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Columnist and PodCast Host for the Award Winning Horn and Bell Blog from the NoiseNation. Follow @Kram209 for news about the IronPigs, Phantoms, and SteelHawks. Also news about the Velodrome and RollerGirls.

Cops and Robbers? Nope. Police and Firefighters!

Uniforms for the Police and Firefighters Night.  Photo credit:  IronPigs

Uniforms for the Police and Firefighters Night. Photo credit: IronPigs

The police and firefighters will hold an exhibition softball game prior to the IronPigs contest on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 4PM.  In addition, the IronPigs and Red Sox will wear the uniforms pictured here, all to be auctioned off for charity following the game.  It appears only the IronPigs jerseys will be autographed.  We’ll continue to follow up on that issue–but it sounds like a great deal of fun.  And, I imagine if, say, Jimmy Murphy or another ‘Pigs player gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation (real or imagined) they might be able to get out of it by volunteering to play in this softball game.  Either that, or I watch too much TV.  It’s a great thing, though.  Read the entire media announcement below:

Full Jersey Artwork from the IronPigs for the 4/26/2014 game.

Full Jersey Artwork from the IronPigs for the 4/26/2014 game.


90-minute Softball Game to Be Followed by IronPigs Game at 6:35 p.m.


(Allentown, Pa.) – The Allentown Police and Fire Departments will square off in a 90-minute softball game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, as the IronPigs pay tribute to local police, fire and EMS personnel with a very special, promotion-stuffed Heroes Night at Coca-Cola Park.  Both the IronPigs and Pawtucket Red Sox will join in on the festivities during their 6:35 p.m. game that night by donning unique specialty jerseys that promote local Police and Fire Departments.

All gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, but fans are reminded that they must have a ticket to the IronPigs-Red Sox game to gain admittance to Coca-Cola Park for the earlier softball contest.

“We truly hope that this becomes an annual tradition at Coca-Cola Park,” exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to local police, fire, EMS and emergency personnel in the Lehigh Valley that keep our community safe.”

The specialty jerseys will be auctioned off during that night’s game with proceeds benefitting Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and IronPigs Charities.

Heroes Night will also allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed prior to the game by the Allentown Police.

As an added bonus to all fans in attendance on Heroes Night, there will be a special post-game fireworks show featuring patriotic music presented by Lehigh Carbon Community College.

IronPigs and Red Sox fans can bid on their favorite player’s jerseys from anywhere with the easy-to-use Qtego service that allows fans to place bids, receive notifications when outbid and check the status of their item via text messages on their mobile phones.  Fans without texting access can even call in their bid after registering their phone at Coca-Cola Park.

Register your phone from anywhere in the U.S. by texting “Pigs” to 79230. Detailed instructions on how to place your bid will be made available at on April 25.

Winning bidders of the IronPigs home jerseys will have the opportunity to go on the field immediately following the game to have their jersey autographed. Please note that the on-field jersey signing will only occur with the home team jerseys. Bidders not in attendance at Coca-Cola Park can either pick up their signed jersey at a later date or have it mailed directly to them.


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Pitching Staff Cold in the North Country

The Syracuse Seats.  Photo Courtesy Barry Enright Twitter: @BarryEnright45

The Syracuse Seats. Photo Courtesy Barry Enright Twitter: @BarryEnright45

From Yesterday Afternoon:

For once, it seemed like the bats wouldn’t be a problem.  As the hitting lament was being discussed in section 209 last weekend, I remarked that “we” were lucky to have won the 3 (at the time) games that “we” had.  Hitting in general, and hitting with men on base had been a problem, but the pitching staff had been relatively solid:  starters keeping us close, and relievers keeping us in it–and, picking up the extra innings due to all the rain-outs.

Yesterday, it wasn’t to be.  David Buchanan was staked a 4-0 lead in the first inning–even helping himself to an infield single to flip the order.  However, he allowed 6 hits and 5 walks to keep the Chiefs alive.  It could have been worse, too, as Jimmy Murphy started a 3-6-3 double play to extract him from a first and third situation, and added a solo homer to extend the lead to 5-3 going into the sixth inning.  Cesar Jimenez made quick work of the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth.

