When we last did our Staten Island Yankees’ weekly update, the team was coming off of the two-day New York-Penn League All-Star Break in playoff contention. This past week, they had five games against the Brooklyn Cyclones. They went into the break 3.5 games behind Brooklyn in the Wild Card. However, as it stands this afternoon, the team is 4.5 games behind with five games left, putting their “tragic number” at one.
Overall, the team went 2-3 against the Cyclones this week and 4-4 over the course of the eight games. This includes taking two of three on the road against the Vermont Lake Monsters. While the pitching held up, it was the offense that struggled for the majority of the week.
After putting up 14 runs on August 20 against Brooklyn, the team has put up 15 runs total over the past seven games. Even though it looks like the Baby Bombers will fall short of a playoff berth for the third straight season, the team’s record of 35-35 is still the most wins for the franchise since 2011.
The team did make one roster move on Wednesday afternoon as outfielder Daniel Lopez was promoted to Low-A Charleston. Lopez, who was in his third straight season on Staten Island, was hitting .206 this season with zero home runs and four RBI’s. Just this month, Lopez had six strikeouts in 13 at-bats.
With Jonathan Holder taking the mound tonight at Richmond County Bank Ballpark against the Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics), here are my top five Staten Island Yankees’ players of the week: