Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs lost last night and are struggling having gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and now sit at 55-70, and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 15 games behind division leading Scranton.  With two and a half weeks left in their season, Lehigh Valley play in Scranton tonight, visit Pawtucket over the weekend, before returning to Coca Cola Park in Allentown for a three game series against Buffalo early next week.

–Sean O’Sullivan had an excellent outing on Tuesday against Scranton, going 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 9.

–INF Taylor Pastornicky has reached base safely in all eight games since joining the IronPigs

–Tyler Henson remains unbelievable with men on base and two out, hitting .423 on the year and knocking in 24.

–Pigs catchers continue to lead the league in caught stealing % at 37%.

–Brian Bogusevic has hit in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting .381 with 5 homers over that span. Bogusevic is the 1st Lehigh Valley player to have four separate 10 game hitting streaks in one season.  His average on the year sits at .297.

–After not pitching for three plus weeks, Severino Gonzalez looked strong last Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings of work.

–In 6 combined starts since the Cole Hamels deal, newly acquired pitchers Alec Asher and Jared Eickhoff are 3-1 with a combined 2.66ERA.

–In his last 5 appearances, RP Colton Murray has thrown 8.2 scoreless innings, hasn’t allowed a walk and struck out 9.

–Over his last 3 starts, Jesse Biddle is 0-3 with a 8.40ERA, allowing 26 hits (3 HR’s) in 15 innings of work.  He is on the mound tonight.

–Over his last 9 games, Kelly Dugan is hitting .172 (5-29).

–Catcher Gabriel Lino continues slumping with the stick, hitting just 5-46 over his last 13 games.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(68), 9th in triples (5); Brian Bogusevic is 6th in hits (123), 8th in OBP(.357), 8th in Slg (.432), 5th in average (.297) and 5th in OPS (.789); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles(28); Jordan Danks is 8th in doubles(26) and 10th in strikeouts(110); Cord Phelps is 9th in walks(49).

Pitching: None

Probables: Thur: Biddle; Fri: Asher; Sat: TBD

Transactions, Coming: Severino Gonzalez (activated from DL); Russ Canzler activated from DL; Tommy Joseph (activated from DL)

Going: INF KC Serna (Reading); Jason Berken (Temp Inactive List); Chris McGuinness (Released); OF Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia)

8 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. I wonder if they’ll send Biddle to the arizona fall league, or have him play winterball somewhere. At this point I doubt he gets called up in september, but I would be anxious to see how he does if they did bring him up in september.

    1. Usually starting pitching prospects don’t go to winter ball over concern that they will throw too many innings throughout the year and he’s not a good candidate for Arizona either. Poor Jesse (I’m serious). It can’t be easy to from the Golden Boy to the Forgotten Man.

      1. If a lot of his issues are mental, then maybe it’s a good thing that he doesn’t have to be “the guy” to save his hometown team.

  2. I just think it’s finally time to admit he’s not that good. Not sure why that’s so hard for us to do.

  3. Biddle could rise like the bird from the ashes to have a decent MLB career……IF a miracle occurs. Whatever is required he does not have. Hard to admit they blew that #1 draft choice…but that’s the way it’s turned out. If patience has been required, the Phils extended plenty of that over the last 4 years with horrid results.

    The one thing that prevents him from being DFA’d is the lurking fear that somebody else would pick him up and locate the key, turn it, and produce a competent pitcher.

    The odds on that are the same that would be given that the Cardinals would end up in last place among all MLB teams this season.

    “Abandon all hope….etc.

      1. Or soon, Buddle could be moved in a trade for a change of scenery opportunity.
        But think he will get another chance at LHV next spring, and then MacPhail , once he has been there awhile, may decide that moving himin a trade, is what is best for the player and the organization.

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