Toledo MLN: Player Losses Catching Up

While the Mud Hens had been riding high for recent weeks despite the player losses, at some point, it would get to be too much. That breaking point happened this past week, as the Mud Hens struggled to a 3-4 record as they lost even more players from the regular lineup.

The player losses continued as the team lost Wilkin Ramirez to a DFA (and eventual trade) and then the following day they lost Jeff Frazier to the big league club.

For those keeping score at home, the losses are substantial. Danny Worth, Will Rhymes and Brennan Boesch remain in Detroit along with Frazier, while Ramirez is gone from the organization, and Jeff Larish awaits his fate to see if he'll return to the organization or end up somewhere else as well.

All those players add up to losses of players with more than 1500 at-bats, 236 runs scored, 55 home runs, 97 doubles and 225 runs driven in.

All of those losses, coupled with what was thought to be two of their top hitters struggling (Casper Wells and Ryan Strieby), and it's no wonder the team wasn't able to keep up its hot hitting.

But despite that, the team still averaged 5.4 runs per game, helping keep them alive and in the game so long as the pitching cooperated. Which it did, at times.

Unfortunately, in four of the week's seven games, the team allowed at least seven runs, making it a challenge to find too many wins without a big showing at the plate.

Both Ryan Ketchner and Charlie Furbush had a mixed bag on the mound, with each having one strong start coupled with a shaky one.

Furbush on July 27th allowed seven runs in just four innings, but recovered from that that showing to earn his first International League win on Sunday, giving up just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.

Ketchner meanwhile turned in seven strong innings in his first start of the week, but gave up more runs (6) than innings pitched (4 2/3) in his second showing of the week, combining for a 5.40 ERA over the two showings.

Justin Henry wasn't hot down in Erie, but has been on a tear since being called up to Toledo in replacing Will Rhymes. Over his last ten games, he's hit .405 with five doubles and three walks, good for a .991 OPS. While Henry isn't the type of prospect that will wow many with his bat, he's had a good recovery season after a difficult 2009, posting solid splits in Erie, and continuing that success in Toledo.

Toledo is on the road once again, continuing a series with Gwinnett through Tuesday, before getting a much needed off day to rest. After that, they'll play a four game set against Charlotte before returning home to kick off an 11 game homestand next week.


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