Advance Scout: Pawtucket Red Sox

The Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox in a six-game in five-day series at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd is coming off a three-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings at home with all three games decided in Buffalo’s final at-bat.

The Bisons have won 16 of their last 19 games for a .842 winning percentage since July 30. The Herd has also won 13 of its last 14 games at Coca-Cola Field, including seven straight going into tonight’s game. Buffalo is now 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2007 (51-39).

vs. PAWSOX: The Bisons are 6-4 against Pawtucket this season. The teams split a four-game set at McCoy Stadium, August 13-16. The PawSox are visiting Coca-Cola Field for the first time since the Bisons first home series of the season. The Herd swept the two-game, rain-shortened series, April 14-15.

Season-Low – Pawtucket’s season record presently stands at 54-72 which marks a season-low of 18-games under .500 for the first time since they ended last season with a 61-82 record. Pawtucket had not been more than 9-games below .500 all season prior to July 20.

Wait ’til Next Year – Pawtucket’s loss Thursday night coupled with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s victory in Columbus officially eliminated the PawSox from any contention in the IL North division. The PawSox have now gone 7 years without a division title since winning the IL North in 2003. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, meanwhile, is closing in on an unprecedented 5th straight IL North pennant (2006 as a Phillies affiliate and 2007-2009 as a Yankee affiliate). The PawSox Tragic Number to be eliminated from the wild card race is down to 2 as any combination of PawSox losses and Louisville wins totaling 2 will keep the PawSox out of the post-season for the second year in a row (the Sox last made the playoffs in 2008). The Sox are a season-high 21-games out in the IL North. Buffalo, meanwhile, is -6 GB of 1st-palce Scranton/WB but only -2 GB of current wild card leader Louisville.

Five and Ten – The PawSox are batting just .219 in their last 5 games (33-for-151) with only 14 runs scored as they have been held to 3 runs or less in 5 of their last 6 games. Pawtucket is hitting .238 in their last 10 games (76-for-319) with 7 HR & 34 runs scored. Sox pitchers are 4-6 with a 4.55 ERA in their last 10 games (44 ER in 87 IP).

Road Woes – Pawtucket has won 3 of their last 6 road games but they have struggled pretty much all season away from home. The Sox have lost 10 of 14 on the road, 17 of 25, and 30 of their last 43 away games since May 19. The PawSox have a 20-40 road record (worst in the league) – currently matching their season-high of 20-games below .500 on the road from July 28. The Sox have 12 road games remaining including tonight’s make-up doubleheader in Buffalo.

Rankings – Pawtucket is presently 13th in the International League with a Team ERA of 4.58 (it was 5.52 on May 2 which was their season-high). The PawSox are 12th (after being last for much of July) in Team Batting at .251 after peaking at .261 on May 18. Pawtucket’s .253 average on August 13 & 14 matched their highest since May 23 also at .253. They were as low as .241 on June 13 which was their lowest since the 4th game of the season (April 11 at .239).

Delgado to DL -1B Carlos Delgado has been placed on the 7-day disabled list (retroactive to August 18) with lower back stiffness. RHP T.J. Large has been activated from the disabled list. Large was placed on the PawSox DL on June 30 (retro to June 28) with a right lat strain. He has been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast Rookie Red Sox since July 21 and in 9 RA there went 0-0 with 1 SV and a 2.40 ERA – 15 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO. He is 3-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 16 games (15 RA) for the PawSox but has not pitched for Pawtucket since June 25 in Syracuse.

Looking back at the Bisons & Red Sox season-series:
4/14/10: BUF 8, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Home Opener for Bisons

4/15/10: BUF 3, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Herd rallies when Dice-K exits

4/23/10: PAW 5, BUF 3
GAME RECAP: PawSox push past Bisons

4/24/10: BUF 4, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Dickey, Bisons win

4/25/10: BUF 10, PAW 3
GAME RECAP: Jacobs & bats never let up

4/26/10: PAW 5, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: Bisons fall in finale

8/13/10: BUF 9, PAW 4
GAME RECAP: Gee wins 12th, Bisons win 8-straight

8/14/10: PAW 6, BUF 4
GAME RECAP: Win streak stopped by PawSox

8/15/10:PAW 3, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: PawSox pass Bisons

8/16/10: BUF 5, PAW 3
GAME RECAP: Bisons push past PawSox

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