The ‘Pigs keep rolling along, completing a very successful 6-1 road trip with a win yesterday over Syracuse, giving Lehigh Valley 15 wins in their last 16 games. The ‘Pigs , who return home this week for a 7 game home stand, now sit at 29-14 and 4 games ahead of second place Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has now won seven consecutive series, tying their franchise record.
–Over the last 16G, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is 8-1 with 11SV to go along with an ERA of 1.15.
–After starting the year strong, P Ricardo Pinto has been really struggling as of late with a 10.78ERA over his last 4 starts. His ERA is approaching 6 on the season.
–P Cesar Ramos continues to throw well in his role as the long man/spot starter, not having allowed an ER in his last 4 games.
–C Jorge Alfaro is in his first extended his funk of the season, hitting just .125 (4-32) over the last week.
–A nice week for SS JP Crawford, who hit .357 with two game winning hits. The Mendoza line is quickly approaching (.191).
–After starting the season 5/28, Nick Williams is hitting .277 over the last 33 games with 5HR and 15RBI.
–‘Pigs closer Pedro Beato leads the league with 13 saves and has not been scored upon in his last 13 appearances.
–RP Hoby Milner still has not allowed an ER in 2017, spanning 15.2IP in 12 games.
—Ben Lively has won 5 straight decisions for Lehigh Valley, and is 10-1 with a 2.40ERA for the ‘Pigs over his last 12 starts. There seems little to lose by moving Lively up to Philadelphia to see what he has at the major league level and there are several corresponding moves that could be made to make room
–With their loss last Thursday, the ‘Pigs franchise record 12 game winning streak was snapped
—Tom Eshelman has been outstanding since his call up from AA, with all three of his starts, quality starts. Is his last 6 starts between AA and AAA, Eshelman is 5-0 with a 1.71ERA.
—Jake Thompson has allowed just 2ER over his last 4 AAA starts (0.77ERA)
–Over the last 14 games, Dylan Cozens is hitting .293 with 7HR and 14RBI
—Pedro Florimon has been playing regularly since Jesmuel Valentin went on the DL and has been excellent, hitting in 9 of his last 10 games (.472).
—Rhys Hoskins remains extremely consistent this year, hitting .306 with 4HR and 15RBI over his last 10 games.
–Another potential move to shake things up in Philly is to move up Roman Quinn, who is deserving. Over his last 23 games, Quinn is hitting .326 with a .414 OBP.
Probables: Mon: Off; Tues: Pivetta; Wed: Appel; Thur: Thompson; Fri: Eshelman
‘Pigs League Leaders:Hitting; Rhys Hoskins is 3rd in runs (29), 5th in avg (.315), 2nd in OBP (.404); 7th in walks (22), 6th in hits (46), leads the league in homers (12), SLG (.651) and RBI(36); Dylan Cozens is 8th in runs (26), 3rd in HR(11), 2nd in RBI (32) and leads the league in strikeouts (62); JP Crawford is 4th in walks (25); Nick WIlliams is 9th in strikeouts (47); Roman Quinn is 7th in SB(8). Pitching: Ben Lively leads the league in wins(5), is 6th in ERA (2.79), 5th in IP(48) and 2nd in WHIP (0.95); Pedro Beato is 2nd in games(19), leads the league in SV(13); Mark Appel is 4th in HR allowed (8) and 10th in walks (19)
Transactions:Comings: Jorge Flores (from Reading); Jake Thompson (from Phillies); Goings: Jesmuel Valentin (DL); Wander Perez (released); Dailier Hinojosa (Released)