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Texas-sized notebook

For the third consecutive season, the Revolution will end the regular season with a six-game road trip in Texas.  In 2012 and 2013, York posted identical 4-2 records on the trip.  Should they do that again, they’ll finish with the first 80-win regular season in franchise history.  Speaking of Texas, there is one stipulation on the playoff schedule:

  • If York’s first round opponent is Sugar Land, the Revolution will remain in the Houston area for Games 1 and 2 of the first round, before flying home for Game 3 on Friday, September 26 at Santander Stadium.  In that case, the series would start a day earlier than originally scheduled, meaning Games 1 and 2 would be on September 23 and 24 instead of 24 and 25.  This will allow both clubs a travel day back to York on the 25th to not have to fly the day of the game.  So there would be just one off day (Sept. 23) instead of two between the end of the regular season on the 21st and the beginning of the postseason.
  • Should Lancaster be the first round opponent, the series will begin as planned with Games 1 and 2 in Lancaster on the 24th and 25th and shift back to York for games 3-5 if necessary.  The Revolution was 13-7 against Lancaster this season, but is just 5-9 against Sugar Land heading into the trip.  And yes…with three teams poised to make the playoffs from the Freedom Division, it could potentially mean a York-Lancaster “War of The Roses” Atlantic League Championship Series if each club is on opposite sides of the bracket and win their first round series.  Should the Revolution reach the Championship Series, the first two games will be in York (October 1-2), with the season ending on the road in Games 3-5 (October 3-5) regardless of opponent.
  • The 11 days in between games at Santander Stadium ties a record…earlier this season the Revolution had a home game on May 11, before an off-day and a 10-game road trip, returning home on May 23.  The final regular season home game on September 14 and the playoff home opener on September 26 matches that.
  • York posted a 42-28 mark at home in the regular season.  They go to Houston 34-30 on the road.
  • York’s all-time playoff record is 14-10 in four appearances in their first seven seasons.

The full notebook is after the jump:

  • An note to keep in mind come playoff time:  Revolution LHP Alain Quijano (10-9) is 0-5 against Somerset this season, but 10-4 against the remainder of the Atlantic League in his decisions.
  • RHP Jorge Martinez (10-8) joined Quijano with double-digit wins in the Revs 2-1 win over Long Island on September 13, making this the third season multiple pitchers have had double-digit wins for the Revolution.  Martinez & Quijano join Corey Thurman (14-3) and Chris Cody (10-14) in 2012, and Wayne Franklin (12-5), Aaron Rakers (11-8) and Corey Thurman (11-9) in 2008.  With Thurman at 9-6 right now, and Beau Vaughan at 8-3 predominately in relief, we could see the second time in franchise history with three double-digit winners, and perhaps the first time with four.
  • Thurman’s win on Sunday, September 14 was his 65th in seven seasons with the Revolution.  He’s now just nine back of all-time Atlantic League leader Tim Cain, who took 10 seasons to amass 74.
  • In coming from behind in both Saturday’s (2-1) and Sunday’s (6-4) win over Long Island, the Revolution have now won 35 games this season after trailing at any time, or 46% of their total wins.  They’re one shy of the franchise record for comeback wins in a single season; the 2008 club set the bar with 36.
  • Saturday’s 2-1 win over Long Island was the 23rd one-run win of the season, (23-17), surpassing the previous franchise record of 22 by the 2011 championship Revs.
  • Justin Greene has hit safely in his last 18 games, tying Johan Limonta for the longest hit streak by a Revolution batter this season.  Of course the all-time Atlantic League-best hit streak is held by former York first baseman Chris Ashby, who hit in 31 in a row in 2008.
  • Justin Greene went 7-for-11 in the Long Island series, (and was 6 for his first 7 before going 1-for-4 on Sunday), to raise his average to .368.  It’s a done deal that he’s obliterated the previous Revolution single-season record of .339, by Ramon Castro in 2010.  In the final six games, he remains a serious threat to break the 10-year old single-season Atlantic League batting record, .371 by Vic Rodriguez of the 2004 Somerset Patriots.  Greene has a 23-point lead on Long Island’s Lew Ford for the ALPB batting title, and currently holds a ridiculous on-base percentage of .434.  (.508 slugging %, .942 OPS).
  • A Chad Tracy bases loaded walk on Sunday was his 94th RBI of the season, which leads the Atlantic League by three, over the aforementioned Lew Ford.  Tracy needs six RBI in the final six games to achieve the third 100-RBI season in Revolution history; Jason Aspito drove in 105 in 2008 before that record fell to Chris Nowak’s 107 in 2012.  Tracy’s 21 home runs gave him the seventh 20-homer season in franchise history, joining Chris Nowak (34, 2012), Chris Nowak (25, 2011), Jason Aspito (24, 2008), Andres Perez (23, 2012), Nate Espy (22, 2007) and Matt Esquivel (21, 2009).

And now some alumni notes from the minor league postseason:

  • Former Revolution 1B/OF Brian Burgamy (’13) picked up a ring this year with the Double-A Binghamton Mets.  The B-Mets outlasted the Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox) in a five-game series, before sweeping the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants) 3-0 to take the crown.  They did it in front of their home fans in Upstate New York on Friday, 9/12.  Burgamy batted .276 with 23 homers and 76 RBI for Binghamton in 121 games this season.  Burgamy played in 43 games for York last season before departing to Campeche of the Mexican League.
  • Andy Marte was not as fortunate as Burgamy.  The former Revolution (’13) third baseman led the Triple-A Reno Aces into the postseason, where they bested the in-state rival Las Vegas 51s (Mets) in four games in the PCL first round.  On Sunday 9/14 however, they dropped the deciding Game 5 of the Championship Series to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals).  Marte led the Reno offense for the majority of the season, batting .329 with 19 homers and 80 RBI in 126 games.  The only time he was away from the Reno club was during his six-game call up to the Diamondbacks, which marked a four-year Major League comeback for the former Brave and Indian.  With Reno’s season concluded and a couple weeks left in the MLB season, we hope to see Marte recalled by the Diamondbacks with expanded rosters.  Either way, he became the eighth former Rev to reach the Majors after donning a York uniform.

Thanks to Darrell Henry for contributing several of these nuggets.

-Paul Braverman

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