Up and down this week for Lehigh Valley who finished the week at 3-4, although on an up note after their 8-2 victory over visiting Pawtucket last evening. The ‘Pigs are at .500 (10-10) and in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, four games behind division leading Scranton. Lehigh Valley continues playing at home over the next week with 2 more games against Pawtucket (Red Sox), followed by a four game series against Buffalo (Mets).
Leaders: Hitting, Jeff Larish is 3rd in the league in homers (6) and Rich Thompson leads the league in stolen bases (6).
Pitching: Brian Bass is 9th in walks allowed (10) and Vance Worley is 5th in strikeouts with 25.
Outfield: Brandon Moss started hot, cooled off dramatically and then had a big night last night out of the cleanup spot and now sits at .263/.368/.439 after 66 PA’s. Moss has 2 HR and 11 RBI’s and has struck out in 23% of his plate appearances. Over his last 8 games, Moss is just 3-24.
Rich Thompson is at .245/.340/.375 with 60 PA’s, and is seeing most of his playing time against RHP. Thompson has a homer, 2RBI and is 9/9 stealing bases, leading the league, including 2 after pinch hitting. Thompson is hitting just .150 (4-24) over his last 7 starts.
Delwyn Young has been disappointing during the early part of the season hitting just .167/.221/.347 through 77 plate appearances, with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Young is striking out at a 22% clip and is just 3-35 (.086) over his last 9 games. Primarily hitting in the middle of the lineup (clean up several nights), Young is at .111 with RISP.
Cory Sullivan should be added to the list of ‘Pigs outfielders who are struggling. He is hitting .180/.288/.220 in 57 PA’s. Only two extra base hits in his 50 AB’s, to go along with 7 RBI’s. In his last 6 starts, he is 2-18 (.111).
Matt Miller has seen extremely limited action, getting the occasional start against LHP. With the limited playing time, Miller has struggled at .200/.200/.300 through 25 AB’s.
Relievers: Scott Mathieson hasn’t been throwing with the same confidence as last year and is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a save in his 7 outings. Mathieson has thrown 9.1 innings, allowed 12 hits, walked 8 and struck out 12. His WHIP sits at well over 2, after three weeks of the season. Since Mid June of last year, Mathieson is 0-5 with a 4.54 ERA over 35 games for Lehigh Valley.
Michael Schwimer is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 6 games thus far, having been hit hard in his last appearance. Schwimer has thrown 9.2 innings, given up 12 hits, walked 5 and struck out 10, with a WHIP just below 1.76. While seeing success against righties, left handed hitters are hitting at a .429 clip against him in the early going.
Juan Perez has thrown in 8 games, going 0-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 2 saves thus far for the IronPigs. Perez has thrown 9.2 innings, given up just 2 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 11. He is unscored upon in his last five games, earning two saves. Lefties are 0-10 against him. WHile his control has been somewhat erratic, he has looked very good.
Jason Grilli had a streak of four consecutive scoreless outings snapped during his last appearance. In his 8 appearances this year, he is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Grilli has allowed 10 hits, walked four and struck out 9 in his 8 innings of work. Still needs some fine tuning.
Drew Carpenter allowed his first run as a reliever last evening during his 5th game. He has now thrown 11 innings as a reliever, allowing a lone run, 2 walks and 6 hits. Within the recent promotions to Philly and increased struggles by other members of the ‘pen, expect that Carpenters role may be increasing.
Brian Gordon came of the disabled list just this past week and has thrown well in his 3 appearances, tossing 4 innings, without allowing a run. Expect Gordon to slide into a similar role as last year, as a middle innings guy.
Chance Chapman was called up to Lehigh Valley for the second time this year with the recent promotion of Mike Stutes. For Lehigh Valley thus far, Chapman has had one rocky outing and one decent outing. Too early for any kind of analysis.
Notes: Manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected from his first game as the Lehigh Valley manager last Friday against Buffalo.
–Eight of Lehigh Valley’s ten wins have been come from behind.
–INF Kevin Frandsen has hit in 12 of the last 14 games.
–Catcher Erik Kratz missed four games with a toe injury but came back last Saturday to hit two homers against Buffalo.
–In the last 12 games, ‘Pigs starters are 2-7 with an ERA hovering right around 7, and were without a “quality start”.
–Lehigh Valley is averaging 7,993 fans per “opening”, down just a bit from last year at the same time.
Probables: Thursday: Feirebend Friday: Worley; Saturday: Bump; Sunday: Bonine
Transactions: With the promotion of Mike Stutes to Philadelphia, RHP Chance Chapman was called up from AA reading for a second time. Chapman gave up 3 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work during his first time with Lehigh Valley last week.