Current Record: 44–28 (Pythagorean 43–29)
Current Standing: First, Pinckney Division Champions
Three games ahead of
Friday, August 27th – Outfielder Ross Smith activated from the 7-day Disabled List at class A Quad Cities and re-assigned to Short-season A Batavia
Smith's stay on
Tuesday, August 31st – Right-handed pitcher Javier Avendano called up from Rookie League GCL Cardinals
Avendano has not yet appeared in a
Wednesday, September 1st – Outfielder Ross Smith re-called to class A Quad Cities
Smith was returned to Quad Cities after Matt Adams, the River Bandits' top bat, suffered a fractured elbow, thus ending his season.
Friday, September 3rd – Catcher Geoff Klein called up to A-Advanced Palm Beach
This transaction reverberates all
the way from Double-A Springfield where catcher Charles Cutler broke his foot,
thus ending his season.
Alanna Stage of The Daily News has an informative two-part interview with Ben Hayes, the President of the New York-Penn League, that covers Batavia's future in the league, the future of other small market teams and the league's competitive balance. Part 1 and Part 2
August is finished and it's time to look at the monthly stats, starting with the offense. The six players whose names are italicized had the minimum number of plate appearances needed to be considered a team leader in any given category.
Centerfielder Nick Longmire, third baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and first baseman Victor Sanchez all played 29 games in August, the most on the team. Longmire also had the most at bats and plate appearances. Pat Biserta's .333 batting average was the top average and only Nick Longmire hit below .300 for the month of the six qualifiers. Joey Bergman led the team with a .426 on-base-percentage and Jonathan Rodriguez' .414 was second. Rodriguez led fellow infielder Victor Sanchez in the slugging race, .620 to .519 and Rodriguez' 1.034 OPS was the team's best.
Second baseman Joey Bergman walked an average of once every 6.8 plate appearances which was tops in that category. Outfielder Chris Edmondson had the best strikeout rate among the qualifiers. Edmondson struck out an average of once every nine plate appearances. Finally, Jonathan Rodriguez had the best isolated power numbers at .270.
Now to look at the complete August 2010 pitching stats which have been divided between the rotation and the bullpen.
|Pitcher||IP||H||SO||BB||SO/9 IP||BB/9 IP||H/9 IP|
Edwards edges out Gast in the fewest walks-per-nine-innings pitched category with 1.9 BB/9 IP to Gast's 2.0 BB/9 IP. When you look at Edwards' hits allowed and its corresponding batting average against, however, his low walk rate may be more an indication that he is leaving the ball over the plate and the opposition is hitting it.
The fewest hits allowed every nine innings category is another close contest between Gast (6.7) and Russsell (6.8). But Russell's lack of control, he walks almost five batters every nine innings, may be a factor in his lack of hits given up. Generally speaking, though, batters at this level usually have not developed a great deal of plate discipline and often swing if it is anywhere near the plate.
Russell trails Gast significantly in both Earned Run Average and Fielding Independent Pitching with Russell's control issues being the main factor in the FIP difference. In fact, Justin Edwards' 3.34 FIP is second with Russell's 3.63 FIP being third. Gast had the best WHIP for August at 0.97 while Russell's .215 batting average against is the lowest in the rotation. Finally, John Gast had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the rotation at 4.7:1.
Going over the bullpen stats, two
of the listed pitchers barely pitched during August: Anthony Ferrara and Jose Rada.
|Pitcher||IP||H||SO||BB||SO/9 IP||BB/9 IP||H/9 IP|
Travis Lawler pitched the most innings in August but that number is somewhat inflated by an August 26th spot start in which he went four innings. Current closer Keith Butler averaged 16.5 strikeouts every nine innings with southpaw Justin Wright's 13.5 SO/9 IP second. Current River Bandit LaCurtis Mayes averaged only one walk every nine innings for August prior to his promotion but that average is much lower than his seasonal average of 3.25 BB/9 IP. Among the current staff, Chase Reid had the best walk rate average at 2.1 every nine innings with David Kington second at 2.4. Lawler returns to the top of the hit parade by averaging 5.3 hits every nine innings. Kington was second with 5.6 hits, just ahead of Reid's 5.7.
