A new week means four new series for the Cincinnati Reds farm system. The Dragons and Lookouts will hit the road while Louisville and Daytona will play hosts for series this week.
St. Paul Saints at Louisville Bats
Louisville Bats (7-16)
The Louisville Bats offense is still easily the worst in the Triple-A East. They have a .631 OPS on the year – a number that was worse than that over the last week since they dropped from .639 in the last update. The team continues to make contact better than any other team in Triple-A, but the also continue to show absolutely no power at all. Durham has 42 home runs to lead the league. Louisville has 12. And it’s not as if they are racking up doubles, either, ranking 15th out of 20 teams there, too.
The Bats pitching staff is middle of the road for the league with their 4.30 ERA ranking 13th out of 20 teams. They rank 10th in strikeouts and have the 8th most walks.
St. Paul Saints (13-11)
The Saints introduction to affiliated baseball has gone well enough so far as they’ve put up a winning record to this point up in the season. They are 11th in the league in runs scored but 17th in OPS at .696 (65 points better than Louisville). There’s some pop in the lineup as the team ranks 7th in the league with 30 homers. But there’s also a ton of swing and miss as they’ve struck out 265 times – second most in the league (Louisville has 189 as a comparison).
Like Louisville, St. Paul is middle of the road with regards to pitching. Their team ERA of 4.22 ranks just ahead of Louisville and is 12th in the league. The pitching staff has struck out 251 batters in 213.1 innings – second most strikeouts in the league.
Chattanooga Lookouts at Rocket City Trash Pandas
Chattanooga Lookouts (15-9)
The Lookouts went 4-2 last week against Tennessee. Their offense took a step backwards but their .761 OPS is still easily the second best in the league – nearly 80 points better than the team in third. Chattanooga strikes out significantly less than any other team in the league. The Lookouts have 189 strikeouts while the next closest team has 231 strikeouts. But Chattanooga also hasn’t hit for a lot of power, ahead of just Tennessee in home runs in the league. Where they’ve been successful is hitting for average and getting on base. They lead the league with a .271 average and a .351 on-base percentage.
The pitching has been very hit-or-miss for the Lookouts. Their 3.83 team ERA ranks 4th in the 8-team league. That is a bit deceiving though as the rotation has a 3.14 ERA – 2nd best in the league. The bullpen has posted a 4.67 ERA, which is 7th best in the league (also known as second worst).
Rocket City Trash Pandas (10-14)
The best name in all of professional sports, the Trash Pandas could only be cooler if they were actual pandas who were digging through the trash instead of raccoons with a mask. Still, it’s the best out there right now and I will not be entertaining arguments.
The Trash Pandas offense is middle of the road, ranking 5th in runs scored and OPS. They hit plenty of home runs – 32 of them, 10 more than the 3rd place team in the league and 6 fewer than Birmingham. What they also do is strikeout a ton. They lead the league with 272 of them. That could be bad news as they face off against the Lookouts who have the most in the league as a pitching staff.
The pitching staff has a 3.85 ERA, nearly identical to the Lookouts 3.83 mark. Unlike Chattanooga their rotation and bullpen splits aren’t extreme at all. The bullpen does walk a few more hitters than the rotation does on a rate basis, though.
Dayton Dragons at Lake County Captains
Dayton Dragons (14-10)
Dayton picked up their offense last week as they went 4-2 against Quad Cities. The Dragons are 9th in the league in OPS at .693, but that went up 15 points over the last week. Dayton ranks 8th in the league in home runs with 20, but the teams in 2nd int he league only have 23 so things aren’t as bad there as it seems on the surface alone. No team in the league is hitting .245 and Dayton ranks 3rd at .238 in the High-A Central.
The pitching staff for Dayton ranks 5th in ERA at 3.91. Dayton ranks 4th in the 12-team league in strikeouts with 243, but they have also walked the 2nd most in the league. Where the team sticks out is having allowed just 15 home runs, 2nd fewest in the league.
Lake County Captains (11-13)
Lake County has the worst offense in the league. They have scored just 84 runs, which trails Cedar Rapids by 15 runs – they are the only two teams under 100 runs scored in the league. Their OPS of .611 is also dead last, by far.
The Captains do have a strong pitching staff, ranking 2nd in the league with a 3.85 ERA. They are middle of the road in terms of strikeouts but near the top in least amount of walks.
Clearwater Threshers at Daytona Tortugas
Daytona Tortugas (12-12)
The Tortugas offense ranks 6th in the league in runs scored and 4th in OPS. They are hitting .226/.332/.387 as a team. They’ve been a different team at home than on the road, though, with a .644 OPS in Daytona and a league best .790 OPS on the road. This series, however, is in Daytona…..
The Tortugas pitching staff had a tough week as they went from a 2.30 ERA on the season beginning last week to a 3.44 ERA this week – now 2nd in the league. They still lead the league with a 1.29 WHIP thanks in large part to the team allowing just 131 hits on the season. That’s 37 fewer hits than the Mets and Tigers who are the next closest teams.
Clearwater Threshers (11-13)
The Threshers offense ranks 2nd to last in the league in runs scored at 101 through 24 games. Their .637 OPS ranks 8th in the 10-team league. They don’t walk much, ranking dead last with just 91 walks as a team, and they haven’t hit for much power on the season either.
The pitching staff has been strong, though, now leading the league with a 3.38 ERA and they rank 3rd in strikeouts as a staff while having fewer walks than any other team in the league. Their 1.31 WHIP is 2nd only to Daytona.
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