Bourne Braves: Scoring runs has been problematic for the Braves all season long. The team entered play on Wednesday, July 24, with the fewest runs in the league, scoring 118 in 34 games, an average of just 3.47 runs per game. Their .238 cumulative team batting average was ninth overall, and they were also second to last in on-base percentage (.317) and slugging (.317).
Brewster Whitecaps: Watch out when Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) and Gage Workman (Arizona State) make contact. The Caps free-swinging duo are the most struck-out batters in the league. Hardman has fanned 39 times, through Tuesday, July 23, and Workman 37. Both still have very respectable numbers, though. Hardman has seven homers and a .273 average, with 15 RBI. Workman also has 15 RBI with four doubles and four triples to go along with a .275 average. Taking strikeouts out of the equation, the duo is batting a combined .408 when the ball is put into play this year.
Chatham Anglers: Catcher Saul Garza (Louisiana State) was a late arrival to the Cape, but he’s certainly helped fill a need for Chatham. The catcher has seen action in five games since July 13 and has helped solidify the Anglers behind the plate. With a bat in his hand he’s fit in very well, hitting at a .333 clip thus far with a home run, a double, and two runs batted in.
Cotuit Kettleers: Runs created (RC) is a sabermetric statistic that estimates an offensive player’s contribution in terms of total runs, combining his ability to get on base with his ability to hit for extra bases, then divides it by opportunities (at-bats plus walks). No one has been better in that area than MVP candidate Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State). Gonzales’ RC number is 31.204 for the season. He is the only Cape Leaguer above 30 for the season. Only three other players in the league are above the 20 threshold. Gonzales leads the league in extra base hits with 18 (nine doubles, two triples and seven homers).
Falmouth Commodores: The Commodores sprinted to the top of the Cape League standings with their longest winning streak of the season. With a 4-1 win on the road at Brewster on Monday, July 22, the Dores scored their sixth win in a row and moved to the top of the West Division standings by themselves for the first time. Coupled with a loss by last-place Hyannis, Falmouth wrapped up a spot in the playoffs as well. It’s been a team effort. Falmouth has the fourth-best team batting average (.252), and fourth-best team earned run average (3.74) in the Cape League.
Harwich Mariners: Sudbury native and Boston College rising junior Chris Galland has been the hottest hitter in the league over the last few weeks. The local product has 11 hits in his last 20 at-bats, raising his average .222 all the way up to .309. During his hot streak he has two doubles, six runs batted in has scored three runs and stolen four bases.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: If you wondered why the Hawks have been having such a down season, it’s really pretty simple. The team’s pitching has been bad. The Hawks have allowed 62 more runs than the team with the second-most allowed this year, surrendering 238 through Tuesday, July 23. They’ve also given up the most earned runs (214), walks (158), hits (333) and thrown the most wild pitches (57). Entering play on Wednesday, Hyannis had given up twice as many runs as league-best Harwich.
Orleans Firebirds: In the day and age of starters having their innings closely managed over the summer, relief pitchers are seeing more and more work. Orleans relievers Nick Garcia (Chapman) and Chase Wallace (Tennessee) have benefited greatly by getting plenty of work out of the pen. The duo is tied with two other pitchers for most appearances this season, having made 12 each. Both have been very reliable for the Birds. Garcia averages a strikeout per inning and has a respectable 1.42 WHIP. Wallace has 19 strikeouts in 18 innings of work and recently went five straight appearances without allowing a hit.
Wareham Gatemen: Second baseman Darren Baker (California) has been the picture of consistency this season. Baker’s batting average has been below .300 for the season just once all year long after ending the second game of the season with a .286 clip. The 2019 all-star has stayed hot of late and increased that average to .342 after a three-hit game in a win against Bourne on July 20.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Over the first half of the season Bradlee Beesley (Cal Poly SLO) struggled to reach the Mendoza Line. Whatever he was struggling with he has seemed to figure out. After a 3-for-5 day against Wareham on Tuesday, July 23, the native Californian upped his batting average to .284. At one point this year he was as low as .111, thanks to a 2-for-18 start to the season. Beesley has been a staple in center field for the Sox.