With a patchwork lineup, the ‘Pigs have been the picture of mediocrity over the last several weeks, going 5-5 in their last 10 ten games, and now stand at 63-55, 2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket in the Northern Division of the International League. Scranton is leading the wild card race, with Lehigh Valley one game back. After a day off on Tuesday, the ‘Pigs open a six game home stand against Buffalo against whom they play two, followed by two each versus Syracuse and Rochester.
Leaders: Cody Overbeck is 8th in doubles (26); Kyle Hudson is 6th in SB’s (20); Tyler CLoyd is 2nd in wins (11), 2nd in WHIP (0.96); and leads the league in ERA (1.93); Pat Misch is 2nd in losses (12), 3rd in HR allowed (16) and has the 6th worst ERA (4.98); Scott Elarton is 9th in losses (9), 5th worst WHIP (1.54); is tied for the lesgue lead in starts (23) and has the 5th worst ERA (5.06); Phillippe Aumont is 5th in saves (12); Tom Cochran is 7th in walks allowed (57)
Probables: Wednesday: Cloyd; Thursday: Pettibone, Friday: Cochran, Saturday: Elarton
Notes: OF Derrick Mitchell who has been on the DL since June 3 with a fractured wrist played for the GCL Phils on Monday in a rehab appearance and went 1-2 with a HR. Hopefully he will be activated by Friday.
–The ‘Pigs are 9-2 in extra inning games, best in the IL.
–Cesar Hernandez has hit in 4 of his first 5 games in AAA.
–Justin DeFratus is unscored upon in his last 5 games, spanning 5.1IP. He has two saves in those five games.
–With his win last Thursday, Tyler CLoyd set a Lehigh Valley record with his 7th consecutive win. He is now a combined 14-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 22 starts. Interestingly, he is also hitting .364.
–Even with having missed over 50 games, Derrick Mitchell still leads the team in assists with 6.
–SP Tom Cochran has allowed at least one homer in each of his last 6 starts.
–In his last 8 games spanning 8.2 innings, Phillippe Aumont has walked 6 and struck out 14. Dominating but wild.
–JC Ramirez has itched well his last two times out (4IP, 0ER) after struggling in his three prior outings
–In his last 37 games, Pete Orr is hitting .299 with 9 SB’s.
–In his last 51 games, Cody Overbeck is hitting just .205 with 4 HR.
Transactions: Plenty going on last week: To Lehigh Valley came: 2B Cesar Hernandez, C Sebastian Valle (both from Reading); RP Joe Savery and Jake Diekman (both optioned from Philadelphia) and Jake Fox (signed as a free agent). Going from Lehigh Valley were: Brian Sanches (Released), Justin Friend (send down to Reading), Michael Martinez and BJ Rosenberg (Called up to Philly). Hector Luna was called up to Philly and then sent back to Lehigh Valley two days later.