Enter Phillipe Aumont.  With the ‘Pigs still leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh–a save situation–Phillippe quickly struck out the first batter on three pitches.  The second batter grounded out to third baseman Maikel Franco.  But, the next guy walks on four pitches.  Phillippe recovered to get a ground ball, but second baseman Ronny Cedeno couldn’t handle it after getting screened by the umpire.  Another walk, and the bases are loaded.

To be fair, he should have been out of that inning.  But, that’s baseball.  And walks aren’t going to help you–especially the four pitch variety.  Add in the reputation factor, as the radio broadcast seemed to indicate that Aumont and Horst following him weren’t getting any help from the home plate umpire.

Horst replaced Aumont with the bases loaded and a two-run lead.  A nice move by Brundage I opined on Twitter–last year I think he would have left Phillippe out there to dry.  And, perhaps he should have.  Horst walked in a run (couldn’t get a call) and allowed another on a wild pitch.  Game tied.  In the next inning he allowed a triple and a sac fly to lose it.

Tyler Henson had some adventures in left field.  Earlier in the game he mis-judged a liner which the TV crew said was right at him, only to have it go over his head for a double.  On the triple, Henson attempted to make a diving catch only to have the ball get by him and roll all  the way to the wall.  He’ll get better as he gets more outfield time.

Franco had a multi-hit game for the first time in AAA.  His first hit was of the infield variety–placed to the deep side of SS where no throw could be made.  However, his second was a good solid low-liner through the same hole.  It’s good to see the good contact from the youngster; we’ll hope to see him build on it today.

Tyson Gillies got the start in center, which I was happy to see.  I’m not so worried about the 0-for-5 as I am disappointed to see Clete Thomas on the bench; he’s been one of our most reliable bats.  Hopefully they can both get work in games to come.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tyson Gillies CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Tyler Henson LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .212
Maikel Franco 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .133
Jim Murphy 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .238
Leandro Castro RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .129
    Jeremy Horst P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Reid Brignac SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .216
Koyie Hill C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .286
Ronny Cedeno 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .176
David Buchanan P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
    a- Steve Susdorf PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .107
    Cesar Jimenez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Phillippe Aumont P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Clete Thomas RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
Totals 38 5 10 1 0 1 5 2 5 .195
a-Singled for Buchanan, D in the 6th.
2B: Henson (3, Rosenbaum).
HR: Murphy, Ji (1, 7th inning off Garcia, C, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Murphy, Ji 4; Cedeno, R 2; Henson 2; Hill, K; Brignac; Buchanan, D; Susdorf; Franco 2.
RBI: Brignac 2 (4), Hill, K (3), Cedeno, R (3), Murphy, Ji (3).
2-out RBI: Brignac 2; Hill, K; Cedeno, R; Murphy, Ji.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gillies 3; Castro, L.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
DP: (Murphy, Ji-Brignac-Murphy, Ji).
Pickoffs: Buchanan, D (Goodwin at 1st base).
Syracuse Chiefs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Eury Perez RF 5 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .220
Emmanuel Burriss SS 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .286
Will Rhymes 2B 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .257
Brock Peterson 1B 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .214
Brandon Laird 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 .231
Brian Goodwin CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 .229
Jeff Howell C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .083
Erik Komatsu LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .077
Danny Rosenbaum P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
    Xavier Cedeno P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a- Josh Johnson PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Christian Garcia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    b- Jose Lozada PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
    Ryan Mattheus P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 6 8 1 1 0 5 9 4 .230
a-Grounded out for Cedeno, X in the 6th. b-Popped out for Garcia, C in the 8th.
2B: Laird (2, Buchanan, D).
3B: Perez, E (1, Horst).
TB: Laird 2; Goodwin; Peterson 2; Perez, E 4; Rhymes; Komatsu.
RBI: Laird 2 (2), Goodwin 2 (3), Burriss (2).
2-out RBI: Goodwin 2; Laird.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Howell; Perez, E; Goodwin; Komatsu 2.
SAC: Rosenbaum.
SF: Laird; Burriss.
GIDP: Burriss.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
PO: Goodwin (1st base by Buchanan, D).FIELDING
E: Burriss (3, fielding).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
David Buchanan 5.0 6 3 3 5 2 0 2.65
Cesar Jimenez (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.35
Phillippe Aumont (H, 1) 0.2 1 2 2 2 1 0 5.40
Jeremy Horst (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1.1 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.18
Totals 8.0 8 6 6 9 4 0 4.32
Syracuse Chiefs
Danny Rosenbaum 5.2 8 4 4 1 1 0 4.15
Xavier Cedeno 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Christian Garcia (W, 1-0) 2.0 2 1 1 0 3 1 1.29
Ryan Mattheus (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.50
Totals 9.0 10 5 5 2 5 1 3.54
WP: Horst.
Pitches-strikes: Buchanan, D 95-58, Jimenez, C 15-9, Aumont 24-11, Horst 32-15, Rosenbaum 93-63, Cedeno, X 7-5, Garcia, C 29-20, Mattheus 12-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buchanan, D 7-3, Jimenez, C 2-1, Aumont 1-0, Horst 1-1, Rosenbaum 7-7, Cedeno, X 1-0, Garcia, C 3-0, Mattheus 2-0.
Batters faced: Buchanan, D 24, Jimenez, C 3, Aumont 5, Horst 7, Rosenbaum 27, Cedeno, X 1, Garcia, C 8, Mattheus 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Horst 3-2, Cedeno, X 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ian Fazio. 1B: Brian De Brauwere. 3B: Chad Whitson.
Weather: 35 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:51.
Att: 532.
Venue: NBT Bank Stadium.
April 16, 2014

