You’ve heard of #NolaDay? Well, welcome to #BiddleDay! Here we go:
Today’s the day. It’s the day that IronPigs fans have been waiting for–for some time. It’s the long-awaited AAA debut of Phillies 1st-round pick and top-ten prospect, LHP Jesse Biddle.
But, none of us had Pertussis, or a significant concussion over the past couple years–so we understand. Our wait wasn’t as difficult as Jesse’s, but now he’s here, and he’s ready. Many of us have made the pilgrimage down to Reading to see him pitch. It’s time for him to work with pitching coach Ray Burris. Biddle’s breaking pitches have been improved this season, and we’ll hope to see continued improvement as he works with Mr. Burris.
Here’s what to watch tonight:
- Watch for Biddle to stay “on top” of his fastball to keep it under control, locate it, and keep it down in the zone.
- Watch for Biddle to be able to command his breaking pitches low in the zone–again not pushing the ball, but staying “on top” as it were.
- He has been pitching more to contact this season, with fewer strikeouts. Look for that to continue.
- Watch to see how he reacts if our sometimes suspect defense can ‘t make plays, or if he should surrender a walk or two.
- If he’s getting too much of the plate, look for him to get hit around by a P’tucket team who can swing the bats.
- He hasn’t been throwing the super-slow curve as much this season. If he throws it tonight, we’ll watch to see if it gets hit around by the AAA batters.
Jesse will wear #43 with the IronPigs. With Neris and Sev headed for the Phillies, here’s a revised roster.
Other news and notes:
Dignitaries were on hand for the ‘Pigs win last night: Notice in this shot: Aaron Nola charting pitches, ‘Pigs GM Kurt Landes, newly hired Phillies President Andy MacPhail, and Phillies part-owner and chairman David Montgomery:
Hat night tonight. It’s the forward-facing “BP” logo on a solid blue cap. Should be good–thanks TD Bank!
I know it’s BiddleDay tonight, but it’s NolaDay tomorrow! It might be the last time we get to see Aaron pitch at Coca Cola Park, depending on the Phillies’ plans for their big league rotation following the All Star break.
Also, the team is 8-2 over it’s last 10 games and with a win tonight will pull into a tie with the Paw Sox for fourth place in the division and cut the GB to single digits. This might be our “high water” mark for the season, so get out to some games! Hot/Cold packs and happy hour tomorrow, as well.
See you at the park,