May 15, 2008 May 15, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Ten Things I Noticed: Pretty simple…here’s ten things I noticed from pouring over stats, all accurate as of last night’s games.
1) Bridgeport’s pitching staff has more walks (84) than strikeouts (81). How is that physically possible? With seven big leaguers on that staff, that’s something that just can’t happen.
The Bluefish have already used 15 pitchers, and six of them have more walks than strikeouts.
2) Following May 11th’s games, Atlantic League baserunners stole 68.8% of the bases they attempted to steal.
Somerset threw out a league high 58.3% of attempted basestealers, while Camden threw out just 6.7%
3) Long Island may be the best all-around team in the league. Their .273 batting average is good for second best in the Atlantic League, and their 3.61 ERA is more than half a run better than any other team in the league.
Ray Navarrete is again leading the hitters with a .371 batting average, four home runs and 13 RBI, while Randy Leek’s 1.17 ERA over four starts is a league best.
4) Southern Maryland isn’t bad. Seriously.
Their 10 wins are the second highest in the league, and the pitching has really carried the team so far this year.
5) Cory Aldridge is the best player you don’t know about in this league. His OPS is a disgusting 1.069 through 17 games of the year, and his .387 batting average was second to only Josh Pressley.
6) York isn’t hitting. Their team batting average is .227, and only Sandy Aracena is hitting over .300.
The much-hyped Matt Esquivel is hitting just .217 with only one home run, and Keoni De Renne is struggling as well, with his average just 12 points over the Mendoza line.
7) Camden is hitting. They could challenge Newark’s record for best team batting average over the course of a single season.
They have five everyday players hitting over .300, and once Brett Bonvechio’s average matches his production, they could really have something over there.
8) Newark’s starting pitching isn’t as good as last year’s. They don’t have a regular starter with an ERA under four, and only Will Cunnane has a winning record.
9) Somerset’s bullpen has been solid. Jason Richardson leads the group with a 2-0 record and 1.00 ERA, while Bret Prinz has yet to allow an earned run and Travis Minix has also been solid.
10) There are a lot of solid free agents available. There are quite a few veteran AL pitchers out there looking for work, not to mention long-time AL players who got lost in the shuffle this off-season. Combine those players with guys who have only recently fallen out of favor in affiliated ball, and there’s a solid talent pool available for teams to choose from.
What does that mean? It means the leashes are shorter this year, and it means that players might not have as long as they might like to straighten out their swings or get their arms going.
– Mike Ashmore