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Injury Update: Hamels, Ruf, Martin and More

Ruf, from Spring Training.  Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

Ruf, from Spring Training. Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

Here are some tidbits from beat reports earlier today:

Cole Hamels:  Should make one more rehab start in Clearwater tomorrow (Thursday), and then should be ready to join the Phillies next week in Los Angeles.

Darin Ruf:  Starting baseball activities; could be ready for rehab assignment soon.

Ethan Martin: Throwing bullpens; could be ready for rehab assignment soon.  The assumption is still that he’ll be coming back as a reliever.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez:  Throwing, but not off the mound as of yet.  Still early in the process.

Cameron Rupp and Andres Blanco:  They won’t rush oblique strains.  Figure on three to four weeks.

Brad Lincoln:  Is being stretched out–but more to work on things rather than to become a starter.

Adam Loewen:  The pitcher-turned-outfielder was signed by the Phillies and assigned to extended spring training.  He played 115 games for New Hampshire last season .269/.358/.439, 15 HR.



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The Bullpen Report: Taking Stock of the Phillies’ Relievers

Seth Rosin - Cheryl Pursell

Seth Rosin – Cheryl Pursell

Kram, along with the brokerage firm of Drinkem, Many, Beers, is prepared to offer the following market recommendations for relievers at the upper end of the Phillies’ system for the investment term of the 2014 baseball season.  Build your portfolio carefully.  As always, past performance is no guarantee of future success, and initial offering price (ie contract salary) is irrelevant at this point.

Jonathan Papelbon: HOLD (weak)   He needs to learn that he can’t blow a 91mph fastball by hitters like he could when he threw 95-96.  But, he’s been there.  The moment won’t be too big for him–as long as his teammates don’t kill him first.

Antonio Bastardo: SELL (weak)     Confidence is waning in his ability to limit walks and get RH batters out.  The firm recommends taking profits now to prevent further loss.  A HOLD rating could be justified.

Jake Diekman: BUY (strong)     There is some concern in the market that his arm may fall off, if over-use continues.  He can’t get sloppy against RH batters (leaving the off-speed stuff up, too many FB in a row).  However, we predict excellent future performance.

