Sunday, August 18 - 1:05 p.m. doubleheader
Savannah Sand Gnats (25-24, 68-50)
Tim Peterson (14 IP, 5.79 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 34.4 K%, 6.6 BB%, .400 BABIP)
Steven Matz (91.1 IP, 2.46 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 27.5 K%, 8 BB%, .316 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (32-20, 70-51)
Justin Schumer (77.1 IP, 4.77 ERA, 4.73 FIP, 11.9 K%, 8.6 BB%, .276 BABIP)
Danny Sandbrink (A+ San Jose: 24.2 IP, 9.12 ERA, 6.32 FIP, 15.2 K%, 4.8 BB%, .418 BABIP)
The doubleheader scheduled for Friday between the Augusta GreenJackets and Savannah Sand Gnats will finally begin Sunday after two postponements because of rain. As a result of the postponed doubleheader Saturday, the two teams will likely lose a game that was scheduled for Monday, because they will have to make up a second doubleheader that day.
Before I go further, the probables for Monday's doubleheader scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.:
Savannah: Seth Lugo, Wanel Mesa
Augusta: Joe Biagini, Joe Kurrasch
Sunday's Game 1 starter for the GreenJackets continues to live by weak contact and ground balls. Justin Schumer has a 48 percent ground ball rate paired with a line drive percentage below 20 percent, so he's living by a .276 batting average on balls in play that's keeping his ERA where it is. Schumer's low strikeout percentage is less important as a result, but when runners reach, the right-hander has to rely even more on the ground ball. He gave up four runs in 6.1 innings against Greensboro last time out.
Augusta's Game 2 starter, Danny Sandbrink, was knocked around for 25 earned runs in 24 innings with San Jose before getting assigned back to the GreenJackets. The 6-foot-2 right-hander out of Stanford threw 13.1 innings for the GreenJackets in 2012 before recording a 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings for San Jose last season. Sandbrink has been used as a long reliever in the Giants bullpen, but he shouldn't be expected to go more than a few innings in this start.
Savannah's Game 1 starter for Sunday is Tim Peterson. The 22-year-old out of Kentucky was drafted in the 20th round in 2012. He has a combined 2.56 ERA in 31.2 innings between Brooklyn and Savannah this season, but he has allowed nine runs in 14 innings for the Sand Gnats. He does have excellent peripherals in a small sample, striking out 21 and walking four, explaining the wacky difference between his ERA and FIP.
The Sand Gnats' Game 2 starter is Steven Matz. He is the highest draft pick of the four starters today, getting popped in the second round in 2009 out of a New York high school. Despite getting drafted several years ago (had Tommy John surgery in 2010), he began his pro career in 2012 with Kingsport and is making his full-season debut this season. It's going well, allowing 25 earned runs in 91.1 innings. The left-hander has 100 strikeouts to 29 walks, showing solid peripherals and starting to live up to the high pick.