When the new season begins on April 5, 2012 the Harrisburg Senators hope to come back strong from their devastating playoff loss against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Senators were forced to play the entire series in Richmond due to the flooding in downtown Harrisburg, despite having the best record in the Eastern League.
The Senators claimed the Western Division title for the first time since 1997, and with stars such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg working their way into the majors; the team has seen a noticeable increase in attendance. Harrisburg hopes to play off of this recent success and carry it into the 2012 season.
The overall batting of the team last season was less than stellar, even though first basemen Tyler Moore attracted fans to the seats of Metro Bank Park with his Eastern League high of 31 home runs. It was the pitching that was a key component to Harrisburg’s success in 2011, with Erik Arnesen and Shairon Martis combining for 16 wins while having two of the top five lowest ERA’s.
The ace of the squad, Brad Peacock, was a combined 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 98 2/3 innings before he was promoted to the Nationals mid-season. Peacock was awarded the MiLBY award for Best Double-A Starter before moving on to the Majors. The boys of Harrisburg hope to dominate the mound again come this spring.
The team will travel to Maryland to open up the 2012 season against the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, on April 5. The Senators home opener is on Thursday, April 12, against the Reading Phillies at Metro Bank Park.