Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley has shown some resiliency, refusing to give up first place to a scalding hot Pawtucket team as the ‘Pigs remain tied for first in the Northern Division of the International League with a 67-51 record with 24 games remaining in the season. Lehigh Valley returns home Friday to begin a 6 game homestand after they finish their remaining two games in Norfolk against the Tides.

‘Pigs Leaders(thru Tuesday) Hitting: Rich Thompson is 3rd in runs (66); 2nd in SB’s (35); 5th in triples (5); Brandon Moss is 4th in homers (20); 8th in SLG (.494); 10th in RBI’s (65); 7th in walks (53) and 9th in strikeouts (103); Erik Kratz is 9th in OBP (.381).

Pitching: Ryan Feireabend is tied for 3rd in the league in wins (9), 5th in HR allowed (20) and has the 2nd worst ERA (5.72); Michael Schwimer is 10th in wins(8) and is tied for 9th in saves (10); Nate Bump has the 9th worst ERA (5.19) and 5th worst WHIP (1.53); Mike Zagurski is tied for 9th in saves (10); Brian Bass is 4th in IP (134) and is 9th in walks allowed (48).

Lehigh Valley continues to lead the International League in attendance, averaging almost 9,200 per game.

Outfield: Domonic Brown has reached base safely in 21 of his 22 games with Lehigh Valley this season and has hit safely in 19 of his 22 games, hitting .303. Brown is crushing left handed pitching at a .385 clip and is well over .300 with RISP.

Brandon Moss is in a bit of a slide this week, hitting just .143 over his last 5 games, however has been consistent over the last two months, hitting .270 with 13 HR and 33 RBI during that time period.  Moss continues to show the strength of his arm and is among the league leaders in OF assists.

Rich Thompson has hit .325 over his last 30 games, is among the league leaders in runs scored and continues to add to his record breaking total of 35 steals. Thompson does continue to struggle a bit against lefties (.239), but when he gets on base, which is often, he makes things happen.

Delwyn Young is hitting .323 over the last 35 games, including 13  multi hit games. His struggles against left handed pitching (.212) and with RISP (.210) have begun to cost him some playing time with Domonic Brown back in town.

Relievers: Michael Schwimer has 5 wins and 9 saves in his last 20 appearances to go along with a 1.35 ERA and a 1/11 bb:K ratio during that time period, spanning 26.2 innings.  Schwimer has not allowed a run when pitching on back to back days this year.  His RH/LH splits are currently .140/.289 and opponents are hitting .159 with RISP.

Mike Zagurski was hit around his last time out, allowing 2 runs in just 0.1 inning but had allowed just one earned run in his previous 8 games allowing hitters just an .071 average. Zagurski has converted 10/11 saves and hasn’t allowed any of his inherited runners to score.

Drew Carpenter is unscored upon in 15 of his last 18 games with Lehigh Valley going 3-1 with an 0.59 ERA and a 1:7 bb:K ratio during that time period. He has allowed just 2 extra base hits in his last 26 innings on the mound.  Right handed hitters are hitting just .191 against Carpenter. The problem: hasn’t translated to the majors in his fairly limited opportunity.

Phillipe Aumont is unscored upon in his last 7 games, spanning 9 innings.  Aumont allowed just 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 15 during that time period. All three of his save opportunities have been converted since joining Lehigh Valley, although he has allowed 4 of 6 inherited runners to score.

Justin DeFratus seems to have adapted after his rough beginnings in AAA. After starting with a 7.36 ERA in his first 5 games (allowing runs in each), DeFratus is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 2 saves in his 14 games since. He threw 21.2 innings in those 14 games, striking out 30 and walking just 4.

Joe Savery is struggling against right handed hitters who are killing him at a .435 clip, however has shown he can get lefties out (.143) during his first month with Lehigh Valley this season.  Savery has had some command issues but is unscored upon in his last 5 outings.

Aaron Heilman was unscored upon in his last three games after blowing saves in his first two outings. He was placed on the DL Tuesday with turf toe.

Juan Perez was sent back to Lehigh Valley after spending about a month in Philadelphia, showing how dominant and how awful he can be.  His first outing back with Lehigh Valley goes in the awful category, and over the last 4 games he has pitched with the ‘Pigs, Perez has given up 7ER in 3IP.

Notes: The seven innings that Scott Mathieson threw on Monday night marked his longest outing since 2006 (pre Tommy John).

Pete Orr has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (17-42; .405)

Freddy Galvis has hit safely in 5 of his first 7 AAA games.

–Lehigh Valley have come from behind to win in 54% of their wins.  Pretty incredible.

–The ‘Pigs have fallen behind in each of their last 13 games.

–Catcher Erik Kratz has an 8 game hitting streak and is hitting over .310 since late May.

Transactions: Scott Mathieson was both called up to Philadelphia (actually San Diego) and the sent back to the ‘Pigs in time to make his next start on Monday, which was excellent (7IP 1ER 8K).

On Tuesday, RP Aaron Heilman, who has been extremely ineffective since being signed, was placed on the DL with what Lehigh Valley is calling “turf toe” to make room for Juan Perez was sent back down from Philadelphia.

Probables: Thursday: Feireabend; Friday: Edell; Saturday: Mathieson; Sunday: Bass


16 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. Are they just stretching out Scotty Math so they can give him a spot start or 2 when we have the division locked up 2 weeks before the season is over?

  2. Savery was throwing very well in Reading. His velocity was up and people said he looked like he did at Rice. The organization then forgot about the hitting experiment.

  3. I really think a healthy Domonic Brown in SP next year will go a long way towards the season. He is tearing it up in AAA and it is only a matter of time before things come together mentally in the majors.

    Future is looking good at LF and SS, now what about 3B?

  4. When/if the Phillies go with a 3rd catcher in September, I hope Kratz gets his shot. He’s had a nice year, and though hes not a prospect, it would be nice to see him rewarded with a cup of coffee. 40 man considerations are what they are, but if they go with a 3rd C, I hope he’s the guy.

    1. So true. It would be nice if someone had enough guts to make Kratz the back-up catcher. The problem is that nobody wants to go on the line and make a guy without major league experience the back-up catcher for fear of criticism should the starting catcher get injured. But, damn, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be an excellent major league catcher and was dumbfounded when Sardinha got the call-up before he did. Sardinha is dreadful, not just as a hitter, but in terms of making plays at the plate. He is a complete liability in almost all facets of the game.

  5. Either one has to be on 40 man. Sardinha has proven he can’t hit. Kratz looks promising as a hitter and is pretty good defensively. Time for Phils staff rotation to start getting used to another guy to pitch to.

  6. Looks like the Phillies can clear some 40 man spots by moving guys to the 60 day DL (H. Garcia, Blanton, Naylor). With their lack of LH relievers, I wonder if they would consider giving Savery a shot in September. They could really use a 2nd LH in the bullpen and chances of them getting someone in a waiver trade are pretty slim. His results agains left handed hitters are pretty impressive, so wouldn’t say it’s impossible.

    1. Manuel has a history of not trusting rookies unless they prove themselves. If Savery gets called up in September, he’ll be behind Bastado and Juan Perez. Not sure how many opportunities Savery will get.

      1. Agree … though he does trust rookies in Bastardo and Stutes, though trust in Stutes may be wavering. That and there really won’t be time to build trust in Savery. With the division well in hand, there may be some opportunities though to see more guys. I just think someone (Aumont, Schwimer also) will be given every opportunity to show off their stuff for the post season roster.

        This assumes Lidge and Contreras are not great options.

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