Louisville Bats: 58-53 overall, 507 runs scored, 488 runs allowed.
The Bats have been in a slow decline for a while now, which you can see above on the progression chart. They have lost prospects Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco (rehabbing now, should return soon) and Yonder Alonso over the last several weeks and it has really hurt the offense. Dave Sappelt has an 8 game hitting streak where he is 17 for 33 (.515) and it raised his average back up to .323 on the season. Denis Phipps has kept up his hot hitting with Louisville since being promoted. The outfielder has hit .385/.429/.487 with the Bats in 9 games. Edinson Volquez has strung together four good starts in a row. While his ERA is 2.23 for the Bats, his control was poor for the first three of those starts. In his last four games he has thrown 28 innings with an ERA of 2.57 with 6 walks and 24 strikeouts. Brad Boxberger has had 2 games where he has struggled with the Bats, allowing 3 earned runs in 0.1 innings each time. In the other 11 games he has pitched 15 innings with 5 hits allowed, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 17 strikeouts.
Carolina Mudcats: 17-20 (2nd half), 204 runs scored, 192 runs allowed.
The Mudcats continue to be much better in the second half than the first half, but they still find themselves below .500 in the second half. Acquired in the Jonny Gomes trade, Bill Rhinehart has provided instant return for the Mudcats with a .412/.444/.824 line with 6 RBI in 5 games. Neftali Soto has hit .316/.350/.658 over his last 10 games with 4 HR’s and 11 RBI. His 22 HR’s rank 2nd in the league as does his .596 slugging percentage. Pedro Villarreal has allowed 2 earned runs in his last two starts (11 innings with 1 walk and 11 strikeouts).
Bakersfield Blaze: 17-20 (2nd half), 175 runs scored, 194 runs allowed.
The Blaze offense had struggled some after a few promotions right before the mid-season point but have caught back up to where they were earlier in the year. Dayne Read has hit .311/.367/.533 in 13 games for the Blaze. Brodie Greene has been hot in the 2nd half of the year, hitting .302/.344/.570 in 36 games since the break. Alex Buchholz has been hot over his last 10 games with a .385/.415/.462 line. JC Sulbaran has been stringing together strong start after strong start for the 2nd half. In 7 starts he is 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 40.1 innings to go along with 12 walks and 41 strikeouts. Derrik Lutz has been strong out of the bullpen since coming back from the DL (started the year on the DL). He has allowed 2 runs in 10 innings so far this season with 8 strikeouts.
Dayton Dragons: 23-13 (2nd half), 204 runs scored, 143 runs allowed.
The Dragons have lost 4 games in a row, but remain tied for first place in their division and three games up on the team that matters for making the playoffs (the team they are tied with already has qualified in the first half). Ronald Torreyes continues to pace the offense with a .385/.422/.494 line through 156 at bats this season. David Vidal has been on fire in the 2nd half of the year, hitting .333/.405/.570 in 32 games in the second half. Donald Lutz has been hitting nearly as well with a .286/.356/.555 line in 31 games since the All Star break. Billy Hamilton has shown much power in this half compared to the first, but the rest of his numbers are much better, with a .302/.365/.369 line in 149 at bats (16 walks and 26 strikeouts). Daniel Renken has been dominant in the second part of the season. Over his 7 starts he has a 1.13 ERA in 40 innings with 15 walks and 56 strikeouts. The Dragons bullpen remains a big strength for the team with three relievers having ERA’s under 2.00 and three others under 2.05 (though two have a combined 9 games between them).
Billings Mustangs: 20-20 overall (0-2 in the second half), 263 runs scored, 238 runs allowed.
The Mustangs fell short of a playoff birth in the first half (20-18) and are off to an 0-2 start in their second half. Sean Buckley has led the offense this season with a .325/.404/.635 line through 126 at bats. His 10 HR’s lead the league by two over a handful of guys. Junior Arias has caught fire lately with a .364/.432/.758 line over his last 10 games (4 walks and 11 strikeouts). Nick O’Shea has a .278/.329/.544 line in 79 at bats for the Mustangs. James Allen has been strong out of the bullpen with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings with 3 walks and 24 strikeouts. Tony Cingrani has made 6 starts, but all have been limited in innings, but his 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings is impressive to go along with 2 walks and 22 strikeouts.
AZL Reds: 18-16 overall, 202 runs scored, 206 runs allowed.
The AZL Reds are a half of a game out of first place in their division. The offense has been led by three guys this year. Brennan May has a .315/.388/.574 line on the year in 108 at bats. Juan Perez has a .356/.437/.510 line over 104 at bats. Brandon Dailey is hitting .348/.408/.500 on the year through 112 at bats. Reliever Christopher Joyce has yet to allow an earned run in 13.1 innings and has 2 walks to go with 20 strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin has allowed just 1 earned run in 12.1 innings with 5 walks and 24 strikeouts. Starter Justice French has a 2.78 ERA in 35.2 innings with 2 walks and 38 strikeouts.