After winning on Opening Night in odd fashion the Charleston RiverDogs look to make it two-in-a-row against the new Columbia Fireflies at Joseph P. Riley Park. Toeing the mound for Charleston will be Will Carter, a 14th round draft pick by the Yankees in last year’s First-Year-Player Draft.
Carter, 23, was 1-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 9 games, 17 2/3 innings, last season for the Staten Island Yankees in his first professional season. This season he transitions to the rotation where he will use his low-90s fastball and change up to keep batters off balance. Carter maxed out last season at 44 pitches, so look for him to go around 70-pitches for the RiverDogs tonight.
P.J. Conlon will get the start for Columbia, the 22-year old was a 13th round pick of the New York Mets in the 2015 draft, last season he was 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA in 17 games out of the bullpen for the Brooklyn Cyclones, throwing 17 innings and striking out 25 batters. Last season Colon limited the Staten Island Yankees to 3 hits in 12 at bats against them, many of those players are on the RiverDogs this season.
On the offensive side of things, the Fireflies out hit the RiverDogs in the opening contest of the season 8-4. Charleston’s opening night victory came off of being patient at the plate, aggressive on the base paths and one big error by Columbia’s pitching staff. The RiverDogs would have to be careful not to be too patient if the Fireflies adjust their pitching style tonight.