Justin Wright was not scored upon in his six and two-thirds innings of work which was the best on the staff for Earned Run Average. He also had the best FIP at 1.55 with Kington second with a 2.05 FIP. Four relievers had a sub-1.00 WHIP headed by Wright at 0.60. The other three were Reid (0.87), Kington (0.88) and Lawler (0.96). (You notice a pattern of which relievers' names get mentioned?) Wright held the opposition to just two hits in six and two-thirds innings for a .091 batting average against. Kington was second with a .171 batting average against. Mayes' 7:1 K/BB ratio was best in the bullpen for August while Wright's 5:1 ratio is best among the current staff.
Kington is a 34th round selection out of the 2009 draft and will turn 23 in December. This is his first season at this level. Lawler is also a 2009 draftee, 32nd round and he also appears at this level for the first time. Lawler turned 22 in June. Reid, who is about a month older than Lawler, was drafted in the 41st round in 2010 out of Vanderbilt. Wright signed near the August deadline. The just turned 21-year-old was drafted in the 47th round out of Virginia Tech.
Who's Hot: Third baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and First baseman Victor Sanchez // Lefties Zack Russell and Justin Wright
Rodriguez continues to tear up New York-Penn League pitching with this week's line being .419/.455/.806/1.261, 13-for-31 in seven games, with three doubles, three home runs, two walks, nine runs driven in, a stolen base and five strikeouts. Rodriguez was charged with three errors this week to bring his total for the season to eight. He had a .435 BABIP and .387 ISO.
Sanchez gets his second straight ‘Hot' nod with a line of .433/.528/.633/1.161, 13-for-30 in seven games, with three doubles, a home run, two walks, six runs driven in and one stolen base in two attempts. He was also hit by a pitch four times and had a .500 BABIP.
Russell bounced from last week's
‘Not' to this week's ‘Hot' with his performance against
Justin Wright has been money since his first game appearance on August 20th. He has yet to be scored upon and that includes the four runners he inherited. Two of the four inherited runners were in scoring position. Wright's line since August 20th: 4 G, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 1 HB, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 1.55 FIP, 0.60 WHIP, .091 BAA, .133 BABIP, 13.5 SO/9 IP.
Who's Not: Outfielder Chris Edmondson and Catcher Audry Perez // Left-handed starter Justin Edwards
Edmondson did not connect very often this week, going 8-for-34 for a .235 batting average, but when he did it was for extra bases. Half of his eight hits were for extra bases: two doubles and two triples. He did not draw a walk but was hit by a pitch and, overall, went .235/.257/.412/.669 with two strikeouts and a .250 BABIP.
Perez went just .222/.267/.444/.711, 6-for-27 in six games but two of his six hits were home runs, including a grand slam. He did walk twice against five strikeouts with a .200 BABIP. Perez has struggled since his return from the disabled list, going .244/.327/.422/.749, 11-for-45 in 13 games, with two doubles, two home runs, six walks and 12 strikeouts.
Edwards has been a bit uneven and this week saw two of his lesser performances. He made two starts and only went five innings in each, allowing a total of eight runs, all earned, on 10 hits including three home runs. The southpaw walked five and struck out 11. He had a 7.20 ERA, 6.40 FIP, 1.50 WHIP, .256 BAA and .233 BABIP.
How They Stack Up:
Joey Bergman's .302 batting
average is 13th in the league and his .403 on-base-percentage is
seventh. Jonathan Rodriguez has
moved up to seventh in slugging with a .492 slugging percentage. Interestingly, Nick Longmire held the
seven slot in slugging last week.
He has dropped to a tie for tenth with a .477 slugging percentage. In what may be a sign of the of the
play-offs outcome, Brooklyn holds the top three OPS slots: 23-year-old Rylan Sandoval is tops at
.950, outfielder Cory Vaughn is second at .945 and centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani is third with a .930 OPS.
The Muckdogs now lead the league
in fewest strikeouts-per-plate appearance with an average of a strikeout every
5.5 plate appearances. That number
is just ahead of
The Race to the Play-Offs:
Looking at the rotation for the
first round, it appears manager Dann Bilardello will have some rotation
decisions to make. If the rotation
remains on its regular schedule, ace John Gast would miss the entire first
round. He is scheduled to pitch
today (Saturday, the 4th) with Nick McCully going on Sunday. That would leave Andrew Moss for the
opening game, Justin Edwards for game 2 and Zack Russell for game 3, if
necessary. The second round of the
play-offs will begin either on Friday, September 10th or Saturday,
September 11th, depending on how long each first-round series
goes. Moss, Edwards and Russell are
all capable of winning under pressure but all are uneven in their
performances. Gast has been very
steady on the mound. Skipping him
in the first series, however, would leave him available to pitch game 1 of the
League Championship series, if
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