Mario Hollands: BUY (weak)     His stock continues to rise despite questions about his ability to sustain success.  He has the confidence of the coaches and the manager.  Even if he spends time with the IronPigs, he should be back up with the Phillies when needed.

Mike Adams: SELL (strong)     Market watchers weren’t impressed with the way he gacked up the game in Allentown the other day.  It takes some careful pitching to have bullpen success with an 88mph fastball.  We’re not hopeful.  Sell now.  Sell it all.

Jeff Manship: HOLD (strong)     It’s hard to know exactly what role they want him to fill at this point.  He may end up starting games for the IronPigs at some point.  He could end up with another team fund if he doesn’t pass through waivers.  The recommendation is to hold at this juncture.

BJ Rosenberg: HOLD (strong)   His stuff can be filthy and nasty, but not when used three nights in a row.  Does play up as a reliever at this point.  Sit tight for now.

Phillippe Aumont: BUY (weak)     He’s working on some things.  Will he get it?  Can he sustain it?  Unknown.  Price is at an all-time low–buy now.  But watch carefully and don’t get in over your head.  Volatile.

Shawn Camp: BUY (weak)     He’s been all but forgotten in the Philadelphia market, it seems.  However, the veteran does know how to relieve with the 88mph burner.  A good addition to the portfolio in small quantities, at this juncture.

Justin De Fratus: BUY (strong)     Pay no attention to the demotion to Lehigh Valley.  He’ll be back, and he’ll be key for the success of the Phillies.  Buy now.  Excellent value.  Blue-chip quality.

Luis Garcia: BUY (strong)     The Phillies have shown confidence already.  He could be a key piece at any time.  Buy, buy, buy.

Jeremy Horst: BUY (weak)     Has looked strong and consistent lately.  He could be a candidate to return to the Majors if needed.  Needs to stay healthy.  Watch closely.  Another volatile offering.

Cesar Jimenez: BUY (weak)    A lefty who has the ability to go multiple innings.  Worth adding if needed.  Has performed well lately.  Worthwhile addition in small quantities, for diversification.

Brad Lincoln: HOLD (weak)     Currently being stretched out.  For what?  Outlook is cloudy.  Has pitched well recently for the IronPigs.  Still has value at this point, but could also be another volatile offering.

Seth Rosin: BUY (strong)     Once he settles in and gets regular work, he should continue to improve.  Buy now.

Kyle Simon: SELL (weak)     Has under-performed thus far.  Reducing exposure here could be a good strategy.

Mike Nesseth: SELL (weak)     Reduce exposure, but could be a nice position to have in small quantities.  Should be back with Lehigh Valley later.  Got hit around pretty good, and didn’t get any favors from his defense.

Ken Giles: BUY (weak)     Giles’ stock may be over-valued in the Philadelphia market at this time.  It continues to rise, so a buy rating remains.  However, expect market correction here at some point.  He needs to continue to improve command of that 100mph heater, and confidence in his secondary offering(s).  The move to AAA or the Majors could incite a sell-off in some markets.

Jay Johnson: BUY (weak)     The lefty is undervalued at this point.  A good investment.  Expect to see him at AAA again this season.  We’ll see where he goes from there, though.

Tyler Knigge: HOLD (weak)     Under-performing at this point.  Outlook is hazy.  Monitor your position and limit exposure here.

Brody Colvin: HOLD (weak)     The stuff looked good at the 222 game, but command continues to be an issue.  Recent word was that he may start some games.  Watch carefully.

OTC Stocks:  Stock in the following is available at minimal investment.  Aggressive investors may wish to risk a portion of their portfolio in shares which stand to appreciate:

Austin Wright, Luis Paulino, Justin Friend, Ethan Martin

Friend can still get guys out at the AA and AAA level.  He may trade in another market (read: Independent League) for a while, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s back in affiliated ball quickly.  Martin’s stock isn’t trading at all right now, but may be available later this season.  An aggressive position there may be rewarding.



