The month of July shapes up as a critical time for the league-leading Oklahoma City Dodgers.
At 49-27, OKC comes into the new month a full eight games ahead of the Omaha Storm Chasers in the America North Division. In all, the Dodgers play 28 games during the month of July, including a stretch of 12 straight days before catching a break with the three-day PCL All-Star break commencing on July 13.
Over that grind, the Dodgers play just eight games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, hosting the Storm Chasers and Round Rock Express for four games each. As a result, fans will certainly want to get their OKC Dodgers tickets while they can seem, considering they have so many games away from home during that stretch. Totally Tickets has gathered that the Dodgers are amongst the most popular teams in the league in terms of ticket sales, not just because of their excellent record, but also because of their impressive talent, some of which who will be with the Major League Dodgers soon enough.
Oklahoma City comes to the new month on somewhat of an upswing. After dropping their first five games to start of the month of June and being outscored 36-12 over that period, the Dodgers finished the month at 15-12, including putting together an impressive seven-game winning streak from June 8-15.
The infield quartet of catcher Austin Barnes (.302, 5 HR, 29 RBIs), top shortstop prospect Corey Seager (.291, 6 HR, 25 RBIs), second baseman Darnell Sweeney (.281, 4 HR, 30 RBIs) and third baseman Buck Britton (.266, 4 HR, 30 RBIs), have been the glue that’s held OKC together.
They will need those levels of contributions to stay afloat during a July onslaught that includes 23 games against the Storm Chasers, Express and Memphis Redbirds, three squads that are a cumulative 127-108 over the first three months of the season.
On the mound, hurlers Scott Baker (7-3, 3.27 ERA) and Zach Lee (5-3, 2.38 ERA) have been the workhorses for the Dodgers’ pitching staff, with hard-throwing reliever David Aardsma (15 saves, 2.38 ERA) proving to be more than capable of holding down the role of a reliable closer. He’s a former closer in the big leagues as well.
Round Rock, which boasts the league’s second best overall record at 45-31, faces the Dodgers eight times during the month, including four games at Chickasaw starting July 16. Those could be the most important games of the season for both sides.