JUNE 9th CHARLOTTE (32-25) at PAWTUCKET (28-30) 7:05 pm
Charlotte Knights RHP Shawn Haviland (1-4, 5.92) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox LHP Henry Owens (2-4, 3.49)
Trying to Stay Afloat at Home – The Pawtucket Red Sox look to avoid falling below .500 at home for the first time in more than a year when they play the middle game of their 3-game series against the Charlotte Knights this evening at 7:05 pm at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox dropped the series and homestand opener last night, 7-2 to fall to 14-14 at home on the year. It’s the second time they have dipped to the .500 level at McCoy this season (they were 12-12 on May 27). The Sox need a win tonight or they will be below .500 at home for the first time since May 29 of last year (when they were 15-16).
The Immediate Future – The PawSox, who are playing the Knights six times during an 11 day stretch (June 8-18), host Charlotte again tonight and tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 pm. The Toledo Mud Hens then visit for a 4-game set this Thursday & Friday at 7:05 pm, Saturday at 6:05 pm, and Sunday at 1:05 pm. That will lead into Pawtucket’s only scheduled off-day in the month of June next Monday, June 15 before they head south to Charlotte on June 16 for 3 more games vs. the Knights and then a 3-game set in Gwinnett through June 21.
What a Difference a Year Makes – Charlotte finished with the worst record in the International League last year at 63-81, -12 GB in the IL South. This season, however, they are tied for the 2nd best record in the league at 32-25 and find themselves in a three-way tie for 1st-place in the IL South with Norfolk & Durham. Pawtucket meanwhile, is back in 4th-place in the IL North (at 28-30) and they have remained a season-high -4 GB for the past five days (their largest deficit since last August 18). Pawtucket had been in either 1st or 2nd-place all season (and since last August 3rd in fact) until dropping into 3rd-place on May 27. They returned to 2nd-place on June 1 and 2, back into 3rd on June 3, and are now currently in 4th-place. Pawtucket earned the IL wild card last season and went on to capture their second Governors’ Cup Championship in three years last September.
Charlotte’s Web – The all-time series between Pawtucket and Charlotte is extremely tight as the PawSox are up 104-102. The PawSox are 48-55 at McCoy Stadium vs. the Knights but 56-47 in Charlotte. They were 52-47 at Knights Castle and 4-0 at new BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.