Saturday, June 6, 2009
Where We Stand
As the Durham Bulls arrive in Pawtucket, time to take a look at where we stand.
Charted are the teams in the International League Southern Division over the first 55 games. Since our last look, the Bulls have gone from 10 games above .500 to 15 games above .500 (35-20), one game behind Norfolk. Norfolk has been no slouch in the last couple of weeks, and Gwinnett’s on a bit of a run as well.
We’ve got the second-best record in the entire league and if the playoffs were to begin tomorrow, we’d be the wild card. Scranton (33-22) leads the North and Columbus (27-28!) leads the West.
The Bulls team ERA (3.69) is the 5th best in the league. Our team batting average (.258) has dropped from fourth to ninth since the last time we looked. However, the team OPS (.752) is still fourth. Other than Chris Richard’s 11 home runs, none of our hitters lead in offensive categories (although Justin Ruggiano is second in strikeouts). Nevertheless, all of our guys are above .200 (except for Craig Albernaz). Brandon Chaves’ remarkable .400 will surely drop a bit, as will Henry Mateo’s and Rashad Eldridge’s .292s, but we can hope.
We’ll be playing the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Buffalo Bisons. We haven’t seen the Pawsox this season and we just finished a series with the Bisons (3-1). Here’s hoping for decent weather up there in the Nawth.
At least one familiar face will be on the field tonight, rehabbing right-hander John Smoltz. A chance for our hitters to show their stuff.
Have fun guys!