W3 Mahoning Valley
L1 State College
Eric Binder – was unconditionally
released on Saturday, the 13th.
Binder was a free agent signing in mid-June 2011 out of
Phil Cerreto – placed back on the DL on the 17th, retro to the 15th. He has had a difficult time staying on the field, missing from April 28th through August 5th due to a broken leg.
Ethan Cole – signed as a non-drafted free agent on the 17th. The right-hander most recently closed games for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League, a wooden bat summer league. He came to the Cardinals' attention when Edenton's coach, Dirk Kinney, became a scout for the organization after the Steamers' season finished. Cole was slated to attend Tennessee Wesleyan this fall.
D'Marcus Ingram – the Springfield Cardinals' outfielder began and ended his rehab assignment with
Seth Maness – the St. Louis
Cardinals tacitly acknowledged
Ryan Sherriff – The southpaw was
A month ago,
WHIP Jose Almarante
1.73 Jonathan Cornelius
1.38 Pat Daugherty
2.12 Hector Hernandez
1.31 Seth Maness
1.22 Todd McInnis
BABIP Jose Almarante
0.341 Jonathan Cornelius
0.333 Pat Daugherty
0.395 Hector Hernandez
0.297 Seth Maness
0.351 Todd McInnis
Looking at those performances, Almarante and Daugherty have been dreadful and Hernandez has been mediocre at best. Cornelius' stats are mixed, with a pretty good FIP and BAA/BABIP combination but a not-so-wonderful WHIP. Todd McInnis and Seth Maness have pitched well although McInnis' BABIP is below the standard range which indicates that hitters' batting average against him will likely rise a bit.
WHIP Javier Avendano
1.77 Corey Baker
1.11 Adam Bileckyj
1.17 Eric Binder
3.55 Yunier Castillo
3.50 Manuel De La Cruz
0.67 Kevin Jacob
1.69 Ricky Martinez
1.00 Travis Miller
1.30 Danny Miranda
1.13 Sean Watson
BABIP Javier Avendano
0.353 Corey Baker
0.321 Adam Bileckyj
0.235 Eric Binder
0.545 Yunier Castillo
0.526 Manuel De La Cruz
0.143 Kevin Jacob
0.158 Ricky Martinez
0.276 Travis Miller
0.286 Danny Miranda
0.278 Sean Watson
After reviewing Corey Baker's
performance over the past month, it is clear why he is getting a shot at the
rotation. He had excellent numbers
out of the bullpen. Baker came into
five games with runners aboard, four of the five with multiple runners on, for
eleven total runners. Two
scored. Twice he inherited
bases-loaded situations, once with one out and the other with two outs and
stranded all six runners. Baker was
a starter the last three years of his college career at the
Command has been an issue during that time span. The bullpen is averaging 4.7 walks per nine innings and two pitchers have negative strikeout-to-walk ratios. Both Kevin Jacob (10 walks against seven strikeouts) and Sean Watson (four walks, three strikeouts) have walked more batters than they have K'd. Corey Baker, Manuel De La Cruz and Ricky Martinez are all averaging under 1.5 BB/9 IP with the balance of the pen all averaging at least four walks a game.
Overall, a team does not contend when the pitching has been at the level at which the Muckdogs have produced over the past month.
This week's Hot and Not are being passed over because there were only four games from which to compile data.
How They Stack Up:
Virgil Hill has a .463 slugging percentage and that ties him for tenth in the league. He is the only current Muckdog to place in the league's top 10 in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging or OPS. David Medina's seven home runs ties him for fourth place.
The Muckdogs have a 3.80 ERA and 1.32 WHIP as a pitching staff. Their ERA is eighth and WHIP is sixth in the league.
Todd McInnis leads the league with a 1.92 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.
The Muckdogs lost Saturday's game
The New York-Penn League All-Star
game was played on the 16th at the home of the Lowell Spinners
The Muckdogs won their second consecutive game for the first time since July 19th and 20th by downing the Spinners 7-2: link
Batavia begins a week of play
against division rivals with a six-game home stand on Saturday, the
20th, when they host Mahoning Valley (Cleveland) for three
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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