Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Notes

Here is the latest update on the Durham Bulls schedule the next few days and possible playoff info (via email from Jon Bishop, Bulls Assistant General Manager):
A quick note in the wake of Hurricane Irene regarding Bulls tickets and scheduling this week:

- The Bulls were able to play Saturday night and got the win over the Charlotte Knights. That win puts the Bulls Magic Number (any combination of Bulls wins and Gwinnett Braves losses) at 7 to win the International League South Division for the fifth straight season.

- We understand many ticketholders were unable to attend the game due to concerns about the weather and the impact of Hurricane Irene on the state of North Carolina. We are allowing all August 27 game tickets to be exchanged for similar seating at one of the Bulls' three remaining regular season openings...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - Durham Bulls vs Charlotte Knights - Gates open at 3:30pm. Game 1 of doubleheader begins at 4:05pm, Game 2 begins 30 minutes following the start of Game 2. Each game is scheduled for 7 innings and your game ticket is good for both games.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Durham Bulls vs Gwinnett Braves - 7:05pm. Game Presented by Duke Cancer Institute.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Durham Bulls vs Gwinnett Braves - 7:05pm. Game Presented by Whole Foods Market. Special Season Finale Fireworks Show!

- Should the Bulls win the South Division, they will face the Columbus Clippers in the International League Division Series Presented by Sport Durst Automotive. The first two games of the series would be held in Durham on September 7th and 8th. Click Here to purchase International League Playoff Seats. There's no risk to buy, if the Bulls do not qualify for the playoffs, tickets would be good for any 2012 Bulls game.

Adam Sobsey had this on Bulls right-hander Chris Archer:
I asked Archer about his repertoire the other day when I interviewed him, and he omitted from it the two-seam fastball. He doesn't throw it much—he relies on a four-seamer that reached 95 mph last night but was better located when he threw it in the 92-94 range—but he used it to great effect a few times last night, striking out Danks with it in the sixth inning.

Archer also throws a slider, curve and changeup—it's a pretty big arsenal for a 22-year-old pitcher—but Nevin Ashley said that last night "we didn't use the curve ball as much; we had the slider working real well." It's the pitch that is Archer's calling card, and you can see why: It has good dive on it.

A must-read from William Montgomery on Renegades infielder Tanner Biagini:
"I actually got recruited by West Point in high school," he said. "It was a great school and a great facility and the coaches were awesome. They were really nice guys. But I wasn't quite sure if I was ready to make a full commitment to the Army, that type of thing."

Biagini chose Virginia Military Institute instead and was picked in the 50th round of the 2009 draft after his junior season. Biagini figured he would come back for his senior season, get his degree and try to improve his stock during his senior year, but a hand injury kept him from being drafted at all in 2010.

Biagini signed a minor-league free-agent deal with Tampa Bay in July 2010 and played 20 games in the Gulf Coast League.


  1. Biagini is a great kid, I understand why West Point was an option. He even showed up early for ST this year and did some catching for the first time because they needed extras before full squad ST started. The kind of person that you can be proud to have in the organization.

    Archer has been given up on by some, but probably way to early to consider him done developing. I got to talk to him some in ST, and I think the adjustment from the Cubs to Rays may have something to do with his season. Three quality pitches, and a smooth motion for the most part.

  2. what happened to the TEATs?

  3. Anon: I'm going to put up a post (probably tomorrow) asking with an eye toward next year what sorts of posts you guys liked and didn't liked.