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Game 37 Preview: Cotuit at Chatham

by Graham Dietz
Thursday, July 27, 2023

Game 37 Preview: Cotuit at Chatham
With just seven days remaining in the 2023 Cape Cod Baseball League regular season, Chatham still has eight games to play. The Anglers are currently riding a four-game losing streak and most recently fell 5–1 at Brewster on Wednesday.

10 points back of fourth place in the East Division, Chatham’s chances of making the playoffs are slim. But, it can still turn moods upside down for the Chatham faithful when Cotuit visits Veterans Field on Thursday night.

The Kettleers lead the West Division with 51 points and have already clinched a playoff spot, meaning it is likely that manager Mike Roberts will rest some of his top performers and more consistent arms for the postseason. With that being said, Hyannis is not far behind Cotuit with 48 points and could climb over the Kettleers to clinch the one-seed.

Here are the pregame notes before the A’s (10–24–2 East) take on Cotuit (25–11–1 West).

Probable Starters

Tanner Witt (Texas): Described by Chatham acting manager Marty Lees as a gritty pitcher, Witt has had plenty of ups and downs this season. Witt boasts nine strikeouts this season to only six walks but has allowed more than three earned runs in three of his four starts on the Cape in 2023.

Janzen Keisel (Oklahoma State): Keisel will get to reconnect with some familiar faces on Chatham’s side—the Anglers boast the greatest number of Cowboys on their roster in the Cape League—but he won’t be fighting for them this time around. Keisel has picked up two wins on the season with a 2.50 ERA through 18 innings pitched.

Chatham Players To Watch

Lane Forsythe (Mississippi State): Forsythe has commended a respectable .273 batting average through his first three games on the Cape and went 1–3 in Wednesday’s loss for Chatham at Stony Brook Field. According to his spray chart, Forsythe typically drives the ball up the middle of the infield or lines shots to left-center.

Kyson Donahue (Hawaii): Donahue is the closest Chatham has to a unicorn on its roster. The six-foot-three lefty batter from Honolulu, Ha. is a true infielder but has played almost every position so far this season except for center field. That’s not to mention Donahue’s on an eight-game hitting streak. Donahue talked about flattening out his barrel through the zone and it appears to be working well.

Cotuit Players To Watch

Trevor Haskins (Stanford): A recent addition to Cotuit’s roster, Haskins has put forth 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats with the team including two home runs. Haskins is on a four-game hitting streak of his own and prior to Wednesday’s 8–7 victory over Bourne, the Kettleer had produced more than one hit in three consecutive games.

Cole Mathis (Charleston): Mathis, a batter-pitcher hybrid has skulled opponents on both sides of the field. He’s garnered a .323 batting average this summer in 99 at-bats while fixing a 4.57 ERA in eight games which included two starts.

Number To Know: 10

On July 19, the last time Chatham faced Cotuit, the Anglers came back from a 10-run deficit. Since 2011, teams in the Cape League were 0–146 when down by at least 10 runs in a contest.

Last Time They Played

The Anglers held the Kettleers to a 12–12 tie at Lowell Park on July 19. Chatham starter Trey Gibson surrendered seven earned runs and 11 runs total in the first 3 2/3 innings but reliever Liam Paddack made up for it, handing out only one run across the final 3 1/3 innings of the affair.

Chatham, meanwhile, slowly chipped back after facing a 10-run deficit going into the top of the fifth frame, compiling two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and four in the seventh to startle the home crowd.

The Anglers had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth frame with just one out and the game still tied. The umpires officially called off the game, however, due to darkness.