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Joey Bergman – was sent back up to Quad Cities on the 12th, likely in response to the disabling there of River Bandits' second baseman Kolten Wong. Bergman is a repeat New York-Penn League all-star but will not be participating because of his promotion.
Manuel De La Cruz – The southpaw spent the minimum on the disabled list before being activated on the 10th. He marked his return with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Sam Gaviglio – Although
Six Muckdogs were named to the National League squad for this year's All-Star game: 2B Joey Bergman, C Juan Castillo, LHS Jonathan Cornelius, RHS Seth Maness, RHS Todd McInnis and 1B David Medina. More on the participants in this article: link
Below is a chart of
The top performers are the just-promoted Joey Bergman, catcher Juan Castillo, outfielder Virgil Hill, first baseman/left fielder David Medina, infielder Jeremy Patton and corner infielder Romulo Ruiz. Center fielder Nick Martini, catcher Kevin Moscatel, right fielder Roberto Reyes and shortstop Cesar Valera are all well under the league average. Phil Cerreto is also well under the league average but is new to the team and has only 14 at bats.
This week's qualifiers for batting Hot and Not are: Joey Bergman, Juan Castillo, Virgil Hill, David Medina, Jeremy Patton, Romulo Ruiz and Garrett Wittels. Qualifiers had 75% of the maximum number of plate appearances for the week.
Two Muckdogs are swinging the hottest bats this week: catcher Juan Castillo and infielder Garrett Wittels.
Castillo went .400/.381/.500/.981, 9-for-20 in five games, with a double and a home run. He struck out three times and did not walk. Castillo had a .412 BABIP.
Garrett Wittels had a line of .400/.455/.500/.955, 8-for-20 in five games, with two doubles, two walks and only one strikeout. He had a .421 BABIP.
With only six games this week, the total innings from which to choose the ‘Hot' pitcher were pretty skimpy. So, the two starters with the best outings this week both earned the ‘Hot' nod: Hector Hernandez and Todd McInnis.
Hernandez tossed six innings, allowing five hits and two walks that resulted in three runs/two earned. The 20-year-old had a 2.87 FIP, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .217 batting average with a .263 BABIP.
McInnis gave up only an unearned run on four hits in his five innings of work. He struck out two, did not walk a batter but did plunk one. That works out to a 3.00 FIP, 0.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, .211 BAA and .235 BABIP.
I sure hope Joey Bergman heats up
at Quad Cities because he left
There are six starters for five rotation slots now that Seth Maness has returned to the mound. Pat Daugherty is pitching his way out of the rotation. The left-hander lasted just two innings, giving up four runs/earned, on two hits but five walks. He struck out four. Daugherty had a 6.70 FIP, 18.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP, .250 BAA and .500 BABIP.
How They Stack Up:
Joey Bergman is sixth in batting average (.309) while Virgil Hill's .487 slugging percentage is good for seventh in the league. Hill is also tied for fourth with five triples. David Medina is tied for fourth in the league with seven home runs and Jeremy Patton is tied for eighth with 14 doubles.
Todd McInnis' 1.97 ERA places him
second in the league and he leads the league with a 0.91 WHIP. Danny Miranda slides to a fifth place
tie with eight saves but the slide is due to a lack of opportunities during
The Muckdogs' pitching staff is
solidly mediocre: 3.79 ERA
(seventh), 1.33 WHIP (fifth), 172 walks (fifth fewest) and 374 strikeouts
(ninth). Their best stat is they
are third in the league in fewest home runs allowed with 21.
The Muckdogs split the week-end
The team did not play either
Monday's game at
The one game they did play was a
nine-inning 9-2 loss to
The game remained close at 4-2
until the top of the ninth when the Mets scored five runs to blow the game
open. New reliever Yunier Castillo
was charged will all five runs although only one was earned. The big blow was a two-out grand slam by
left fielder Travis Taijeron.
The Muckdogs finished the week
with yet another loss, this time to
Note: Team records and standings as of Saturday, August 13th.
BABIP (Batting Average for Balls In Play) – measures how many balls that are put into play go for hits, excluding home runs. The average BABIP is from .290 to .320 and is impacted by the team's defense, changes in talent level and luck. Certain individual factors, such as a player's speed, impact that hitter's BABIP but generally speaking extreme variations from the average BABIP should eventually move closer to the average range.
GB %, LD %, FB % - the percentage of how many of the hitter's balls in play are groundballs versus line drives or fly balls. A groundball produces .05 runs/out (R/O), line drive = 1.26 R/O and a fly ball = .13 R/O. Therefore, a batter wants to hit more line drives while a pitcher wants to induce more ground balls.
OPS+ (On-Base Plus Slugging Plus) – takes OPS (the combination of on-base percentage and slugging percentage) and normalizes it for such things like park factor. This allows us to then compare players on different teams and different years. League average is 100+ and each point above or below equals one percentage point. A player with a 95 OPS+ for the season was 5% below the league average, for example, while a player with a 115 OPS+ was 15% above the league average.
wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) – starts with the idea that not every type of hit is equal which is how Batting Average works. Weighted On-Base Average combines all of the different hitting areas (hitting for average, hitting for power, having plate discipline) into one metric and weighs them proportionally according to their actual run value.
- The formulas used to calculate statistics such as BABIP and FIP are from The Hardball Times.
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