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Friday, August 16, 2013
This time of year, there are two types of minor league baseball players.
There are those who are tired, frustrated, mentally spent and ready to start the offseason as soon as possible.
And then there are those who want the season to last.
The majority of the Salem Red Sox fall in the latter category.
“Everyone on this team definitely wants to win,” first baseman Matt Gedman said. “You get on some teams sometimes where guys just want to go home.
“These guys [in Salem] have played 140 games, and if you’re in the playoffs, what’s another week? It’s a chance to get a ring. It’s not too often in pro ball that you get the chance to have that experience.”
The Sox are in position to get it.
Starting with tonight’s 6:05 home game, Salem will play 10 consecutive games against the Carolina League’s other two Southern Division contenders. The Sox entered Friday a half-game behind tonight’s opponent, Carolina, for second place in the division. The better finisher among those two teams is all but certain to make the postseason.
First-half Southern champion Myrtle Beach entered Friday with a 2 1⁄2-game lead on Carolina and a three-game edge on Salem. The Pelicans are in the postseason already but can lock up home-field advantage throughout the best-of-three Division Series should they claim the second half as well.
The Sox play a three-game set on the Grand Strand later this week, so theoretically they could erase their entire deficit by Friday.
Either way, the seven games between Salem and Carolina are crucial. The first four will be played here beginning tonight, with the last three in Zebulon, N.C., starting a week from today.
The Sox are 6-7 this season against the Mudcats, who went a woeful 22-48 in the first half before turning things around at the all-star break.
Carolina leads the league in hitting (.269) but is sixth in the eight-team circuit in ERA (4.14). Salem holds a decided edge in steals, swiping 162 bags to Carolina’s 95.
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