Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shutouts: The 50% Line

Game 32, May 9, DBAP
Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays): 3
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays): 0
Season: 14-18; Home Stand: 2-2
Wrap, Box, Herald-Sun

In the struggle to find something interesting to say about last night’s game, it turns out that the Bulls have been shut out in 4 of their last 8 games. That might be interesting, but not very rewarding.

But there is the performance by new guy Justin Marks, who actually did a very good job. He just let a couple of batters in the 1st inning get away from him. And he was certainly helped by some fine infield play, three double plays. Plus we got to see two nice plays on throws from the outfield. He was followed by Dylan Floro who had one of his best outings, and certainly better than the 5 run (3 home run), 1⅓  inning disaster from a couple of days ago.

But the hitting — not so good in this game (2) or in this season. The “Mendoza Line” is a tongue-in-cheek reference to below standard hitting, i.e., a batting average of .200. The Bulls have 4 players below the line and two right on it. Note that Mikie Mahtook has been on the DL for the last couple of weeks. Also note that the Rays have three hitters below the line and one on the edge.

Bulls Batting Averages

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