The Clearwater Threshers are in a battle with the Lakeland Flying Tigers for first place in the FSL Northern Division to qualify for the Florida State League post season. On Sunday afternoon in Ft. Myers, Bailey Falter pitched a six inning shutout to pick up a win to give the Threshers a four-game lead with only 13 games left in the season. Falter is now 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in August.
Another Threshers starting pitcher Mauricio Llovera is doing his part as well. Saturday night he also pitched a six inning shutout against Ft. Myers. The Threshers went on to win 4-0. He is now 3-0 in his last four starts allowing only five earned runs in his last 24.2 innings.
So far in August, Llovera has been one of the the best starting pitchers 0n the staff with opponents hitting just .167 against him. If Clearwater is able to hold its lead in the division, Llovera and Falter do not appear to be scheduled to pitch in the best-of-three opening round series against the first-half winner, the Daytona Tortugas. The way the rotation appears to set-up, they would pitch in the best-of-five FSL Finals against the winner of the Southern Division, if the Threshers get past Daytona.
Llovera and Falter have been two of best starting pitchers the Threshers have had in recent weeks. The Threshers’s six-man rotation, using opponents batting averages against them in the month as a measure, is comprised of Roman Rosso .120, David Parkinson .143, Llovera .167, Falter .212, Alejandro Requena .250 and Adonis Medina .281.
The way the rotation is likely setting up, Medina would likely be the starter in the first game of the first round of the playoffs followed by Parkinson and Requena in a best-of-three opening series. Llovera would pitch in the first game of the best-of-five finals followed by Falter and Rosso.
We are big Mauricio Llovera and Bailey Falter fans. We can only hope they get a chance to pitch in the post-season. The way they have been pitching in August, they have earned it.