Louisville Bats: 25-19 overall, 223 runs scored, 204 runs allowed.
The Bats still find themselves in second place behind the Columbus Clippers who have a ridiculous 30-14 record on the season. The team is second in runs scored in the league per game at 5.07. They also have a huge lead in doubles with 107 (92 and 89 for the 2nd and 3rd best in the league). Their team ERA is in the middle of the pack. As far as individual performances go, Todd Frazier is third in the league with a .945 OPS, while Yonder Alonso is 6th with a .925 OPS. Chad Reineke and Dontrelle Willis rank 8th and 10th in the league in ERA at 2.61 and 2.72 on the season. The team may take a hit as Todd Frazier has reportedly been promoted to Cincinnati (well I guess technically to Philadelphia where the Reds are playing). The Bats currently have a 2.5 game lead in the wild card standings.
Carolina Mudcats: 13-30 overall, 173 runs scored, 251 runs allowed.
The Mudcats are 14.5 games back of first place and 8 games back of 4th place in the North Division. The Mudcats are only scoring 4.02 runs per game, which ranks second to work in the league. They have a league worst .316 OBP. They also have a league worst .346 SLG. On the pitching side of things the Mudcats are last in team ERA. The offense continues to be led by Cody Puckett and Mike Costanzo who have an .861 and .859 OPS. Puckett has been struggling in May as his power has essentially disappeared. Quintin Berry isn’t showing much power, but he is posting a .448 OBP on the season, at the very least giving the top of the line up a chance to put runs on the board. Pitching wise the bullpen has had some strong contributors between Brad Boxberger and Nick Christiani who have ERA’s of 1.31 and 2.08 on the year. Matt Klinker and Kyle McCulloch began the year in AAA but both are helping out the Carolina rotation now with ERA’s of 3.54 and 3.75 on the season. Getting back Neftali Soto could help bolster the offense as well.
Bakersfield Blaze: 24-20 overall, 287 runs scored, 286 runs allowed.
Bakersfield is in second place in the North Division, 5 games back of San Jose in a tie with Stockton.The Blaze are the highest scoring team in the league. They are still hitting .306 as a team, while also leading the league in OBP and SLG. The Blaze pitching staff has an ERA of 5.59 which ranks 3rd worst in the league. Stephen Hunt and Eric Campbell rank 1st and 2nd int he league in hitting, at .419 and .400 respectively. Josh Fellhauer is hitting .357 which ranks 10th in the league. Clayton Shunick is leading the bullpen with a 1.75 ERA in 25.2 innings. Mace Thurman has a 2.74 ERA out of the bullpen in 23 innings. Josh Ravin has slowed down some, but still has a 3.86 ERA in 39.2 innings with 47 strikeouts.
Dayton Dragons: 22-21 overall, 164 runs scored, 179 runs allowed.
Dayton is in 4th place in the Eastern Division, 4 games back of Great Lakes. Dayton is 12th in the league in runs scored per game. The team ERA of 3.47 ranks 5th in the league. The staff has a league leading 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Billy Hamilton leads the league in steals with 34. Josh Smith leads the league in strikeouts by a wide margin. Smith has 67 strikeouts, while teammate Daniel Renken is second in the league with 51. Daniel Corcino ranks 10th in the league in strikeouts. Dominic D’Anna continues to lead the way at the plate for the Dragons with a .305/.399/.445 line. David Vidal is hitting .281/.340/.482 on the year. Tucker Barnhart is also doing well with a .281/.358/.417 line on the season. The pitching staff for the most part has been very good across the board. The bullpen has been lights out. Drew Hayes has a 1.45 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Blaine Howell, Chad Rogers and Pat Doyle all have ERA’s under 3.00. Daniel Wolford, Daniel Renken, Ezequiel Infante and Tim Crabbe all have ERA’s under 4.00.