TigsTown MLN: 'Wolves Stay Red Hot

It hasn't been a great season for the Erie SeaWolves but they are currently the hottest team in the Eastern League. The 'Wolves completed a sweep of the Connecticut Defenders on Sunday, improving their winning streak to five games.

They are an impressive 26-12 since the all-star break and 17-5 in the month of August. The 'Wolves remain 14 ½ games behind and have no chance of making the playoffs with just over a week remaining in the season but they are currently only five games under .500. On July 23 the SeaWolves were a season worst 19 games under .500 after an 11-0 loss to the Binghamton Mets at Jerry Uht Park.

The starting pitchers have been outstanding recently and the offense is clicking on all cylinders. The 'Wolves led the league in numerous offensive categories back in April but they cooled off considerably before their recent tear. The Erie offense is back near the top in many offensive categories. They began Sunday second in the league with a .271 batting average, second in runs scored (686), first in triples (42), tied for first in home runs (130) and tied for first with 108 stolen bases.

Will Rhymes has made a smooth transition over to shortstop and he has been extremely hot at the plate. He is currently on a season high 10 game hitting streak that began back on August 14. In his last 10 games Rhymes is hitting .341 with six runs scored and two RBI. He struggled to get his average to .300 after a poor start to the season but he is now hitting .304 for the season. Rhymes is having an incredible month of August, hitting .375 during the month and he now leads the Eastern League in hits with 156.

Rhymes isn't the only Erie hitter that is streaking, Ryan Roberson and Deik Scram both have a seven game hitting streaks heading into the final week of the season. Roberson is second in the league with 23 home runs and he is fourth in the league with 78 RBI. Roberson has hit only one home run during his seven game hitting streak but he has seven RBI during that time span. Scram has nine hits in his last five games giving him 32 multi-hit games this season. Scram is hitting only .259 on the season but he has increased his power numbers over previous seasons with 13 home runs and 66 RBI.

The SeaWolves starting pitchers earned four of the five victories this week with Danny Christensen, Luke French, Luis Marte and Josh Rainwater all earned victories this week. Luke French has been the best pitcher on the staff since July and he lasted six innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs in a 3-2 SeaWolves victory Friday night against Connecticut. In his last seven starts French has allowed 41 hits and eight earned runs in 46 1/3 innings pitched.

Luis Marte had his best outing since returning off the DL on Saturday night in Connecticut. Marte lasted seven innings and allowed only five hits and one earned run in a 4-1 victory. The win was the fourth of the season for Marte and his fourth in his last five outings. Danny Christensen has been inconsistent since the all-star break but has really settled down lately. He has allowed only one earned run in each of his last three outings including a five hit seven strikeout performance in a 6-3 win at New Britain on Thursday. Josh Rainwater earned his team best 10th victory of the season on Sunday. Rainwater lasted 6 2/3 innings allowing five hits and three earned runs in the victory.

The Eastern League announced their season ending all-star team this week and SeaWolves outfielder Wilkin Ramirez was the only member of the team to be honored. Ramirez had a five game hitting streak end on Sunday and he is batting .308 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI for Erie. He has scored 70 runs and stolen 23 bases for the team. Ramirez was also one of five SeaWolves to be at the Eastern League all-star game back in July and he also played the Major League Baseball Futures game that was part of the leagues all-star festivities.

The 'Wolves completed the road portion of their schedule and will begin their final home stand of the season on Tuesday. They will welcome in the Harrisburg Senators for a three game series from Tuesday-Thursday and they will finish the season with a four game set against the Akron Aeros. The 'Wolves are 9-9 against Harrisburg this season and 9-10 against Akron. The 'Wolves will send Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 3.13 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday, Danny Christensen (7-8, 3.95 ERA) on Wednesday and Luke French (8-11, 3.83 ERA) will start on Thursday.

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