The South Atlantic League announced their All-Star game rosters on Wednesday, and it's not surprising that the leaders of the South division are sending five pitchers to the team.
After leading the South Atlantic League in earned run average through the entire first half with a 2.47 ERA, the GreenJackets will send starters Henry Sosa, Adam Cowart, Kevin Pucetas and Clayton Tanner to the midseason exhibition. They will be joined by closer Juan Trinidad in representing their team.
The five representatives were good for the second-most sent by any team in the league, which is matched by the Lakewood Blueclaws and the Lake County Captains of the North division. Only Asheville, with seven representatives, had more.
Even with five pitchers going to the game, one could argue that the GreenJackets got a snub.
Ben Snyder's 2.14 ERA is good for sixth in the league (Tanner is eight at 2.22; the other three All-Stars are ahead of Snyder). Snyder leads the GreenJackets in strikeouts with 63, which is fourth-best in the league. His walks and hits per inning pitched is tied for 15th in the league.
Why Snyder isn't on the team is a very strong question, but isn't that something that happens every year?
That the GreenJackets don't have an offensive representative is not such a big question. Augusta ranks solidly in the middle of the league in most offensive categories. They probably missed out on having one representative when Brian Bocock was promoted to San Jose. Bocock's total of 26 stolen bases is still enough to have him in second place in the league.
It's unlikely that every GreenJacket will get an appearance in the game. With 80 percent of a rotation appearing in the game, maybe just two or three pitchers will appear.
But whoever gets in will make for a tough assignment for North Division batters. GreenJackets pitchers have been dominating all year long, and the All-Star game shouldn't be much different.
Roster Moves: Tyler Graham has returned to the roster after missing six weeks with a groin injury. Graham was batting .312 with a .378 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts before his injury.
Meanwhile, reliever Jared Cranston has been placed on the disabled list for an unknown reason.
Player of the Week: Emmanuel Burriss
Burriss has really opened up since his demotion, and is on a particularly hot streak. He's gone 12-for-19 over the past week, walking three times and scoring four runs. He has had some problems, being caught stealing three out of his six attempts this week. But Burriss is definitely looking a lot better in Augusta.
He'HBy The Numbers: 8 and 9
It's Magic Number time! The Asheville Tourists and the Columbus Catfish are both 3.5 games behind the GreenJackets, but have played a different number of games. Eight is the Magic Number against Asheville (combined Augusta wins and Asheville losses) and nine is the Magic Number against Columbus for Augusta to win the first half title for the Southern Division.
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