Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs wrapped up their series in Syracuse having taken three out of four from the Chiefs (they were rained out this morning), and now stand at 37-27,2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket in the Northern Division of the International League. Lehigh Valley has won six of their last seven games, with a patchwork lineup.

Pigs Leaders, Hitting:Kevin Frandsen is 10th in AB’s (227); Cody Overbeck is 8th in doubles (16).

Pitching: Tyler Cloyd is 4th in wins (6), leads the league in ERA (2.15) and leads the league in WHIP (0.89); Pat Misch leads the league in losses (8); is 6th in HR allowed (9)and has the 6th worst ERA (4.91); Philippe Aumont is 10th in saves (7);

Probables: Wed: OFF; Thur: Elarton; Fri: Misch; Sat: Wright; Sunday: Cochran

Notes:–Former IronPig Rich Thompson will return to Lehigh Valley wearing a DUrham Bulls uniform this weekend, after being sent down to AAA after getting some major league playing time with Tampa.

Tyler Cloyd is now a combined 9-1 with a 2.04 ERA in his 13 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley.  He has gone at least 6 innings in 12 of his 13 outings and has a WHIP well below one for Lehigh Valley.  Very impressive.

–OF Kyle Hudson has multi hit games in each of his last four starts.

–A very big week for Erik Kratz , who hitting cleanup, had 9 RBI’s in his 3 starts.

-Since coming off the DL, Pitcher Tom Cochran is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 5 games, including 3 starts.

–In his last 4 starts, Scott Elarton is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA.

Phillipe Aumont had saves in back to back games last week, after going 49 consecutive games without a save. He could easily place himself back on the Phillies radar by stringing together a half dozen good outings.

–Lehigh Valley is 24-7 at home, leading the International League.

–After an outstanding week last week, Dom Brown came back to Earth with a 4-22 week since out last report.

–3B Tug Hulett was hit safely in 13 of his 14 starts with Lehigh Valley (.327)

Transactions: Last Tuesday, Pitcher Dave Bush was granted his release and signed to pitch in Korea.  Last Wednesday, INF Pete Orr was optioned from Philadelphia, while INF Michael Martinez was called up to Philadelphia.  SP Matt Wright was signed out of the Atlantic League (Sugar Land). On Friday, LHP Raul Valdes was optioned to LV from Philadelphia and RHP BJ Rosenberg was called up to Philadelphia.

28 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. I give a lot of credit to Ryne Sandberg for managing this collection of players to a record of ten games over .500. Great work, Ryne!

    1. I think it is time to push Sam Perlazzo(spelling) out as bench coach of the Phillies and bring up Ryne Sandberg to replace him. Ryne could show Charlie alot on how to manage properly so let the transition begin!

            1. He got interviewed for two jobs and was no where near a favorite to land it.

              I don’t see what Sandberg being the bench coach is going to do to help though.

      1. You realize that the bench coach follows the managers direction, he doesn’t give instructions?

        1. In Charlie’s case it was Jimy Williams who did the strategy in 2008. It has to be clear to people that Charlie Manuel is not a stragegic manager who has difficulty with the current team.

        2. I’d call him a consultant to Charlie. ” So what do you think Pete?” “I think a beer after the game would taste great Charlie.” “I’m with ya Pete and maybe a cheesesteak.”

      2. You sure as hell have my vote, Have him bring a third baseman who can take a ball away from a 10 year old (fontenoy reference)

  2. Bush is a surprise since many of us thought he’d get a call up to the big club. He must have had a frank discussion with management and opted for Korea. I wish him well.

  3. From everything I hear, Ryne’s done a GREAT job with LV and there should be no disputing that. There also should be no disputing that he has the potential to be a successful major league manager in the near future. However, he has been interviewed several times for big league jobs and he has not gotten them, and he has been passed over for an interview in many other cases, so let’s not get too carried away with him being the managerial savior for the Phillies. It’s also not that typical for a AAA manager to replace a big league manager of the same organization. It’s far more likely that he would get a job elsewhere and if and when we need to hire someone, that person would come from outside the organization – Mark Parent anyone?

  4. Another weekly thread for the Iron Pigs, but the signing of the number one draft pick is not worthy of a thread. ?????????

    1. Every young reliever that’s pitched this year has been a turd, except for Bastardo. The major leagues are hard. It sucks though that of all the depth in relief we had at Lehigh Valley, there hasn’t been one guy to come up and perform well, except Valdes I guess. He might be back pretty soon.

      1. Experience suggests that young relievers often take some time to adjust to the majors. It may even require several trips up and down. Usually, the issue is control. I have even heard that the major league umpires often squeeze young pitchers by tightening up the strike zone. I don’t think Rosenberg was quite ready for the majors; they should have kept Valdes who is good against right-handed hitters.

    2. How about you give someone more than two appearances before you make a comment. Do you actually watch the games? Or do you just look at the box score and make opinions based on that?

      1. I watch every Phillies game…he’s a turd. It doesn’t matter how fast he throws, he’s got an incredibly straight fastball that can be easily hit by any MLB hitter. He better get his stuff straightened out in Lehigh because it’s pretty evident that he’s not ready for the MLB.

        1. My impression is that he gets hurt more on his breaking ball than his fastball, but it is only a couple of games.

  5. Everybody calm down, our opponents babip will return to league avg shortly, and well finish 81-81 as will 29 other teams. Their high babip is unsustainable.

  6. “A new broom sweep clean” and Ryne should be up as the “broom-in-waiting”

  7. sweeps of course.
    I am reminded of the Stengel line to the Mets bench ” can anyone here play this game”

  8. I have heard so many times, pitching coaches talk about location in the strike zone, and rosenberg, really proves the point 95 and down the middle with no movements isnt going to get it done, shame he cant located his pitches on the corners,

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