Thursday, August 22, 2019

Durham Bulls Season — 11 Games Left — End of the Road?

Yesterday's Games

Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 0

Gwinnett Braves 6; Norfolk Tides 2



I'm not sure I can continue with this daily update. I confess that what I had hoped, and expected, to do was chronicle the Durham Bulls' rise into the lead of the South Division. Instead, what we've seen is a continuance of the Rays' callous regard for the Bulls and a slide into near-oblivion. These four games against the Knights was their chance, but a team with the 13th worst ERA in the International League has beaten them three games in a row. IL Standings.

It seems to me that the Rays gave up on the Bulls' potential as a team around mid-July. We talked about some of that here. But it has not let up, 15 transactions in the last week.

As a last sad comment, we talked about the importance of run differentials a while ago.

Here's the trend:


By the way, interesting end-of-season race going on the the International League North.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Durham Bulls — 12 Games Left


  • Bulls lose 6 of last 7 games. 
  • Sliding out of contention for anything.
  • Opening pitcher goes to 1-5 with an ERA of 8.12. Why is he at AAA?
  • Rehabbing Rays go 0 for 8 at bat
August 20 Results

Charlotte Knights 9; Durham Bulls 3

Gwinnett Braves 1; Norfolk Tides 5


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Durham Bulls — 13 Games Left

  • Drop a full game in wild card
  • 3½ behind Gwinnett
  • 10 games to go at the DBAP
August 19 Results

Charlotte Knights 13; Durham Bulls 11 — Box

Gwinnett Stripers 5; Norfolk Tides 6


Monday, August 19, 2019

Durham Bulls — 14 Games Left in Season

  • Still tied with Charlotte for the wild card spot.
  • 3½ games behind Gwinnett. 
  • All games till end of season against either Charlotte or Gwinnett
  • 11 games at the DBAP (4 v Charlotte, 7 v Gwinnett)
  • Start with 7 home games, 4 v Charlotte, 3 v Gwinnett
  • Bulls' fate is in their hands.
August 18 Results

Durham Bulls 10; Buffalo Bisons 7 — Box

Scranton/WB 9; Gwinnett Stripers 3
Columbus Clippers 2; Charlotte Knights 2


Note that the IL North race has suddenly gotten competitive. Standings.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Durham Bulls — 15 Games Left

  • Bulls fall into tie for wild card lead. 
  • Last time they were just 12 games above .500 was on June 11, more than 2 months ago. 
  • Team has given up 6 unearned runs in the last two games. 
  • And lost 4 out of 5 on this road trip.
August 17 Results

Durham Bulls 2; Buffalo Bisons 9 — Box

Columbus Clippers 6; Charlotte Knights 7
Charlotte Knights 2; Columbus Clippers 2
Scranton/WB RailRiders 7; Gwinnett Braves 8


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Durham Bulls — 16 Games Left

August 16 Results

Durham Bulls 3; Buffalo Bisons 7

Columbus Clippers 5; Charlotte Knights 4

Scranton/WB RailRiders 2; Gwinnett Stripers 5




Gwinnett increased its lead over Bulls and Knights: Standings

Today: Durham @ Buffalo

Friday, August 16, 2019

Durham Bulls — 17 Games Left

August 15 Results

Durham Bulls 3; Syracuse Mets 5 Box

Columbus Clippers 5; Gwinnett Stripers 2 (7 innings)
Columbus Clippers 5; Gwinnett Stripers 3 (7 innings)
Scranton/WB RailRiders 5; Charlotte Knights 7



Bulls just hanging out, waiting for Knights to catch up.

Today: Durham @ Buffalo