Four games remain in the first half. The Long Island Ducks have already clinched the Liberty Division crown.
But the Freedom Division is still up for grabs.
The Revs need to win three of four against Lancaster in their final series of the half to earn a playoff spot. Lancaster needs split the series in order to clinch the Barnstormers’ first playoff spot since winning the league title in 2006.
Friday: York RHP John Van Benschoten (3-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Lancaster LHP John Halama (1-2, 8.83), 7 p.m. Clipper Magazine Stadium
Saturday, Game 1: York RHP Corey Thurman (6-3, 3.82 ERA) vs. Lancaster LHP Yunior Novoa (1-2, 4.85), noon Sovereign Bank Stadium
Saturday, Game 2: York RHP Matt DeSalvo (5-3, 4.00 ERA) vs. Lancaster LHP Ross Peeples (6-3, 5.20), 6:30 p.m. Clipper Magazine Stadium
Sunday: York LHP Chris Cody (6-4, 5.13 ERA) vs. Lancaster RHP Cesar Carrillo (2-5, 5.02), 6 p.m. Clipper Magazine Stadium
* LHP Jesus Sanchez has not joined the Revs as of Thursday night. If the former big leaguer joins the team this weekend, he could still be an option to pitch the night game Saturday.
** What do you think Lancaster’s Butch Hobson is thinking? York has batted .293 against left-handers this year, and .290 against right-handers. But Hobson is starting three left-handers in the final series. Why? Well, York’s home run numbers dip slightly when facing lefties (49 homers in 1,508 at-bats vs. 16 homers in 553 at-bats). Scott Grimes could be the difference in these lefty matchups. The leadoff man has batted just .207 against left-handed pitching this year, but he’s hit a team-best four homers against southpaws. Ramon Castro, Vince Harrison, Chris Walker, Eric Eymann and Jose Herrera have each hit .300 or better against left-handers this season.
Lancaster outfielder J.C. Holt has hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games against York this season.
The Barnstormers have hit five homers against the Revs this season, but Lancaster has lost so many players. Ben Copeland and Terry Tiffee are no longer with the Barnstormers, and those two players combined to hit four homers against York. Fernando Seguignol is still a threat to go deep every at-bat. And first baseman Tommy Everidge has team-high 13 homers and 22 doubles.
The other big hitters for the Barnstormers in their first five games against York this season have been