Portland Beavers season in review

For a team that ended the year with a 68-76 mark, third in the Pacific Northern Division it can be summed up as follows: The Portland Beavers played the second-fewest one-run games in the league, going 14-21 – which also happened to be the fewest wins in close contests.

While Portland posted double-digit win totals each month during the season, only once did they win more than they lost.

In April, June, and August, the team ERA was above 5.00 and they ended the year second in the league in ERA at 4.92 to the rarified air in Colorado Springs. The 158 homers against led the league and the 1,415 hits placed one from the bottom.

The Beavers hit .263 as a team offensively and led the league in walks with 653. They also paced the PCL in homers with 175 but had the fewest stolen bases and whiffed more times than all but two squads.

Terrmel Sledge's 19-game hitting streak was the second best mark in the Pacific Coast League and was current when he was called up to San Diego, one shy of the Tacoma's Adam Jones. Sledge ended the year with a .583 slugging percentage, second best in the league, and one of three Portland players to appear in the top five.

Jack Cust really liked playing in PGE Park. He lead the league with an on base streak of 38 consecutive games at home, posting a .503 on base percentage over a stretch of games that began on April 12 and ended on July 13. He also had a 25-game road on base streak from June 11 through August 6 and a 28-game overall on base streak from April 24 through May 23. It probably comes as no surprise that Cust led the league in on base percentage at .467 – but he also placed fifth in slugging percentage at .549. The outfielder placed second in runs scored while leading the universe in walks.

Paul McAnulty placed fifth in the PCL in hits with 148 and fifth in doubles with 34. Jon Knott, meanwhile, had 70 extra base hits, good for second most in the league and placed third in slugging percentage. He also led the PCL in RBI's with 113 and homers with 32.

On the pitching front, Jason Anderson led the league in appearances but that is where the good news ends.

Tim Stauffer was the only Beaver to appear in another dubious category, placing third in the league with 12 losses.

Only two starters had an ERA under 4.00 for the year – and one of those players, John Hudgins, logged just two starts. The other was Mike Thompson who managed it over 13 starts. The bullpen boasted four players who notched an ERA under 3.00 among those who appeared in five or more games.

Who did you want up with the bases loaded?

How about Knott and his .409 average. Luke Carlin wouldn't have been a bad choice either as he went 3-for-4 with ten RBI's. Knott also paced the regulars with a .345 mark with runners in scoring position. The departed Freddy Guzman actually hit .588 with RISP over 17 at bats.

Who should be on the bump with runners on base?

Hands down, no one was better than Scott Cassidy and his .190 average against. Anderson, however, moved to the top of the class with RISP – holding the opposition to a .186 average in 86 at bats.


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