IronPigs Playoffs: Game 1 Preview and Analysis

IronPigs look to get off to a fast start up in Moosic.

De Los Santos Photo: Cheryl Pursell


The IronPigs send their ace to the mound tonight, Enyel De Los Santos.  On the season, he’s 10-5, 2.63 and takes the ball in game 1 of the International League divisional round playoffs versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders tonight at 6:35PM at PNC Field in Moosic, PA.

This is a nice spot for Enyel.  It’s a nice showcase for a guy who should be starting playoff games in the Majors within the next couple years or less.  It’s also a nice opportunity for the IronPigs to grab a road win and a series advantage, as the later games have pitching match-ups which could favor the RailRiders.

The Yankees affiliate from the north is no stranger to Enyel, as he’s faced them five times this season–three times at PNC field.  He hasn’t had the best run-support there, but has had decent results to the tune of:  0-1, 3GS, 15.0 IP, 6 ER, 4 BB, 16K.  In the most recent start versus this team, June 25th at Coca Cola Park, he went 6.0 IP/ 5 H/ 2 ER/ 2 BB/ 5 K.

The RailRiders send 25-year-old RHP Erik Swanson to the mound.  He’s 3-2, 3.86 in AAA this year after dominating early on in AA Trenton.  He is considered a Yankees prospect, ranked #19 on one list.  He spent all of last season with A+ Tampa.  He had an August start at Coca Cola Park–the clincher for the Pigs as he dueled the rehabbing Jerad Eickhoff that night to a 0-0 tie, yielding but three hits, 2 BB, 5K.  Scouting reports suggest he features a mid-90s fastball, a fringe-y slider, and a very effective change-up down in the zone.

A couple players to watch for Scranton:

Gio Urshela is a pesky infielder who’s been to the big leagues with both Toronto and Cleveland.  He’s hitting .286 and is sharp on the base paths.

Ryan McBroom has been difficult to deal with in both Trenton and Scranton, sporting a .295 AAA batting average.

DH/1B Mike Ford is the “Pig Killer” from last season and a big bat in the middle of the lineup.

C Wilkin Castillo is a known quantity in the International League in his second year in Moosic after a season in Indianapolis and a season in Buffalo.  He’s a difficult out at the end of the lineup.

Notably missing?  C Gary Sanchez finished his rehab and is back in the Bronx.  SS Tyler Wade, a fixture this season, is in New York as well.  The Yankees traded away RHP Adam Warren, 1B Tyler Austin, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Giovanny Gallegos, LF Billy McKinney and 3B Brandon Drury.

Radar On:  Nothing solid, but they say the big guy Aaron Judge is swinging the bat as he begins his return from the disabled list.  It would be just like the Yankees to drop him into a playoff series for Scranton, wouldn’t it?


What is it they say about past results and future success?  These teams may be quite different from some of the other meetings.  It’s an interesting match-up–especially the two early games in Scranton where the Pigs seem to have the better of the pitching.  While our closer, Pedro Beato, is another “hammer” to throw at the Yankees-affiliate, the rest of the ‘pen has been pretty well gutted by Phillies’ call-ups.  If the RailRiders are to have success tonight, they’ll need to out-last Enyel and get to the Pigs’ pen.  I see the IronPigs having more success versus Swanson in their second look at him.

Expect Dean Anna to lead off and play shortstop as JP Crawford got the call to the Phillies last night to replace the injured Maikel Franco.  Look for lefty Mitch Walding to get back to his hammering ways as he got two hits in the finale in Rochester.  I think we might see the veteran Logan Moore in the lineup, as well as Andrew Knapp.


See you at PNC tonight,


(PS:  Look for the flags pre-game, and stop by for a beverage if you’re going)

Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

1 reply

  1. Welp, we’d had all these unsurprising things happen, and rehabbing Judge would also not be a surprise.

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