“Leaving The West With Wins” –Pigs Return Home For Six: Full Home-Stand Preview

When we last saw the IronPigs, they were on their way West for their second road-trip of the season.  They had just completed an 8-game home-stand with two wins and six losses, but things were looking up for the hapless 6-16 squad:  A rejuvenated Phillippe Aumont had joined the rotation and secured one of the wins.  Chad Billingsley was to get the call back to the Majors for the first time in two years and left with a solid win under his belt.  Perhaps the long-trip West would be just what the team would need to turn things around.

Not so much.  The trip to Indianapolis for three games and Louisville for three games would finish Wednesday with a 2-6 record having been swept by the Indians and having lost the first of three in Louisville.  However, a record-setting hit-day on Tuesday led to a 12-1 win for our IronPigs behind the solid pitching of veteran Jason Berken.  David Buchanan returned to the IronPigs rotation on Wednesday, and also got the win.

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

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Lies, @#%! Lies, and Statistics

We know the IronPigs are bad.  How bad are they?  And, why?

The other day I was checking out at Wegman’s.  The checker noted my IronPigs gear and asked me if I attend many games.  After I replied that I do, she said, “Boy, they’re not very good, are they?  What do you think is wrong with them?”  Two hours later when I’d finished my list of the things the team is doing wrong, I began to wonder if I should narrow it down a bit.

Here are some interesting statistics that could be part of the story:

On the hitting side:

1st (out of 14 teams) in Hits

1st in doubles

6th in batting average

BUT:

11th in Home Runs

10th in Walks

11th in Slugging

10th in Runs Scored

*So, we can hit.  Just not very hard and not often enough to score runs.  We’re not drawing near as many walks as we’re giving up.  

Just look on the pitching side:

10th best in overall ERA

1st in most Walks

1st in most Hits

2nd in most Runs

14th (last) in WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched)

*And then after we can’t draw walks or score runs, we give up the most hits and the most walks and the second-most runs!  It’s a wonder we’ve won the games we have, so far!

So it was good to see a few HRs and some RBI the last few days.  Perhaps the bats are heating up at the right time–as far as timely hitting and slugging.  Some of this stuff should stabilize after a time–then if we can get some better pitching we’ll be winning like crazy!

(Yes, I’m using “we” above.  These losses are hurting me and I’m take them personally.  I’ll stop.  I understand I did very little to contribute to the losses.  Or, the wins, for that matter.)

Standings

(5/7/2015)

International League North
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 18 10 .643 9-5 9-5 7-3 W3
Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 15 11 .577 2.0 116 8-4 7-7 6-4 L2
Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 15 12 .556 2.5 115 9-6 6-6 3-7 L3
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 13 14 .481 4.5 113 7-9 6-5 5-5 W1
Syracuse Chiefs (WSH) 11 16 .407 6.5 111 6-7 5-9 5-5 L1
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 8 20 .286 10.0 107 5-10 3-10 3-7 W2
International League South
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Durham Bulls (TB) 17 11 .607 8-5 9-6 8-2 W4
Charlotte Knights (CWS) 14 12 .538 2.0 116 9-6 5-6 4-6 L4
Norfolk Tides (BAL) 14 13 .519 2.5 115 3-5 11-8 5-5 W1
Gwinnett Braves (ATL) 12 14 .462 4.0 114 8-7 4-7 7-3 L1
International League West
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 17 11 .607 10-7 7-4 7-3 W2
Columbus Clippers (CLE) 14 13 .519 2.5 115 9-2 5-11 4-6 W3
Louisville Bats (CIN) 11 16 .407 5.5 112 5-8 6-8 5-5 L2
Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 10 16 .385 6.0 112 4-8 6-8 2-8 L6

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Billingsley on rehab. - Cheryl Pursell

Billingsley on rehab. – Cheryl Pursell

Players and Roster News

Darin Mastroianni was traded to the Washington Nationals organization earlier this week in exchange for cash or future considerations.  It appears he’s been assigned to Syracuse.

Chad Billingsley completed his rehabilitation time with the IronPigs and was added to the Phillies.  He pitched Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Elvis Araujo, a big left-handed reliever from Reading, was added to the Phillies as well.  Perhaps he’ll come to the IronPigs when (if?) he returns to the minors.  He may be optioned when Sean O’Sullivan is activated from the DL, in time to start on Tuesday.

David Buchanan was optioned back to the IronPigs and has joined the rotation.  He was the winning pitcher Wednesday night.

