Current Record: 33–25 (Pinckney Division) (Pythagorean 34-24)
Current Standing: Tied for second with
Sunday, August 15th – Right-handed reliever LaCurtis Mayes recalled to Class A Quad Cities
Overall, Mayes' short A line was : 2-2, 15 G, 4.50 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 27.2 IP, 31 H, 18 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 23 SO, 1.48 WHIP, .277 BAA, .283 BABIP, 2.3:1 K/BB. He was absolutely pounded in his last appearance on Sunday, allowing three runs, earned, on five hits and a walk in one and two-thirds innings. Mayes took the loss. But a roster slot did open up for Jordan Swagerty.
Tuesday, August 17th – Right-handed pitcher Jordan Swagerty (2nd round) assigned to Short-season A Batavia
Wednesday, August 18th – Right-handed pitcher Chris Corrigan called up to Class A Quad Cities
Corrigan was ineffective in his
last appearance for
The Rochester Red Wings will end
their operational control of the Batavia Muckdogs at the end of the season,
according to the Rochester Democrat and
Chronicle. That move puts
The Batavian has a very informative blog entry on the financial aspects of the Muckdogs' possible sale: link
Southpaw John Gast was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period August 9th through the 15th. He was named the Hot Pitcher of the Week in this report last week, a clear foreshadowing of the much bigger award to come. Gast has 26 strikeouts in 23 innings against just two walks and 19 hits for a 13:1 K/BB ratio, 0.93 WHIP, 1.33 FIP and 10.2 SO/9 IP.
Third baseman Jonathan Rodriguez
hit for the cycle on Sunday against
While both Audry Perez and Geoff Klein returned to action on Thursday, Mike O'Neill did not make a plate appearance. His only sighting came during Friday's game when he pinch hit for Pat Biserta in the eighth inning and played left field in the ninth. Also among the missing-in-action this week is starter Andrew Moss who did not appear in a game. Reliever Houston Summers did not pitch in a game this week until Friday's appearance which earned him a win. Former Sun Devils teammates Seth Blair (supplemental first round) and newly arrived second-rounder Jordan Swagerty have not seen game action at all. More on Blair from Brian Walton.
I believe this past Wednesday, August 18th, was the last day a player could be added to a team's roster and be eligible for the play-offs.
This week's chart gives each player's walk and strikeout totals and their walks-per-plate appearance and strikeout-per-plate appearance averages.
The combination of a lack of pitching consistency at this level and a larger quantity of pitchers vying for a limited number of innings makes the pitching side of the ‘Hot' and ‘Not' difficult at times. Sometimes the most equitable thing to do is to by-pass part or all of the pitching side entirely. When a pitching ‘Hot' or ‘Not' is omitted, the omission is intentional.
Who's Hot: Third baseman Jonathan Rodriguez
Rodriguez used a 4-for-4 game on Sunday, in which he hit for the cycle, to mash his way to a line of .313/.450/.750/1.200, 5-for-16 in five games. He walked four times, scored five runs and drove in two as well as striking out five times. Rodriguez had a .400 BABIP.
Who's Not: Centerfielder Nick Longmire
Longmire went .250/.318/.350/.668, 5-for-20 in five games, with two doubles, two walks and five strikeouts. He was productive when he was on base, scoring four runs and driving in three. Longmire had a .333 BABIP.
How They Stack Up:
Joey Bergman's .327 batting
average is good for fourth in the league behind leader Darrell Ceciliani's .354
average. Ceciliani is with the
Brooklyn Cyclones. Bergman has the
league's third best on-base percentage at .412 (
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The Muckdogs' pitching slid into
the ranks of the mediocre this week as they are now in the top 30% (top four
teams) in only one category:
WHIP. Last week they were
third in FIP, WHIP, fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched and most
strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched.
Six Muckdogs were All-Stars and five played in the game, in which the NL lost by a 4-3 score. Nick Longmire, Joey Bergman and late addition Yunier Castillo went a combined 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. Audry Perez was still on the DL and did not play. Justin Edwards tossed a scoreless inning, striking out two and Chase Reid fanned the side in his one inning of work. He allowed one hit. Longmire earlier participated in the Home Run Derby, but was shut out. (Box)
After the All-Star break, the
Muckdogs traveled to last-place
The Muckdogs won the final game of the series 6-4 behind a five-run third inning. The big blows were Nick Longmire's two-run double which was immediately followed by Victor Sanchez' two-run home run. Houston Summers picked up the win in relief of starter Nick McCully. (Box)
The Race to the Pennant:
The above chart outlines each
team's remaining opponents and whether they face them at home or on the
road. All three teams have 16 games
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