Lehigh Valley enters the last week plus of the season at 75-60 and in 2nd place of the Northern Division, 1.5 games behind first place Pawtucket. The ‘Pigs remain two games ahead of Gwinnett for the wildcard position with their magic number being nine to clinch a playoff spot. Lehigh Valley return home for a six game home stand with two each against Syracuse, Scranton and Buffalo before closing out the regular season with two games in Syracuse next Sunday and Labor Day.
‘Pigs leaders (thru Friday’s games): Rich Thompson is 2nd in runs (74); 2nd in triples (6), leads the league in SB’s(39); ; Brandon Moss is 4th in homers (23), 7th in SLG (.510), 6th in RBI’s (76); tied for 8th in walks (58); and 5th in OPS (.872).
Pitching: Michael Schwimer is tied for 7th in wins (9); Ryan Feireabend is tied for 7th in wins (9), has the 5th worst ERA (5.53), 5th in HR allowed (20); Nate Bump is tied for 9th in losses (9), 8th worst ERA (5.33), and 5th worst WHIP (1.52); Brian Bass is tied for the league lead in starts (26); 6th in IP (145.1)
A look at the Outfield and Bullpen this week:
Domonic Brown is hitting just .212 over his last 10 games and is suffering through his worst slump in AAA, dropping his line to .256/.397/.372. He is trying to compensate for his lack of run production at the plate by running on the basepaths, and has had success racking up 5 SB’s over the past week. Brown will be a September callup but his projected September role may be decreasing.
Brandon Moss has been playing all around the OF, as the Phils seem to be gearing up for a September callup. While he does strike out alot, Moss has been the best run producer on the Lehigh Valley club with his 23 HR and 76 RBI. Moss seems to be rising to the challenge lately with a .325 average over the last 10 games to go along with 3 HR and 11 RBI. Additionally, Moss continues to be among the league leaders in OF assists.
Delwyn Young’s season seems to continue to be mired in mediocrity with a .213 average in August has settled him in at .253/.308/.402 on the year. AFter an excellent July hitting for average and producing runs, the Phils focus remains on others for a September callup.
Rich Thompson has been struggling, hitting just .194 over the last 10 games and has seen his playing time dwindle a bit as AB’s continue to get spread around. Thompson remains a catalyst at the top of the lineup and leads the league in stolen bases. Thompson has not gotten caught stealing since June.
Bullpen: Justin DeFratus has taken on Michael Schwimer’s late inning role since Schwimer’s departure and has been excellent, throwing 5 shutout innings over his last 4 appearances, which have included 3 saves and 8 k’s, allowing just 3 hits. Right handed hitters are hitting just .207 against DeFratus.
Phillipe Aumont is 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA and 2 saves, in his 10 appearances since coming off the disabled list with shoulder issues. Dominant at times in his 11.2 innings, the six walks allowed have gotten Aumont into a good deal of trouble, which he was sometimes able to combat with 17 K’s.
Mike Zagurski has hit a rough patch with several rocky outings lately, and is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in his 9 August games. After a dominant early season, and two call ups to Philly, Zagurski remains a candidate for a September callup as a member of the 40 man roster.
Drew Carpenter is 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his 8 August appearances, throwing 11.2 innings. Carpenter continued his outstanding BB/K rate with a 2/12 ratio thus far through the month, and while hitting a bump or two lately remains one of the most dependable AAA arms Lehigh Valley has in the ‘pen.
Joe Savery may be pitching himself into consideration for a September callup, as while other lefties have faltered, Savery has stepped it up. Savery has not allowed a run in August, spanning 8 appearances and 11 innings, showing excellent control (1 walk) and setting up hitters nicely (13 k’s). Lefties are hitting just .190 against him and Savery remains very effective with RISP (.182).
Juan Perez has been simply awful since coming down to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia, accruing a 0-1 record with a 15.43 ERA since coming back down (7 games). In his 4.2 innings, he has allowed 11 hits, walked four and may have effectively taken himself out of any consideration for a September callup.
Ryan Feireabend has joined the bullpen after being removed from the rotation in favor of Dave Bush. Feireabend, a young left handed arm has looked good in the beginnings of this new role, throwing 4 shutout innings, while striking out 6.
Notes: Lehigh Valley is hitting just .238 with RISP, last in the IL by seven points.
–After a season of problems with the starting rotation, Lehigh Valley starters are 6-5 with a 3.19 ERA in their last 15 starts.
—Erik Kratz was named the 2011 Lehigh Valley Player of the Year by the media, while Michael Schwimer picked up 2011 Pitcher of the Year honors.
—Cody Overbeck is hitting .362 over his last 14 games.
—Kevin Frandsen is hitting .415 over his last 10 games.
—Freddy Galvis is hitting .346 over his last 40 games.
Probables: Sunday: Mathieson; Monday: Bass; Tuesday: Bump; Wednesday: Bush
Transactions: After two very short experiements, DH Jack Cust and RP Aaron Heilman were released. Quickly clearing up following the release of Cust and Heilman, were the turf toe issues suffered by Ryan Feireabend and left shin contusion of Tagg Bozied. Both were activated.
INF Pete Orr was called up to Philadelphia with Jimmy Rollins going on the DL (groin).