Current Record: 15-13
Current Standings (as of 7/16/11):
Drew Benes – The right-hander was
promoted to Quad Cities on Thursday.
Benes appeared in six games, two starts, over 20 innings for
This week saw the return of Hector Hernandez who is working his way back from a strained side muscle. The lefty took the rotation slot previously held by fellow southpaw Pat Daugherty. Hernandez started two games totaling three innings. Daugherty is currently on the same pitching schedule as Hernandez.
Mike O'Neill began to play more in the field than serving as designated hitter this week, including three straight games in left before getting the night off Friday.
Infielder Garrett Wittels' second professional week went much better than did his first as he picked up his first hits. Wittels went 7-for-19 in four games for a .368/.400/.421/.821 line which was fueled by a 4-for-5 game on Wednesday. He had one double, a walk, two strikeouts and two stolen bases. Wittels hit in the lead off slot for the first time on Friday where he went 3-for-5. Those stats will appear in next week's report.
There is finally some word on infielder Danny Stienstra. He tore a ligament in his thumb while playing second base and has been out of commission since June 22nd. The cast is scheduled to come off this week.
This week's qualifiers for batting Hot and Not are: infielder Joey Bergman, catcher Juan Castillo, first baseman David Medina, left fielder Mike O'Neill and second/third baseman Jeremy Patton. Qualifiers had 75% of the maximum number of plate appearances for the week.
Catcher Juan Castillo garnered the majority of the catching duties this week by hitting .455/.520/.591/1.111, 10-for-22 with three doubles and three walks against four strikeouts. He had a .556 BABIP.
Infielder Joey Bergman receives an honorable mention by posting his own 1.000 plus OPS. Bergman went .333/.440/.571/1.011, 7-for-21 with three doubles, a home run and three walks with two strikeouts. He had a .333 BABIP.
Newly-promoted Drew Benes left on a high note, thereby grabbing Hot honors. The righty reliever pitched five innings over two appearances and did not allow a run. Better yet, he struck out six while walking only one. Benes did hit three batters but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Hit batsmen due to a lack of control is a bad thing. Batters getting plunked because the pitcher is throwing inside and the batter may be crowding the plate is just fine. Benes allowed two hits for a 0.60 WHIP, 3.20 FIP, .125 BAA, .143 BABIP and a 6:1 K/BB ratio.
Honorable mention goes to righty starters Seth Maness and Todd McInnis. Either pitcher could have received the Hot nod this week for their starts. Maness' stats: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.20 FIP, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .273 BAA, .316 BABIP. McInnis' stats: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.83 WHIP, .208 BAA, .227 BABIP.
Left fielder Mike O'Neill may have spent most of the week on the field but he spent it not hitting as well. O'Neill hit a dismal .136/.333/.318/.652, 3-for-22, with one double and one home run. He continued to get on base, with seven walks against just three strikeouts. O'Neill also stole a base.
Jose Almarante's start on July 10th only lasted one inning. The right-hander loaded the bases on a single, hit-by-pitch and walk then allowed four runs to score on a sacrifice fly and a home run. He also threw in a balk for good measure. It was a start to forget.
How They Stack Up:
Mike O'Neill is now fifth in the
league with a .432 on-base percentage.
Corner infielder Romulo Ruiz's .507 slugging percentage is good for
eighth while first baseman David Medina is just behind him in ninth place with a
.500 slugging percentage. Ruiz
Seth Maness leads the league with
a 0.57 WHIP while Todd McInnis is fourth with a 0.76 WHIP. Maness (0.32) and McInnis (1.44) are
second and sixth in the league in Earned Run Average. Southpaw closer Danny Miranda picked up
his sixth save on Thursday which is good for second in the league behind
The cumulative team statistics comparison returns next week.
The Muckdogs went 3-3 this week in
two three-game series against last-place teams. The first was a road series
The Muckdogs' six-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday as they fell to the Spikes 8-7: link
Wednesday saw the Muckdogs take up where they left off as they lost their third in a row, 5-4 while hosting Tri-City, their 2010 play-off opponent. link
The Muckdogs took the series with a 4-3 walk-off win on a rather interesting play: link
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