Lehigh Valley continues playing well, with a 4-2 record since the last report and remain atop the Northern Division of the International League at 36-22, five games ahead of 2nd place Scranton. The ‘Pigs began a seven game home stand against Durham and Louisville on Tuesday, a home stand that runs through next Tuesday, before hitting the road for Pawtucket.
Leaders: Hitting: Jeff Larish is 3rd in homers (12) and 7th in slg (.534); Erik Kratz is tied for 8th in homers (10); Delwyn Young is 6th in strikeouts (57); Rich Thompson is 2nd in stolen bases (18) and ninth in OBP (.386).
Pitching: Brian Gordon is 5th in Wins (5), leads the league in ERA (0.74) and leads the league in WHIP (0.78); Nate Bump is tied for 3rd in losses (6),4th in hits allowed (79); has the 4th worst WHIP (1.66) and has the 4th worst ERA (6.59); Mike Zagurski is 3rd in saves (10); Ryan Feireabend is 2nd in homers allowed (13) and has the 6th worst ERA (6.39)
Infield: Jeff Larish is hitting .387 with 4 HR and 12 RBI over his last 8 games after hitting just .136 in his previous 15 games. He is starting to become the power force that Lehigh Valley needs at 1B, now standing at .259/.338/.534 on the season with 12 HR and 31 RBI. Larish is hitting .265 with RISP and striking out at a 27% clip.
Josh Barfield is 4-19 over his last 6 games, but still is hitting .339 over the last 18 games, helping lead an improving offense. Since May 1, he is hitting .330. On the year, Barfield, who continues to play regularly at 2B is at .273/.315/.399 with 4 HR and 25 RBI. He has stolen 6 bases in 12 attempts. Barfield has struggled with RISP, hitting just .211.
Brian Bocock is struggling offensively, hitting just .121 over the last 10 games. He continues to play every day because of his excellent defense. On the year, Bocock is at .223/.270/268 with 1 HR and 14 RBI. He does continue to hit in the clutch, at a rate of .307 dating back to June of last year.
Pete Orr came out of an 0-18 slump on Sunday with a hit but has been struggling as of late. He has made starts at 3B, 2B and SS since joining the ‘Pigs. In his 54 AB’s, Orr is hitting .222/.250/.315 with 1 HR 4 RBI and 3 SB’s.
Bullpen: Eddie Bonine was placed on the DL on 6/2 with an elbow strain.
Drew Carpenter is unscored upon in seven of his last 8 outings, giving up just 1 earned run in 12 innings during that span. As a reliever this year, he is 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 34.1 IP. He simply is throwing with much more confidence.
Chance Chapman is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his last seven outings. He remains the long man in the Lehigh Valley bullpen. On the year, 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 14 games. His WHIP is high at 1.41 and the opposition is hitting .350 with RISP this year.
Scott Mathieson has a combined scoreless streak of 14.2 IP when you combine his two most recent Phillies outings with Lehigh Valley. Over his last 8 outings for the ‘Pigs, Mathieson has given up just one earned run in 15 innings, earned three saves and struck out 13. The opposition is hitting just .161 with RISP on him.
Juan Perez has great stuff, he just doesn’t know where it is going at times. He has allowed 0 ER in his last 7 games, but has walked 6 in 6.2 innings. In his last 14 games, Perez has walked 14 in 14.1 innings. He needs to gain control before he can be considered to be truly effective.
Michael Schwimer has simply been dominant. In his last 15 games, Schwimer is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA. In 22.2 innings during that span, he has allowed just 9 hits and struck out 34, a rate of 13.5 K/9. Right handed hitters are hitting just .120 against him, while the opposition is at .143 with RISP. EVen though not on the 40 man, I can’t imagine if this continues he lasts the whole year without a major league callup.
Mike Zagurski returned to Lehigh Valley from his most recent callup on June 4. Going back to 2010, Zagurski has allowed just 2 earned runs in his last 24 games (23.2 innings). He has struck out 37 during that time frame. The opposition is hitting .083 with RISP against him. You can’t tell me he isn’t a better option than JC ROmero at this stage.
Notes: Throught the first 58 games, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is 15-5 with a 2.34 ERA and has struck out 241 in 211 innings.
–Jeff Larish was named IL Player of the Week for the Week ending June5 after hitting .478 with 4 HR and 12 rbi on the week.
–Lehigh Valley has either won or tied their last 11 series. Pretty nice work!!
–Brian Gordon currently has a scoreless streak spanning 15 innings.
–No member of the ‘Pigs has more than one pinch hit.
Transactions: Eddie Bonine was placed on the DL with a right elbow strain. Les Walrond came up from Reading (6/2) and then took RT 222 back down (6/7). Rich Thompson was placed on the DL with “flu like symptoms” to make room for John Mayberry Jr. I do believe I saw Thompson sneezing. David Herndon was called up to Philly on Sunday. To make room, Mike Zagurski returned to Allentown.
Ronnie Belliard has really struggled during the month of May and early June, hitting just .180 over his last 20 games. On the year, .253/.312/.355 with 3 HR 22 RBI and 3 SB’s. Hitting just .217 with RISP, Belliard’s defense has been adequate at best.
Tagg Bozied has been seeing time in LF, 1B, DH with a start or two at 3B. He has hit in 7 of his last 10 games, including two game winning homers after an 0-11 slump. Bozied is hitting .254/.398/.582 in his 67 AB’s this year with 5 HR and 15 RBI’s. He is hitting .286 with RISP.