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Saturday Night’s All Right!

Now that you’ve seen the roster moves today–mostly as predicted–a couple other news and notes.

Roster Notes:  Sad to see Friend go.  I imagine he’ll be back, but with Neris’ success of late, he deserves to be here as well.  As of this moment, the Phillies have not made a corresponding move for Pettibone.

Rehab Notes:  Mike Adams will be doing a rehab tonight.  Rehabbing relievers often get their work in early–don’t be surprised if Adams either starts the first game or appears quickly.  Anything could happen, but that’s what usually happens.

Game Notes:  Doubleheader tonight to make up for the rain out last night.  I didn’t follow my advanced strategies  because (a) I wanted the magnet schedule and (b) I wanted to use my stadium credit.  Otherwise I likely would have stayed home.  Especially when I saw that the lights weren’t on (they did turn them on around 7–looked like there might be a break in the radar there for a minute…)  As Cheryl asked on Twitter:  I wonder if they’ll wear the Friday Blacks for one of the games tonight?  Second game, I’d think…when it’s dark?  Just guessing.   Andy Tracy cup giveaway tonight.  All gates: 4:30PM.

Sunday:  Normal 1:35PM start, and a getaway day for the players.  Should see the Sunday Powder Blues again, along with the new hats.  They do look sharp.  I may debut my Sunday authentic, as well.  Fleece Blanket giveaway.  Also, possibility of POST-GAME TAILGATE.  May gather after the game for some burgers and sausages.  Come say hello, won’t you?  Aiming for back corner of upper lot. Follow Twitter for further updates.  (@Kram209)

SteelHawks Notes:  Congrats to them on the hard-fought victory last night.  Good defense and a veteran QB seem to be the keys for them at this juncture.  Next home game is 4/26.  (conflict with IronPigs for those of us who do both…)

Go Pigs!  Hopefully we can send them up to Syracuse with a few wins.  And hopefully they’ll return from SWB, then, with a few more!

See you at the park,


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IronPigs Roster Update: A Plane From Texas, A Town Car to Harrisburg, and the Rent is Paid in Clearwater

A couple significant roster happenings this afternoon:

  1. Tyson Gillies Activated From IronPigs Inactive List:  He was assigned to Clearwater.  If he paid the rent on his place down there through the end of April, it looks like the right decision.  Keep that hammy warm, and we’ll see you in a bit.
  2. Freddie Galvis Activated From Philadelphia DL:  To make room, Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Reading.  He’ll need a ride to Harrisburg to meet the team there.  Reading will have to make a corresponding roster move when he reports.  Why to Reading?  To play center field again?  Perhaps.  More likely he’ll see time at SS and 3B.  And, that spot in the IronPigs roster really isn’t available because:
  3. RHP Seth Rosin Returned from Texas (via LA Dodgers):  The rule-5 selection was assigned to AAA Lehigh Valley.  Hopefully, he’ll make it here to help out with the ‘pen game scheduled for tomorrow as Pettibone will be making his start in Philadelphia.  We should get someone back in exchange, although he may not report right away.  De Fratus? Hollands?  They are the ones with options left, unless they’re ready to DFA Rosenberg or Lincoln.  Hopefully not a double-header tomorrow (rain in the forecast tonight), although that’s technically less innings over the two day period, if you want to think of it that way.  I doubt double bill on Sunday as it’s get-away day.

One other thing:  The lineup tonight is juggled a bit, if it actually comes off this way (again, rain):

Thomas CF

Brignac 2B

Franco 3B

Murphy 1B

Hill C

Susdorf RF

Cedeno SS

Castro LF

Blanco DH


Rupp gets the night off.  Brignac up in the order, Cedeno down.  Not a bad start, I’d say…




….going to use my ballpark credit regardless!

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Is It Time To Shake Things Up?

