The Chatham Anglers (7-5) return to Veterans Field on Saturday night to face the Brewster Whitecaps (5-8). The Anglers are coming off a 2-1 loss on Friday night against Falmouth and will face a Brewster team that has dropped consecutive games and has 10 points, the fewest in the Eastern Division. The Anglers and Whitecaps have split their first two matchups of the season, with Chatham winning 4-0 June 18 at home and falling 6-4 at Stony Brook Field June 27.
"We're just looking to rebound," said assistant coach Pat McGee
. "Falmouth's pitchers did a good job last night and we got back in the game with a home run. Overall, it was a well played game. We just didn't have a lot of opportunities to score and that happens out here."
Stetson's Kurt Schluter
(1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for Chatham. The Florida native earned his first win of the season in his last start against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on June 22, giving up two runs in six innings, walking none and recording one strikeout. A pitcher unfazed by throwing to contact, Schluter has only three strikeouts on the season and has been a steady presence for an Angler staff with a 3.23 team ERA.
"Kurt's a tremendous athlete," said McGee. "He controls the strike zone, the count and the running game very well. We're looking for another good effort from him. Hopefully we can score some runs for Kurt. We tend to put up a lot of runs for him. It's a good omen when he's on the mound."
The Anglers plated nine runs in Schluter's last outing on June 22, a 9-2 victory against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Memphis southpaw Sam Moll
(0-1, 6.00 ERA) is slated to man the rubber for Brewster. The sophomore received a no-decision in his last start against Cotuit on June 22, giving up three runs in five innings of work and fanning nine batters. Moll fills out a Whitecap staff that has a 5.70 team ERA, the highest in the Cape League.
The Anglers enter Saturday's contest batting .218 collectively and still lead the Cape League in walks with 56. Chatham is currently led at the plate by Virginia Tech third baseman Chad Pinder
, who is batting .295 and is second in the Cape League with 14 RBI.
"Pinder has been phenomenal," said McGee. "He's really evolved here as a player. He's the full package. He hits the ball to all fields, he runs well and he plays great defense. It's been a few years since we've had a player play as well as him early on. I really like what I see out of him. He's a great kid with a great work ethic."
However, while Pinder's production has carried the team through the team's first twelve games, the coaching staff has expressed a desire for other players to step up.
"It's all about taking advantage of opportunities," said McGee. "We need more guys to get hits, move runners over, drive guys in and avoid striking out with guys in scoring position. Everybody has a role. It's not always about hitting the home run but rather having quality at-bats and making quality outs. Our guys need to have a better understanding of what's expected of them in each at-bat."
For live coverage of Saturday's game, tune into the Anglers Extra Pregame Show at 6:40 p.m. with broadcasters Chris Fitzgerald and Brandon Liebhaber at TRZ Teamline