The ‘Pigs continue their six game home stand after dropping both games of their doubleheader last night against Rochester. Lehigh Valley opens a four game weekend series against Indianapolis tonight before heading to Durham for three early next week. At 20-34, Lehigh Valley is in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League , 10 games behind division leading Rochester. The ‘Pigs have lost three straight and are an abysmal 2-8 over their last 10 games.
News and Notes: INF Cord Phelps has a modest 7 game hitting streak and has hit in 14 of his last 17 games (19-52, .365)
–Brian Bogusevic has hit safely in 41 of his 45 starts this season. Very impressive.
–Lehigh Valley continues to lead the league in walks allowed (216), having allowed 10% more than the next closest team.
–SS Chase D’Arnaud is hitting .343 over the last three weeks(23-67).
–Dustin McGowan has thrown in 7 games for Lehigh Valley, earning 1 win and four saves and having not allowed a run in his 7.1IP.
–‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Brian Bogusevic is 9th in AB’s(190), 10th in runs(26), 2nd in hits(62) and 6th in avg (.326); Maikel Franco is 3rd in SLG (.539) and leads the league in AVG (.355).
Pitching:Phillippe Aumont is 2nd in ERA (2.35) and 2nd in walks(33); Joely Rodriguez has the 5th worst ERA (5.76), 4th worst WHIP (1.76), is 4th in walks (29), 10th in IP(59.1) and is tied for the lead in starts(11); Adam Morgan has the 6th worst ERA (5.33), 8th worst WHIP (1.59) and is 8th in HR allowed (6); Cesar Jiminez is 5th in games(21).
‘Pigs Prospects: Adam Morgan has really struggled over his last four starts, going 0-1 with an 8.53ERA, allowing 18ER and 26H in 19 innings, while also walking 10 hitters. In his 10 starts this year, Morgan is now 0-5 with a 5.33ERA; 1.59 WHIP and an awful .306 opponents average against him. Right handed hitters are hitting him equally as hard (.306) as left handed hitters(.304)
Seth Rosin had a very strong May, during which he threw in 11 games with a low 1.72 ERA and an excellent WHIP of 1.15. Rosin is building a nice body of work of the year, at 1-1 with a 2.22ERA in 20 appearances, also earning 2 saves.His walk rate has been excellent at 1.6 per 9IP and a serviceable K rate of 6.0 per 9. The opposition is hitting .256 against him, lefties at .292 and righties at .232. With RISP, hitters are at .286.
Domonic Brown continues mired in AAA mediocrity. Brown hit .267 in 120 May AB’s with 0HR and 16 RBI. On the year for Lehigh Valley, Brown sits at .250/.299/.302 with 0HR 23RBI and 9SB. Brown has not homered in 183 plate appearances for the ‘Pigs. He has been running on the base paths more than in years past, but if we are depending on a transformation of Brown into a base stealer and opposed to run producer, we are going to have even more issues than we do currently with Brown. Browns walks in 6% of his PA and is striking out at a 17% clip. Reverse splits at .311 vs. LHP, .228 vs. RHP.
Next week: Lino, Knigge
Probables: Thur: Morgan; Fri: Berken; Sat: Vasquez
Transactions: Comings: C Gabriel Lino (promoted from Reading)
Goings: C Logan Moore (sent to Reading); C John Hester (Released)