Looking at the current Team Stats for the International league I’m seeing a trend starting. The Pigs are last or close to last in just about every offensive category.
A quick review: (14 teams)
Avg – 12th in league at .229
Hits – 13th in league with 120, only 3 hits above Norfolk
Doubles – Last with 20
Triples – Tied for 12th with 2
Home runs – Tied with 3 others for 8th in league with 8 HR
RBI – 12th with 52
Slugging Pct – Last with .321
Walks – Tied for last with 53
Strike outs – Lowest total in league with 96.
So the Pigs aren’t getting a high number of hits, RBI or big Homers (nod to Fox’s 25th anniversry special currently on my TV)
They aren’t getting many walks and they aren’t striking out too often.
If you’ve watched the games so far this season you see indicators of an aggressive approach at the plate. Many lines drives have been caught, many long fly balls have been caught. The Pigs have certainly been thwarted with incredible defense so far.
I’m also thinking (my opinion) that they could benefit from being more patient at the plate. Take more pitches and let those top notch pitchers raise the pitch counts and wear out. See more pitches, take the walk.. lean into one of those inside pitches. (Yeah, I know.. and I have taken a 90mph fastball in the ribs) Those opportunities to get on base are there they just need to be patient to get at them.
My thoughts.. what are yours?