Mobile BayBears season in review

No Southern League team lost as many games as Mobile's 16 when tied after five innings of play, yet their 11-6 mark when tied after seven innings was tops in the league. That points to a faulty middle relief corps and starters who lost their edge as the game wore on.

August was the only month during the season that they posted a winning record but they did post a winning record in the second half, going 35-34.

Stephen Smitherman has the longest hitting streak of the year, posting a 12-game mark from July 20 through August 1. Smitherman's 19 home runs were the fifth-best in the Southern League and came in just 85 games played. Brett Dowdy's 16-game road on base streak fell nine games shy of the top mark in the league.

Luis Cruz placed third in the league in doubles with 35 and Vince Sinisi came in right behind him with 33. Cruz' 50 extra base hits were the fourth most in the league.

Dale Thayer took top honors for the second year in a row in saves with 27. In 2005, Thayer also amassed 27 saves. Thayer also placed second in the league in appearances with 57. While Thayer was 27-of-31 in converting save opportunities, the rest of the squad went 5-for-19.

Sean Thompson and Jose Oyervidez placed fourth and fifth in the league in strikeouts with 134 and 131, respectively. Oyervidez, though, placed second in the league with 12 losses and fourth with 75 walks. Thompson, meanwhile, surrendered 18 homers, fourth-most in the league.

For the second year in a row, Mobile sat at the bottom in batting average at .240 – four points lower than the year before. It is no surprise they had the fewest hits but they did manage to draw the second-most amount of walks with 523. Mobile's 45 stolen bases placed them next to the bottom but their stolen base success rate of 56 percent ranked as the worst mark.

No player, regardless of games, played, hit above .279 with the club. And the player who did, Joey Gomes, was released by the club during the season.

They placed sixth in the ten-team league with a 3.58 ERA. Four players who notched a start had an ERA under 3.00 and only five pitchers on the roster posted an ERA of 5.00-plus. Five relievers had an ERA below 2.50.

Who did you want up with the bases loaded?

Luis Cruz swatted .357 over the course of the year with the bases juiced while Drew Macias hit .333. Colt Morton proved his mettle with a .328 average with runners on base and Michael Johnson paced all regulars with a .333 mark with RISP.

Who should be on the bump with runners on base?

Bubba Nelson touted a .181 average against over 138 at bats with runners on. Jack Cassel did not allow a hit over seven times he faced the bases loaded. And starter Jared Wells held the opposition to a .179 average with RISP.

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