Watching the Keys play over the last month and a half hasn’t exactly been an exercise for the faint of heart.
Of its last 37 games heading into Sunday’s series finale against Down East, the team has played 25 that were decided by two runs or fewer. Over the last week alone, they have played five such contests.
“We have been pitching pretty good. We just haven’t been able to score a ton of runs,” manager Ryan Minor said. “A lot of times when you get good pitching and don’t score a ton, you are going to play close games.”
In this most recent stretch, the Keys were 11-14 in games decided by two runs or less. For the season, they are 16-20 in games decided by a run and 7-10 in games decided by two.
“I think the main thing is it makes you stay really engaged with every pitch of the game, whether you are hitting or whether you are on the field,” outfielder Zach Jarrett said. “I think it’s been good that we have been in a lot of close games. We have played a lot of good teams recently. So, I think that says a lot about us and how we have been playing.”
Glad to be home
The Keys have been significantly better at home than on the road this season. So, they are glad that 10 of their final 20 games will be played at Nymeo Field.
Entering Sunday’s game, the Keys were 28-31 at home this season and 19-38 on the road. That’s the worst road record in the Carolina League.
Odds and Ends
Shortstop Cadyn Grenier, who has struggled to hit for most of the season, carried a five-game hitting streak into Sunday’s game against Down East...Since July 1, Zach Jarrett is batting .288 with six homers, four doubles, a triple, 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored...Reliever Diogenes Almengo has given up just nine earned runs over his last 45 innings, a span of 28 games, compared to surrendering 10 over his first 2 1-3 innings of work this season...Over the last six games, outfielder Will Robertson is batting .375 with three homers and four runs scored...The Keys have the most hits in the Carolina League (958), the second-best team batting average (.255) and the third-fewest extra-base hits (256).