The final conclusion is that put simply, Lehigh Valley is not a good team. They have little to no timely hitting and their starting pitching has been simply abysmal which has led them to where they are which is at the bottom of the Northern Division of the International League. Entering the seasons final week plus, the ‘Pigs are 59-73 and in last place, 17 games back. Lehigh Valley finishes their four game series with Pawtucket tonight, trying to salvage a win before returning home for a 9 game home stand before closing out the season with two on the road against Scranton.
‘Pigs Prospects: Maikel Franco has hit in 3 of his last four games, including a walk off HR last Sunday. Prior to that, Franco had been in a 3-30 funk, during which he saw his average drop from a season high .251. Over the last 33 games, Franco is hitting .285 with 6HR and 22RBI. He is the ‘Pigs leader in HR(12) RBI(64) and 2B(29).
Cesar Hernandez is in a real funk, hitting just 5-48 over his last 12 games, after an 8 game hitting streak. Hernandez has seen his average drop to just .223 in 112 AB’s with Lehigh Valley after he began his stint with the ‘Pigs very hot, scoring runs in his first 8 games.
Cameron Perkins has been just awful, going 1-23 over his last 7 games and hitting just .169 with 1HR and 11RBI over his last 50 games. In 200+ AB’s with the ‘Pigs Perkins is hitting significantly below the Mendoza line (.189) with just 12 RBI’s. After raking in Reading over the last two years, Perkins fall to the depths where he currently sits is surprising. My uneducated guess is that he may be masking an injury.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been unscored upon in 6 of his 8 appearances with Lehigh Valley, including his last 4 games during which he has thrown 6.2 innings and given up just 2 hit, while walking four and striking out four. Gonzalez is close to a sure bet to be getting called up to Philly come Sept 1.
‘Pigs League Leaders,(thru 8/21) Hitting: Maikel Franco is 5th in AB’s(477), and is 9th in RBI’s(64); Tyler Henson is 6th in strikeouts(119)
Pitching: Brad Lincoln is tied for 8th in losses(10), has the 8th worst WHIP (1.44); is 6th in walks (53); and has the 3rd worst ERA (5.17); Sean O’Sullivan is tied for 8th in losses (10) and is 5th in HR allowed (16); Greg Smith is tied for 8th in losses (10), is 8th in IP (141); is 9th in starts (24) and has the 10th worst ERA (4.52); Luis Garcia is 3rd in saves (19)
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has scored runs in just 2 of their last 49 innings, spanning over 5 games. Incredible.
–RP Hector Neris has been unscored upon in 10 of his last 12 IL appearances (20IP 12H 3ER 4BB 18).
–Phillippe Aumont had his scoreless streak snapped on Wednesday evening at 12IP.
–Russ Canzler has 27 extra base hits, including 10 homers in 50 games with Lehigh Valley
–Of the 4 homers allowed by Jeremy Horst, 3 have been to left handed hitters and 3 have been to the first batter he has faced in that outing.
–After a very rough stretch, RP Tyler Knigge has been unscored upon in his last 4 games, spanning 7IP.
–Leandro Castro continues to lead Lehigh Valley in assists with ten, but has not thrown out a base runner in close to a month. Castro is hitting just .152 over his last 16 games.
–Since his conversion to sidearm, SP Greg Smith has a 4.99ERA in 13 starts.
–In his last 10 starts, SP Brad Lincoln is 2-7 with a 6.41ERA
–Over their last 13 games, Lehigh Valley is hitting just .195.
–On Wednesday, Sean O’Sullivan turned in the first quality start by an IronPigs starter in 12 games. During that period, starters were 0-7 with a 6.67ERA.
Transactions: Comings: Sebastian Valle(Reading), Jason Marquis (Activated from DL)
Goings: Koyie Hill (DL, Shin), Jo Jo Reyes (Released)
Probables: Sat(1): Manship, (2)TBA; Sun: Marquis; Mon: Lincoln
This is the last of the Lehigh Valley Weekly reports for 2014. Look for a post season recap sometime during the week after Labor Day.