The ‘Pigs (49-61) are going in the wrong direction quickly after being swept by Buffalo over the weekend into Monday and getting trounced by Rochester Monday evening extending their season high losing streak to ten games. It is their longest losing streak since the awful team of 2008, in their inaugural season. Since May 30th, Lehigh Valley is 20-37 and has fallen from second place to last place, 14 games in back of division leading Syracuse. Lehigh Valley visits Rochester for two games before returning home over the weekend for what will be a six game homestand.
News and Notes:Lehigh Valley has the International league’s second highest ERA for the month of July at 5.59.
–Over his last 13 games, Maikel Franco is hitting .342 with 2HR and 10RBI.
–Over his last 30 games with Lehigh Valley, Cameron Perkins is hitting just .159.
–RP Hector Neris currently has a 10 inning scoreless streak, spanning 6 appearances.
–Greg Smith is really struggling, going 0-2 with an 8.59ERA over his last three starts, giving up a whopping 24 hits in 14.2IP.
–Cesar Jiminez has not allowed an ER in 10 of his last 11 appearances (0.82 ERA, 0.97 WHIP)
–After a very good start in AAA, RP Tyler Knigge has allowed an ER in 5 of his last 7 appearances.
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Maikel Franco is 5th in AB’s(394); Tyler Henson is 4th in strikeouts(104)
Pitching:Sean O’Sullivan is 7th in losses(9) 4th in HR allowed (15); and has the 7th worst ERA(4.77); Brad Lincoln has the 9th worst ERA (4.73); Luis Garcia is 3rd in saves(16)
‘Pigs Prospects: Ethan Martin has been excellent as of late, not having allowed an ER in 6 of his last 7 appearances. During that time frame, he has thrown 15 innings and given up just 2ER on 10 hits. After a 24.75 ERA in his first 4 appearances after being optioned, Martin seems to have gotten back into a more comfortable role recently.
Leandro Castro has it safely in 22 of his last 29 games (.355, 39-110), and is hitting .304 over his last 63 games, raising his average from .212 to his current .275. He also leads all Lehigh Valley OF with 10 assists. I continue to advocate for a call up for Castro. There is zero downside, especially when considering there is a strong possibility he could be lost to minor league free agency after this year. The Phils should see what they have against major league pitching.
David Buchanan–Even with a poor start his last time out on Sunday (3IP 7H 4ER), Buchanan has thrown well, going 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA over his last 8 starts between the Phillies and the ‘Pigs
Freddy Galvis has been playing pretty well since being activated off of the DL two weeks ago, and is currently sitting with a 7 game hitting streak, during which time he is hitting .286 (8-28)
Next Week: Perkins, Franco, C. Hernandez
Transactions: Comings: RP Jeff Manship joined the team from Philly; RP Matt Hoffman was called up to Lehigh Valley from Reading; C Cameron Rupp was optioned to the ‘Pigs from Philadelphia; Luis Garcia was activated from the DL
Goings: C Sebastian Valle was sent down to Reading; RP Phillippe Aumont was called up to Philadelphia; RP Matt Hoffman was sent back down to Reading
Probables: Wed: Smith; Thur: Buchanan; Fri: Reyes; Sat: O’Sullivan