Monday, June 8, 2015
Matchup: Bulls vs. Iron Pigs
The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, come to town today for a three-day series. The Bulls took 3 of 4 from them back in late April and their season has not gone much better since then.
They have not been treated well by their parent club. We complain about the Bulls' roster turmoil, and it has been high — the Bulls have seen 22 different pitchers and 19 different position players in just a couple of months. But, and this has got to be a near-record, the Iron Pigs have had 33 different position players and 21 different pitchers! That has to be a management challenge of the first order. Plus we have to remember that several of those players on both teams have been rehabbers with very specific playing/pitching prescriptions.
In the matchup what jumps out for me is the team OPS. Without diving into the numbers more than I want to, that indicates either impatience or lack of muscle (or both?).
Could be a much better series that the numbers imply, and we’ll get to see some Phillies fans in the stands. Not quite as obstreperous as the “Red Sox Nation”, but they’re working on it.