ValleyCats make final push to keep first place
TROY » The ValleyCats are on the road for their final two series of the regular season, and the teams they need to go visit, just so happen to be two teams coming for the number one spot in the Stedler Division.
“It’s not about trying to make up for some bad games,” said ValleyCats manager Jason Bell. “It’s about doing what we can because we control our own destiny at this point.”
The ValleyCats travel to Lowell first to take on the Spinners in a three game series and preserve their four game lead on the rival.
After Lowell, the ValleyCats need to travel to Vermont to take on the Lake Monsters, who trail the ‘Cats by just 3.5 games.
“They understand it,” said Bell. “You don’t want them to feel some urgency to where they are feeling tight and they’re swinging at bad pitches.”
The last time the ValleyCats traveled to Lowell, they were swept and allowed the Spinners to come within a half game of the first place spot.
“My memories of that series were not very good, but we actually caught a few tough breaks,” said Bell. “We got swept in that series but two of those three games were a lot closer than the score shows, so I am really excited to see how we respond and how we look against them.”
The playoffs are still far off
Carlos Machado was named last weeks NY-Penn League player of the week after going 15-22.
Michael Wielansky is still day to day and his absence from the ValleyCats have been felt on the defensive side.