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Who Will the Robbers Face?

July 21, 2013 10 p.m. -- The Las Vegas Train Robbers beat the Raton Osos Sunday night 8-1 at home, not that it matters, since the Robbers clinched the Pecos League North title on Friday night.  This is the first year of division play in the Pecos League.  The focus now is on whether the Trinidad Triggers or the Santa Fe Fuego will be the second place team in the North and thus face the Robbers in Las Vegas for the playoffs beginning Thursday or Friday.  The Robbers have some say in who they will face in the playoffs because they play Santa Fe twice before the end of the regular season on Wednesday.  However, Trinidad has the easier schedule, playing Raton twice.

Saturday night the Fuego swept a doubleheader at home against Taos.  The Triggers beat White Sands in Alamogordo.  

Sunday, the Fuego picked up their sixth straight win — a team record — by beating the host Taos Blizzard 12-9. The Triggers (34-31) had their Sunday game against White Sands rained out.  Santa Fe is now within a half game of Trinidad in the race for the league’s final playoff spot.

Trinidad and White Sands will play a day-night double header in Alamogordo on Monday while the Fuego return home to face Taos at Fort Marcy Ballpark.

Tuesday the Fuego play the Robbers in Las Vegas, before finishing up against Las Vegas in Santa Fe. Trinidad is at home against Raton on Tuesday and in Raton against the Ossos on Wednesday.

The regular season ends Wednesday, leaving Santa Fe with three games remaining and Trinidad with four. If the teams are left in a tie, a one-game playoff would be played Thursday at Fort Marcy with the winner facing Northern Division champion Las Vegas in the first round of the playoffs.

Here is how Las Vegas won the North:

  • The Robbers are 2nd in the league in batting average to Roswell at a team batting average o .330
  • The Robbers are 2nd in the league in team ERA with a 4.74
  • The Robbers are 2nd in the league in Home Runs to Santa Fe with 73
  • In the altitude driven Northern Divison (Randy Wells, Joey Haskell, Will Walsh, Andrew Lopez, Adam Kam, Dylan Usiak and Jon Hotta) all have averages above .300
  • Edison Alvarez, Greg Fowler and Atsushi Hebisawa all have sub 4.50 ERA’s with 11 games started and over 65 innings pitched. These are spectacular numbers for Pecos League Starting Pitchers.
  • Ben Runyon has a 1.80 ERA out of the Pen and has pitched in 25 games with 5 saves he has a WHIP of 1. This is impressive considering almost all of these appearences have been in the Altitude Parks in the Northern Division.
  • Eddie Medina, Chuck Fontana, Jimmy Jensen, Michael Kershner and Reggie Hochstedler were solid out of the bullpen for the Robbers.
  • The Robbers were 22-11 at home. 
  • They were 8-4 against Trinidad, 2-1 against Santa Fe, 4-2 against Raton, 7-3 against Taos, 3-2 against White Sands, 3-1 against Alpine, and 1-6 against Roswell.

Sources:  Pecos League releases,  Santa Fe New Mexican and Las Vegas Optic.