Erie MLN: Up and Down Start for the 'Wolves

The Erie SeaWolves have already experienced a great deal of ups and downs in the first week of the 2012 season. The SeaWolves season began with three games on the road versus the Altoona Curve followed by three road games against the Binghamton Mets. During this stretch the club won just one game versus Altoona and split two games against Binghamton.

Batting Inconsistencies

Hitting inconsistencies have led to the up and down start of the season for the SeaWolves. When the SeaWolves bats have been hot, the team has been red hot. In the SeaWolves two victories they have outscored their opponent 18 to 2 and out hit their opponents 24 to 10.

However, in their three losses the club has been outscored 19 to 6. The inconsistent bats have caused for limited run production and been a major factor in the team's 2-3 start.

Two hitters who have really shined during the first week of the season are Rawley Bishop and Niuman Romero. Playing in every game thus far, Bishop and Romero have both had the bats cracking by combining for 10 of the team's 24 hits resulting in 5 RBIs between the two players.

On the Mound

Erie's inconsistent bats have not been the only erratic aspect of the SeaWolves game so far this season. At this point in the early season the pitching for the club has varied from being spot on to downright dismal.

The starting pitching of Jared Wesson and James Avery helped lead the club to its only two victories of the season. Wesson silenced the Altoona bats in his 2012 debut by allowing only one earned run and two walks in five innings of work on April 7th, while James Avery allowed only three hits in five innings during the SeaWolves 8-1 victory over Binghamton on April 10th.

Other starting pitchers for club have not fared so well in their 2012 debut outings. Jay Voss gave up eight hits and five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in a losing effort against Altoona this past Thursday. Zack Segovia and Ramon Garcia also started for Erie in losing efforts this week resulting in an ERA of 5.79 for Segovia and 12.00 for Garcia.

Righting the Ship

Erie looks to improve upon its 2-3 start by beginning a seven game homestand tonight at Jerry Uht Park against the Bowie Baysox. The SeaWolves will host the Baysox for four games followed by a three game series against the Trenton Thunder. Going into the homestand Erie looks to recover from a shaky season start and to improve upon its 5th place division standing.

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