Current Record: 38–27 (Pythagorean 38–27)
Current Standing: First place in the Pinckney Division,
one-half game ahead of
Monday, August 23rd – Catcher Roberto Espinoza re-called to A-Advanced Palm Beach
Thursday, August 26th – Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara activated from the Disabled List
This move is a pleasant surprise
as information had it that
Jose Rada's promotion to Quad
Cities on August 5th left the Muckdogs without a shut-down closer.
His replacement, Keith Butler, has
not been as steady although it may be unfair to compare the two. Butler blew his first save opportunity
after Rada's promotion the very next night, a two-run save opportunity in a game
Batavia went on to lose in extras.
The next save opportunity came on August 14th and
David Kington saved his first
professional game on the 21st as both closer Butler and set-up man
Chase Reid were very likely not available after being used back-to-back on the
19th and 20th.
All four games of the back-to-back double-headers were save
Chase Reid, of whom manager Dann
Bilardello said earlier in the season that he had closer stuff, saved the second
game on Wednesday in a 4-1 win and the first game on Thursday as
- The first game of Wednesday's
double-header saw the professional debut of southpaw Justin Wright, a
47th round selection out of Virginia Tech. Wright was a late signing and the junior
indicated that he had every intention of returning to the Hokies if his signing
bonus requirement was not met. He
was a starter at Virginia Tech the past two seasons and struck out 100 in 98
innings while walking 33. Wright
held the opposition to a .240 batting average and spent this summer playing in
Below are two charts that list the
August stats to date for every pitcher that took the mound for
The team leader in each category is bolded, minimum five innings pitched. The team leader in Hits, Strikeouts and Walks is calculated based on their average-per-nine innings pitched which is not listed on either chart. Lefty John Gast leads in innings pitched, FIP, WHIP and K/BB ratio. Only Zack Russell leads in more than one category, hits and batting average against. Russell has allowed the fewest hits per nine innings with 5.8/9 IP and holds the opposition to a .188 average. Keith Butler leads in strikeouts with an average of 17.1 strikeouts every nine innings. Former Muckdog LaCurtis Mayes walked only one batter in nine and one-third innings for a 0.96/9 IP average. John Gast is the leader among active pitchers with an average of 1.08 walks every nine innings. The Earned Run Average leader is David Kington's 1.08. Kington has a very respectable 2.36 FIP.
This week's Hot offensive quartet features two players that posted a .900 plus OPS and two that posted an OPS above 1.000. Pat Biserta's .912 OPS featured a high batting average of .357, 5-for-14, mixed with a couple of doubles, a couple of walks and four strikeouts. Overall, he had a line of .357/.412/.512/.912 in six games. He had a .500 BABIP. Nick Longmire hit for a modest .273 average, 6-for-22, but four of his six hits were for extra bases: a double, two triples and a home run. He walked three times, stole a base and posted a line of .273/.360/.636/.996 in seven games. Longmire had a .333 BABIP and struck out six times.
Jonathan Rodriguez get a Hot mention for the third time in the last four weeks by going .263/.440/.684/1.124, 5-for-19 in seven games, with a triple, two home runs, five walks and four strikeouts. He had a .231 BABIP. Since July 31st Rodriguez has posted a .301/.408/.627/1.035 offensive line, 25-for-83 with three doubles, three triples, six home runs, 14 walks and 21 strikeouts.
Victor Sanchez combined a high average with extra base power for a line of .350/.435/.600/1.035, 7-for-20 in seven games with two doubles, a home run, two walks, a stolen base and four strikeouts. He had a .400 BABIP.
Reliever Travis Lawler's spot
start in the second game of Thursday's double-header was his first professional
start. He held up his end by
Who's Not: Second baseman Joey Bergman // Starter Zack Russell
Bergman just had a dismal week at the plate, going .056/.227/.111/.338, 1-for-18 in six games. His sole hit was a double. Bergman walked three times, struck out five times and had a .077 BABIP. This week's numbers resulted in Bergman tumbling out of the league leaders listing in both batting average and on-base percentage.
August has seen Russell
alternating better and worse outings.
Well, Wednesday was one of Russell's lesser efforts. He started the first game of that day's
How They Stack Up:
The only Muckdog currently in the top 10 in batting average, on-base percentage or slugging is Nick Longmire, whose .496 slugging percentage is good for seventh. That number is driven by his nine home runs which places him in a four-way tie along with teammate Jonathan Rodriguez for fourth place.
Since John Gast does not have
enough innings to qualify for the league pitching leaders listing, Justin Edwards is the only
The team charts are omitted this week due to time constraints.
Batavia went 5-2 for the week and
moved from a tie with Williamsport for second place and one and one-half games
back of Jamestown to sole possession of first, a half game up on the Marlins'
minor league affiliate. The
Muckdogs' 5-2 record is particularly impressive when you consider that the team
went 4-2 in head-to-head competition with chief rival
The Muckdogs fell to the Crosscutters on Sunday 6-2 . Justin Edwards went seven innings and took the loss, falling to 3-4 for the season. All five runs allowed by Edwards were unearned, including a three-run second inning and a two-run fourth inning. He gave up 10 hits and two walks so certainly was not keeping Cutters batters off the basepaths. Nick Longmire led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Joey Bergman's groundout. Batavia's other run came in the ninth when Bergman coaxed a one-out walk and eventually came around to score on Jonathan Rodriguez' line drive single to center. (Box)
The third game of the series at
Designated hitter Pat Biserta's two-out double in the sixth broke a one all tie and was the difference in the nightcap. Biserta's fly to center cleared the bases, scoring Audry Perez (walk), Mike O'Neill (single) and Jonathan Rodriguez (walk). John Gast (W, 5-0) gave up just one run, earned, on four hits and two walks against six strikeouts in six innings. Chase Reid picked up his first save of his professional career with a perfect seventh. (Box)
The Muckdogs split Thursday's double-header, winning the opener 6-3 but falling in the nightcap 2-1. The Batavian has a brief write-up but the best part is some dandy pictures: link. (First game box) and (Second game box)
The Race to the Play-Offs:
The wild card is a factor at the
level as well. Since the league has
three divisions and a short season which makes dividing the season into halves
impractical, a wild card team to balance out the play-offs. Looking at the standings the wild card
will undoubtedly come out of the Pinckney Division.
Below is an updated chart of the three teams' remaining schedules, along with their home/road splits.
|State College||32 - 24||3||1|
|Jamestown||38 - 28||1||1|
|Auburn||29 - 37||2||1|
|Jamestown||38 - 28||2||2|
|Mahoning Valley||28 - 39||2|
|State College||32 - 24||2||1|
|Williamsport||37 - 30||2||2|
|Batavia||38 - 27||1||1|
|Mahoning Valley||28 - 39||3|
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