by Amy Moritz
It's the most wonderful time of the baseball season, that is for those teams in the postseason race. And for the Buffalo Bisons, who found themselves 10 games back of the divisional race on June 27, it's all about controlling their own destiny, with a bit of scoreboard watching for good measure.
And so the setup going into tonight's doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field with Syracuse (5:30 p.m., Radio 1520, TWCS) is this: Buffalo is three games behind Rochester for the IL North Division title and half a agame ahead of Norfolk and Pawtucket in the Wild Card race.
Buffalo begins a stretch of six games in five days at home, with two today and one tomorrow against Syracuse and then a three-game series with Rochester.
The Bisons start today with Ricky Romero. He had a rough start in his last outing, a no-decision on Aug. 6 against Pawtucket. The start was solid -- just one hit in three innings with his offense spotting him a 7-0 lead. He then gave up seven runs in the fourth inning.
Bobby Korecky will get the spot start in the second game. He his 3-0 with a 4.31 ERA.
In other news, the Bisons lead the Thruway Cup series with Rochester and Buffalo. I throw that in, because, well, because it's the cup.
Today's Game 1 Starting Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Ryan Goins -- 3B
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C