Another week is going to be getting started later today in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Dayton and Chattanooga will be at home this week, while Louisville travels to Toledo and Daytona is in Bradenton (and on MiLBtv this week!).
Louisville Bats at Toledo Mud Hens
Louisville Bats (11-18)
The Louisville Bats are coming off of their first series win of the year, going 4-2 against the St. Paul Saints. They’ll still have Aristides Aquino for this series as he continues his rehab. Louisville did hit a little better last week, but not much. The team OPS went up from .631 to .638, which is still dead last in the league by a wide margin. The Bats hitters strikeout far less often than any other team in the league, but they also hit for far less power than any other team in the league. Louisville has 16 home runs as a team. Three different teams have at least 48 home runs – three times as many as the Bats.
The pitching staff made big strides as they lowered their ERA from 4.30 to 3.98 during the series against St. Paul. They also moved from 10th in the league in strikeouts up to 5th in the 20-team league.
Toledo Mud Hens (14-15)
Unlike the Bats, Toledo’s offense is pretty good. They are hitting .261/.346/.430 as a team. Their .776 OPS ranks 6th in the league. The Mud Hens don’t strikeout much, ranking 3rd in the league in fewest strikeouts. They are middle of the pack with walks, ranking 10th in the league. Toledo isn’t much of a threat on the bases as their 12 steals are 19th in the league.
From a pitching standpoint they have a 4.22 ERA – ranking 10th in the league. They’ve given up 31 home runs – 4th most in the league. As a pitching staff they don’t walk many batters, but they also don’t strikeout many hitters – their 244 strikeouts on the season are 19th in the league.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos at Chattanooga Lookouts
Chattanooga Lookouts (17-12)
Two of the best teams in the Double-A South face off this week in this series. Chattanooga’s offense still ranks 2nd in the league in OPS while hitting .269/.345/.401. They are leading the league in both average and on-base percentage. Their 232 strikeouts are by far the fewest of any team in the league and their 18 home runs are second to last. But they have supplemented the lack of homers by leading the league in both doubles and triples.
The Lookouts pitching staff ranks 5th in team ERA at 3.86. They are leading the league with 313 strikeouts and their 104 walks is the third fewest. The starting pitching has been better than the relief pitching but the relievers made big strides last week as they dropped the bullpen ERA from 4.67 to 4.28.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (18-12)
The former Reds Double-A affiliate is coming to town to take on the current version. And they are bringing the best pitching staff in the league with them. Pensacola’s 3.30 ERA is easily the best in the league. So is their 1.10 WHIP. They miss bats, but more importantly, they walk no one. As a team they have walked just 79 batters in 262.0 innings this season.
While the pitching staff is outstanding, the Blue Wahoos offense has been quite poor. They are hitting .212/.316/.339 as a team with their .655 OPS ranking 7th in the 8-team league and nearly 100 points worse than Chattanooga’s .746 mark. As a team they strikeout often and they don’t hit for much power. They also have been dreadful on the bases, stealing 17 bags but being caught 12 times.
Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons
Dayton Dragons (16-14)
The Dragons offense moved forward last week against Lake County as they saw their OPS jump up to .703 from the .693 point that they were at entering the week. That’s still just 9th in the 12-team league, but it moved on up. The Dragons are hitting .240/.334/.369 on a year with 52 steals.
The Dragons pitching staff’s 4.62 ERA which is 7th in the 12-team league. That however is a pretty big split. The rotation has a 4.04 ERA while the bullpen has a 5.31 ERA and an incredible 95 walks in 115.1 innings.
Great Lakes Loons (16-14)
The Loons are hitting .231/.332/.404 on the season. Their .736 OPS is 5th in the league. They hit for some power and they get on base at a good clip. They’ve also stolen 50 bases and have been caught just 12 times. Great Lakes offense doesn’t stick out anywhere, but they are solid at nearly everything (compared to the league, at least).
The pitching staff has a 4.09 ERA – 3rd best mark in the league. They may be getting by on smoke-and-mirrors, though, as they are easily dead last in strikeouts as a team and they had the 3rd most walks. Oh, and they’ve also allowed the 4th most home runs in the league. Eventually that will catch up to them. Their starters have been good, posting a 3.13 ERA this year. But their starters barely pitch. In 30 starts the Loons had gotten a total of 69.0 innings.
Daytona Tortugas at Bradenton Marauders
Important note here: This series will be available to watch through MiLBtv. If you have the service don’t forget this – I’ve now reminded you twice in this article! It’s the only series you will be able to watch Daytona play all year – and unfortunately the team has an injured list full of Top 10 prospects right now.
Daytona Tortugas (13-17)
After a month of just dominating on the mound, the Daytona Tortugas pitching staff has run into troubles the last week-and-a-half. Their ERA has jumped up to 3.91 on the season – still 3rd best in the league. They have walked 181 batters with 326 strikeouts in 260.1 innings. Where they’ve found success is keeping the ball in the ballpark as they are tied for 2nd in the league in fewest homers allowed.
As an offense the Tortugas are hitting .225/.324/.381 with the 3rd best OPS in the league at .705. They are 2nd in the league in home runs and 3rd in doubles. They are also dead last in walks and middle of the road in strikeouts (7th, but only one behind the two teams in front of them.
Bradenton Marauders (19-11)
The Marauders have the 2nd best record in the Low-A Southeast. As a team they have a 4.20 ERA with 161 walks and 362 strikeouts in 266.0 innings. They miss more bats than any pitching staff in the league. The rotation has a 3.65 ERA while the bullpen comes in at 4.53 with 121 walks in 165.0 innings.
Offensively is where Bradenton stands out. They are hitting .234/.363/.381 as a team with the 2nd best OPS in the league (Tampa is still rocking an .880! OPS, but Daytona is in 3rd, 40 points behind the Marauders). They walk a lot, strikeout a lot, steal plenty of bases, and they hit for power.
6/8 Game Preview
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