Louisville Bats: 6-12 record, 71 runs scored, 101 runs allowed.
The Bats have had a rough start to their season under new manager David Bell. There are only two players on the team hitting over .260. Paul Janish is hitting .328 and Dioner Navarro is hitting .300 in 10 games. The offense has been a problem for the team as they have averaged just 3.94 runs per game. The pitching has been even worse than the hitting, as the staff has a 5.39 ERA and 1.68 WHIP so far this season. Brett Tomko and Jeff Francis have been solid with ERA’s of 3.69 and 4.09 from the rotation, but Sean Gallagher and Andrew Brackman are over the 9.00 plateau and Chad Reineke is over 6.00. The bullpen has been fairly strong. Scott Carroll, Josh Judy, Carlos Fisher, Kanekoa Texiera, and JJ Hoover have a combined 2.17 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos: 8-10 record, 70 runs scored, 82 runs allowed.
The offense has a bunch of solid averages nearly across the board from the starters. Didi Gregorius is hitting .391, Brodie Greene is at .308, Henry Rodriguez has a .284 average, Joel Guzman is hitting .273 while Josh Fellhauer is hitting .333 in 11 games and Brian Peacock is at .296 in the same amount of games. Despite all of that, the team has struggled to put runs on the board. They are 2nd in the league in average and on-base percentage while being tied for fourth in slugging. It could have a little to do with being caught stealing 10 times in 19 tries. If they keep hitting the way they have though, the runs will start to show up. The pitching looks good on the surface, but the teams 3.85 ERA is tied for 2nd worst in the league. Pedro Villarreal is off to a strong start in the rotation with a 2.22 ERA in 24.1 innings with 4 walks and 22 strikeouts. JC Sulbaran is also off to a quick start with the Blue Wahoos. His ERA is at 2.65 after 17 innings with 6 walks and 21 strikeouts. The bullpen has had some strong performers so far as well. Donnie Joseph has been closing games out and has yet to give up a run in 8 innings with 3 walks and 11 strikeouts. Justin Freeman has a 1.50 ERA through 12 innings with just 1 walks and 10 strikeouts. Clayton Tanner has a 2.00 ERA through his 9 innings pitched and Tim Gustafson has a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings.
Bakersfield Blaze: 10-7 record, 79 runs scored, 67 runs allowed.
Billy Hamilton has been a spark plug at the top of the line up for the Blaze so far this season. He is hitting .375/.467/.609 out of the leadoff spot, has 18 runs scored, 10 walks and 16 steals. Devin Lohman has been hitting behind Hamilton and has been nearly as good with a .316/.435/.439 line to give the middle of the line up a slew of RBI opportunities. David Vidal and Donald Lutz are off to very similar starts. Vidal is hitting .291/.361/.491 with 5 doubles and 2 home runs, while Lutz is hitting .290/.366/.516 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs. The rest of the offense has really struggled though, but those four guys have really been able to carry the Blaze who has won 7 games in a row. The pitching has been dominant with a league leading 3.19 ERA along with a 1.23 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 143.2 innings. Tony Cingrani is leading the starters with a 0.53 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP to go with 4 walks and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings. Kyle Lotzkar has a 1.69 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Chad Rogers, new to starting this season, has a 2.77 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his 13 innings thus far. Daniel Renken has a 3.47 ERA in 23.1 innings with a team leading 25 strikeouts. The bullpen has 5 pitchers with ERA’s below 2.10. Brian Pearl has a 2.08 ERA, while Daniel Wolford and Michael Griffin are both boasting a 1.80 ERA. John Holdzkom has a 1.35 ERA in his 6.2 innings pitched this season and Wilkin De La Rosa has a team bullpen best 1.04 ERA.
Dayton Dragons: 8-9 record, 69 runs scored, 69 runs allowed.
On the offensive side of things the Dragons are toward the bottom of the league in hitting with a .236/.311/.344 line as a team so far in the season. Kyle Waldrop has easily been the best hitter of the season so far for Dayton with a .304/.441/.500 line with 9 walks and 7 strikeouts. Ryan Wright is the only other full time player with an OPS over .700 as his .294/.368/.354 line is strong aside from the early lack of power. Yovan Gonzalez has been splitting time at catcher, but when he has been on the field he has hit well, to the tun of .367/.424/.600 in 30 at bats. The pitching has been strong as the team has a 3.37 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Radhames Quezada has yet to pick up a win, but leads the starters with a 2.14 ERA. Justice French is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA. Tanner Robles is having a nice start to the year with a 3.06 ERA through 3 starts. Stalin Gerson has a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings in his three starts. The bullpen has been a strong point for the most part as well. Dan Jensen and Kyle McMyne have both been perfect in the ERA column in their18.1 combined innings out of the bullpen. Ryan Kemp has a 1.93 ERA through 9.1 innings. Carlos Contreras has a 3.12 ERA in his 8.2 innings pitched.