Franco, Courtesy Cheryl Pursell

Franco, Courtesy Cheryl Pursell

The Pigs aren’t hitting.  It happens.  There could be a variety of explanations and excuses, but it’s the way it is.  This post isn’t to postulate about the cold weather or the left-handed pitchers or any of the like.  I feel like the Pigs’ pitching has been serviceable.  Other than Kyle Simon’s debut in the rain in Pawtucket and the normal Phillippe Aumont adventures, the Pigs have been in games.

But they’re not hitting–especially with runners on base.  The approach at the plate has been good, resulting in walks and base runners.  They just haven’t been able to capitalize.  I know, it will come.  There are established hitters on this team who will produce.  I remember really slow starts from veteran guys like Kevin Frandsen and Pete Orr in recent years.  I know Steve Susdorf knows how to hit–and he’ll be fine.  Young Maikel Franco will adjust to the level and produce.  It’s just going to take some time, perhaps.

But that time could cost the Pigs some games.  Games that could mean the difference between post-season play or not come September.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Extra Batting Practice:  My normal M.O. in these types of situations is to work harder.  And, hard work never hurt anyone, right?  So lets go.  Cage work.  Tee work.  Get out there early.  Let’s do this!
  2. Cancel Batting Practice:  When things aren’t going well, guys will press.  I remember Pete Orr saying last season of his slow start, that he was trying to hit TWO home runs every at-bat.  I remember another guy saying he was squeezing the bat so hard, he was trying to turn it into sawdust.  Maybe back off.  Cancel BP, and relax.  White out all the averages on the score sheet and pretend you’re starting fresh.
  3. Juggle the Order:  Let’s not get too comfortable with the current failing positions.  I know Brundy has been moving some pieces in and out and up and down just a bit, but let’s get crazy for a game or two:

Clete Thomas:  He’s been doing fine in the lead-off spot, and I wouldn’t move him.

Ronny Cedeno:  He’s a veteran guy, and I feel like he gets this spot as a sort of “veteran courtesy” in order to accumulate at-bats before he opts-out or gets called up or whatever will eventually happen.  However, in 89 MLB games last season Cedeno hit .242–whereas he hit .125 and .152 as a minor leaguer in 2013 and 2012 respectively.  Oh, he didn’t play that many games there, but let’s drop him in the order for a few days and see if we can kick-start him.

Maikel Franco:  He’ll be hitting here regularly to get the experience–just like Asche did last season.  But again, it won’t cost him that many at-bats to drop him down for a few days or a week and take some pressure off.  Just like with Cedeno, put him back up after he’s had a change of scenery for a few games.

Rupp and Murphy:  Rupp started on fire, and has cooled.  Murphy’s been solid.  The two big righty-s have been back to back a couple times recently with LHP opposing starters.  Leave one of them at four, and drop the other to 7 or 8 to split them up for a time.  Switch them the opposite nights.

Brignac and Susdorf:  Put their left-handed bats in spots to protect the big right handers.

Castro:  Give him a night or two off.  Then challenge him by letting him hit higher in the order.

Henson:  The success hasn’t always been there, but he’s been playing really hard.  Move him up for a few games.

Kram’s “Shake It Up” order number 1:

Thomas CF

Henson LF

Susdorf RF

Murphy 1B

Brignac 2B

Franco 3B

Cedeno SS

Rupp C

Blanco/Hanzawa DH

Kram’s “Shake It Up” order number 2:

Thomas CF

Castro LF

Brignac 2B

Rupp C

Susdorf RF

Cedeno DH

Franco 3B

Murphy 1B

Blanco SS

Oh, I know those aren’t great or perfect lineups.  But, just an idea for something to shake things loose before the losses start to pile up too high.

And, things may shake a bit more organically if the rosters fluctuates.  Pettibone should be joining the big team today in advance of his start tomorrow.  Galvis could be activated as soon as today.  Adams will rehab with the Pigs tomorrow.  Gillies is now with Clearwater.  Look for some new faces; that may be enough to shake things up without my crazy lineups.

See you at the park,

(does the anti-rain dance)



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