The success down the stretch that has the Dogs in this position, that if they win today, they clinch the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division title, was built largely on the arm of the 6'2" 200 pound right-hander, Thomas Eager.
In an August see-saw battle for first, that saw the Jamestown Jammers in first place at times and the Batavia Muckdogs nipping at their heels, Thomas Eager came through like a genuine staff ace, posting a record of 3-0 with a ridicules 1.04 ERA, holding opposing batters to a .107 batting average.
Eager appeared in five games for the Dogs in August, including two starts, giving up just two runs on six hits over 17.1 innings pitched, to keep the Dogs in the pennant drive.
The amazing thing about these numbers is, he pitched this well with almost every game having potential playoff implications, the race was that close the entire month. This outstanding performance, under pressure, earns Eager the Birdhouse MiLB "Starter of the Month" award.
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Eager is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts for the Muckdogs this season.