2012 Times-Tribune All-Region selection hasn’t pitched since April 8, when he tossed seven strong innings in a win over Lakeland. Demian is 2-0 this season, with a 1.50 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a 1.000 WHIP.
- Old Forge: The Blue Devils could go a couple of ways here. David Chromey tossed seven innings of one-run ball against Dunmore last Thursday, when he allowed four hits, walked two and struck out 10. On the early season, he is 1-0 with a 6.51 ERA and 15 strikeouts (two starts). He’s a lefty, and that could provide some matchup advantages for Old Forge and give him the edge. Derek Drasba has gotten off to an impressive start, going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and nine strikeouts in 13 innings.
- POWER POTENTIAL:
- Mid Valley: Chris Rebar. Leads the team with 8 RBIs, and of his four hits, two are home runs and one is a double.
- Old Forge: Drasba. Quite a few players have impressive numbers on this team. Drasba is batting .467 with 7 RBIs, 8 runs and two doubles.
NEXT BEST: Scranton (3-1) at No. 2 North Pocono (3-1)
- LAST YEAR: North Pocono swept the two games against Scranton, outscoring the Knights, 8-3.
- SEASON BREAKDOWNS:
- North Pocono: vs. Abington Heights, L 12-2; vs. Delaware Valley, W 8-7; vs. Honesdale, W 6-3; vs. Wallenpaupack, W 7-0.
- Scranton: vs. West Scranton, W 6-0; vs. Valley View, L 3-1; vs. Scranton Prep, W 6-4; vs. Scranton, W 18-3.
- THE MATCHUP: Because of the Lackawanna League’s realignment, this will be the only meeting between the former Division I rivals. North Pocono is coming off a 12-2 loss to Abington Heights. The Trojans have scored 23 runs this season and have allowed 22. Scranton beat West Scranton, 6-0, the last time out and, in the game before that, dropped a close one to No. 1 Valley View, 3-1. The Knights have scored 31 runs this season and have gotten solid work out of their pitchers, allowing just 10 runs.