Yesterday was the Durham Bulls first off day of the season. Triple-A baseball is a relentless grind, much more difficult than major league ball. The Rays and Bulls have both played 27 games, but the Bulls started their season four days after the Rays. A good time to look at some pictures. Click on them for a larger view
The Bulls remain in the lead in the IL South, 2 games ahead of Gwinnett, but Gwinnett isn’t hanging back. They’ve had good run in recent days. Meanwhile the Bulls are 5 and 5 in their last 10 games. Two points show status of leaders in IL North and West.
The pitching (as shown by cumulative ERA) over the last 10 days has seen a slight, steady improvement, helped a bit by the no-hitter and showing a fairly persistent 2 run gap between the starters and relievers.
Hitting (game-by-game weighted on base average) has been a bit erratic (although we do have to give opposing pitchers some credit). The Bulls team OPS is the best in the International League.