Even with their 5-4 win last night, Lehigh Valley has been really struggling and now sit at 35-37 in the Northern Division of the International League, 6.5 games behind division leading Syracuse at the virtual half way point of the season. The ‘Pigs continue their 8 game homestand with 6 more against Charlotte (2) followed by four against Columbus.
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Maikel Franco is 4th in AB’s(263); Tyler Henson is 5th in strikeouts (75) and 8th in SB’s(13)
Pitching: Barry Enright has the 8th worst ERA (4.77), is tied for 2nd in starts(14 and leads the league in HR allowed (15)); Luis Garcia is 4th in saves (10); Sean O’Sullivan is 5th in IP (83)
‘Pigs Prospects: Maikel Franco continues to struggle, hitting just .154 over the last 10 games with no homers and just a lone RBI. His 20% K rate of that time period is not problematic but certainly the lack of production is. In June, Franco is at .152/.176/.258 in 66 AB’s with 1HR and 6 RBI. For the year, the line is .213/.274/.335 with 5HR 26RBI and a 16% strikeout rate. Concerning.
Tyler Knigge has thrown well after two lousy outings to start his time in AAA. Over his last three games, Knigge has thrown 4 scoreless, hitless innings, struck out 4 and didnt yield a walk. Between Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, Knigge is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 3 saves. Opponents are hitting .217 against him (.208 in AAA) and his WHIP sits right at 1.00.
Cameron Perkins has gone 0-7 over his last two games after a hot start in AAA, hitting in 8 of his first 9 contests. Concerning are the two lonely extra base hits in 52 AB’s for Lehigh Valley. In his 14 games for the ‘Pigs Perkins is at .231/.298/.288 with 0HR and 3RBI. The consummate doubles hitter at AA, it will be interesting to see how Perkins progresses after 150-200 AAA AB’s.
Nest Week: Rupp, Lincoln, Gillies
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley continues to have the second worst home record in the league at 15-22.
–Over their last 16 games, Lehigh Valley is a miserable 5-12 with a .211 batting average.
–RP Luis Garcia still has not allowed an earned run in 2014, a time period now spanning 17 games and 19.2IP.
–The ‘Pigs are just 6-12 when playing against a Left handed starter.
–RP Shawn Camp completed his transition into a side arming reliever on 6/3 and has yet to yield an ER in his 5 appearances since.
–RP Cesar Jiminez has not given up an ER in his last 17 games, spanning 20IP.
–SP Brad Lincoln won his third consecutive start on Sunday and his scoreless streak has reached 18IP.
–SS Freddy Galvis (clavicle) and OF CLete Thomas (ribs) remain out indefinitely, while Darin Ruf (wrist) appears to be on a 2-3 timetable for a return.
Probables: Wed: Lincoln; Thur: Bootcheck; Fri: Smith
Transactions: A rare quiet week. Tyler Henson was activated from the “paternity list” after returning from the birth of his son. With Henson’s return, SS Edgar Duran was sent down to AA Reading