Otters have plenty of motivation for 2022 season
Evansville hosts the Jackals on Friday at 6:35 p.m.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - It’s been a long offseason for the Evansville Otters, but a new Frontier League season is about to start. Opening day for the Otters is Friday night at home.
With six preseason games under their belt, the Otters have a better look at their lineup.
Otters Manager Andy McCauley says their offense is set.
But, there are still a couple of experienced guys on the roster awaiting visas - leaving a few question marks as they gear up to open Frontier League play on Friday.
”We still have question marks as far as the pitching staff goes as far as what we need to improve there and what roles they’re going to assume as we start the season,” McCauley says. “Our lineup is pretty set now, still waiting on a few players with the visa situation. In the field, Andy DeJesus - picking up both Andy Armstrong and George Callil, two phenomenal defensive shortstops, so we still got to see who’s going to win that job because they both had outstanding camps.”
The Otters closed out exhibition play with a 10-1 win over the Black Sox.
Last season ended in disappointment, as Evansville missed out on the playoffs, by just a half-game. The 2021 season was the first season back after the COVID year off, and the Frontier League changed to a four-division format, and only the division champions went to the playoffs.
In a normal year with the wild card spots, the Otters would’ve been playoff-bound, and that serves as motivation to start the season.
“It was something that we brought up very early on, some unfinished business from last year. It’s hard to imagine we tied for the most wins in the league and we don’t make the playoffs,” McCauley says. “A little chip on our shoulder with what happened last year, so it’s definitely on everybody’s mind. I like who we got. Offense should be set, and then just looking to some guys to step up and assume some roles for us.”
“Something seemed kind of strange about that the say it went down for sure, but we have a good group of guys,” Gordon says. “We communicate throughout the winter, and we said let’s do this again right. So, the chemistry that we have is only going to help us go for a nice little push.”
Fan-favorite Riley Krane will not be back, but there will be plenty of familiar faces returning to the team. Again, opening night is Friday at Bosse Field against the New Jersey Jackals at 6:35 p.m.
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