Severino Gonzalez was optioned back to the IronPigs as well.  He hasn’t officially joined the roster as of this writing, but is scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

LHP Joely Rodriguez has been struggling with yielding too many walks and hits.  He’s not scheduled to start any of the upcoming games and his status is unknown at this time.  He could be working out of the bull-pen–hopefully there’s not a health issue.

brian bogusevic WHO’S HOT:  

OF Brian Bogusevic is on fire, and starting to hit for power as well.  Bogey had two home runs on the road trip and his average is up to .347 and his OPS is up to .888  –Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!

RHP Jason Berken started with a rocky IronPigs debut, but the AAA veteran has been good as both a reliever and a starter ever since.  His record is now 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last four outings.

1B Chris McGuiness is hitting .423 in his last 8 games, including four doubles.  His average is up to .294 overall.

OF Domonic Brown has hit safely in six of his last seven games.  His average is up to .232 following the road trip.

RHP Seth Rosin hasn’t yielded a run in his last 10.2 innings pitched.

LHP Nick Hill has stranded 4 of the 5 runners he’s inherited, and has not allowed a run in his last 5 innings.

LHP Cesar Jimenez has been doing better:  He hasn’t allowed a run in his last five innings.  Plus, he’s the team’s all-time ERA leader at 2.44 (Brian Gordon 2.50–among qualifiers).

Duran - Cheryl Pursell

Duran – Cheryl Pursell

WHO’S COLD:

SS Edgar Duran is hitting .149 in 67 at-bats over 22 games. C Tommy Joseph is hitting .138 in 65 at-bats over 16 games. ..

Greg Smith.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Greg Smith. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Home Stand

The G-Braves are in town for a weekend series, followed by three with the Columbus Clippers.  We’ll come back to Columbus later in the weekend, but for now here are some notes on Gwinnett:

The G-Braves are in last place in the International League South with a record of  13-14 after beating the RailRiders last night in Moosic.  They come in following a three-game series with the RailRiders taking 2 of 3 to bring their ‘Last 10’ to 7-3.

Here are some names you might recognize:

Manny Banuelos is the lefty prospect who came up with the Yankees and whom we’ve faced with Scranton.

Greg Smith is our old friend from the past two seasons–still slinging it from the southpaw side.  I’m sure his wife is now adding Braves jerseys to the collection.

Chien-Ming Wang has been kicking around the IL for some time now–we’ve faced him many times in the past.

Prospects on the team include #1 prospect 2B Jose Peraza.

 

Day-by-day outlook for the home stand:

Friday May 8

Probable Pitchers:  Phillippe Aumont versus LHP Manny Banuelos

Game Time and Weather:  7:05PM; H84/Sun

What’s Going On At The Park?  STAR WARS NIGHT:  Jersey Auction and Theme’d Post-Game Fireworks han solo star wars jersey auction

Saturday May 9

Probable Pitchers:  Adam Morgan versus RHP Williams Perez

Game Time and Weather:  6:35PM; H82/Sun

What’s Going On At The Park?  More post-game FIREWORKS!  Plus, post-game “trough” party with live music!

Sunday May 10

Probable Pitchers:  Severino Gonzalez versus RHP Matt Wisler

Game Time and Weather:  1:35PM; H86/Sun

What’s Going On At The Park?  MOTHER’S DAY!  Moms run the bases with the kiddos after the game.  Stemless wine glass for adult women.  “Pampering at the park” with Gildan (manicures?).  There’s also a special brunch available.  Click here for more details.  It’s a cool idea, but not worth it if you’ve already got a bunch of club-level tickets.

**Pre-and Post-game NoiseNation Tailgate parties are planned.  Please monitor Twitter, Text, and the Blog for details.**

Monday May 11

Probable Pitchers:  Jason Berken versus TBA (Columbus)

Game Time and Weather:  7:05PM; H85/Sun

What’s Going On At The Park?  Kenny Giles “100 Miles” Bobblehead (mine only goes to 93…); Bark In The Park Dog Day #2.

AUTOGRAPHS:  OF Jordan Danks and RHP Phillippe Aumont are scheduled to be at the Monday Autograph Table from 6:00PM to 6:20PM.  Of course, player availability is always subject to change. Giles Bobble

Tuesday May 12

Probable Pitchers:  David Buchanan versus TBA (Columbus)

Game Time and Weather:  7:05PM; H87/Thunderstorms

What’s Going On At The Park?  T-Shirt Tuesday and Irish Heritage Night with Irish-themed T-Shirts for adults.

Wednesday May 13

Probable Pitchers:  Phillippe Aumont versus TBA (Columbus)

Game Time and Weather:  10:35AM; H72/Sun

What’s Going On At The Park?  Education Day #3:  If anyone needs a club-level ticket to get away from the kiddos, let me know.

OK, I’ll see you at the park–planning to be at all the games this home stand, and the weather looks promising!

@Kram209



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