Another rough week for the ‘Pigs who started a huge home stand last Monday at Coca Cola Park, and are 2-4 since the last update, including three consecutive losses to Scranton. The home stand continues this evening with Charlotte (White Sox affiliate) coming into Allentown for a three game series. Lehigh Valley now stands at 13-11 and are tied for third in the Northern Division, 2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket.
Leaders: Hitting:Scott Podsednik is tied for 9th in SB (5).
Pitching: Pat Misch is tied for the league lead in losses (4) and tied for 3rd in HR allowed (5); Phillipe Aumont is tied for 3rd in saves (4).
Probables: Wednesday: Bush; Thursday: Hyatt; Friday: Misch; Saturday: Cochran.
‘Pigs Prospects: Domonic Brown is swinging the bat fairly well, although with no power as he has failed to hit a HR yet this year. Brown has hit in 8 of his last 9 games (.303) and is at .265/.311/.361 on the year in 83 AB’s. His walk rate is 7%, while Brown is striking out at a 20% clip. While crushing the ball (.474) when ahead in the count, Brown is hitting just .179 when behind in the count. Fielding is still a problem as Brown now has four errors on the year, although Lehigh Valley Manager Ryne Sandberg suggests there has been marked improvement in Brown’s routes.
Lefties are hitting .455 against lefty specialist Jacob Diekman so far this year, and while a small sample size, is something worth watching. Diekman line looks impressive: 9 games, 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 3 saves, but the opposition is hitting .295 against him. His BB/K ration is excellent, standing at 2.4BB/13.9K. Since June 11th of last year, Diekman has a 1.40 ERA in 43 games between AA and AAA.
Phillipe Aumont has been struggling recently, ultimately culminating with Aumont being removed from a game over the weekend with back spasms. In his last 4 games, Aumont pitched 2.1innings, gave up 5 runs and walked six. Hopefully with some time off, the physical issues will have settled down and Aumont will return to the form in which he started the season (1.50ERA and 4 saves in his first 5 games). Opponents are hitting just .200 against the 23 year old. It has been the lack of control which has killed him.
It seems all Cody Overbeck does is hit and the time to notice may be here. He has multi hit games in 4 of his last 5 games and has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 (.400). In his last 49 AAA games dating back to last season, Overbeck is hitting .347, including 5HR and 10 doubles. In his 83 AB’s this year, Overbeck is at .313/.356/.458 with 2HR and 14 RBI (team lead). Overbeck is hitting .333 with RISP and .391 against LHP. While far from an outstanding fielder, Overbeck has not hurt the ‘Pigs in the field, while providing a good portion of the little offense the Lehigh Valley lineup has produced.
Next Week: Mitchell, Rosenberg, Hyatt
Notes: During their last turn through the rotation, Lehigh Valley starters were 1-4 with a 12.77.
–Erik Kratz is 10 for his last 25.
–‘Pigs catchers have hit 5 of the IronPigs 12 homers this year.
–So far this season, the bullpen is 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA and is 11/14 in save opportunities.
Transactions: Last Monday, RP Michael Schwimer was promoted to the Phillies to take the roster place of Cliff Lee who was placed on the DL. To take Schwimer’s spot, RP BJ Rosenberg was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
Early this morning, RP Brian Sanches had his contract purchased by the Phillies, after David Herndon was placed on the DL with a sore arm.