Today begins another new set of 6-game series in the farm system. Daytona and Dayton will play hosts this week while both Chattanooga and Louisville hit the road.
Louisville Bats at Omaha Storm Chasers
Louisville Bats (12-23)
It was a tough week for Louisville – and there’s been a lot of those this year – as the Bats went 1-5 against Toledo, who entered the week below .500. The Bats offense continues to be the worst in the league, though their league worst OPS did go up from .638 to .641 over the past week. They are hitting .213/.315/.328, ranking last in average, slugging, runs, and home runs in the Triple-A East. Louisville has fewer strikeouts than any team in the league by a wide margin, but all of that contact hasn’t led to any offensive success.
The pitching staff had a poor week as they watched the team ERA jump from 3.98 to 4.41, which now ranks 11th in the 20-team league. They did move up to 3rd in the league in strikeouts where they now have 360 in 304.1 innings pitched.
Omaha Storm Chasers (25-10)
Omaha has the best record in the league. Louisville has the 18th best record in the league. The two teams can’t be much more different on offense. Omaha’s offense leads the league in OPS, hitting .275/.347/.503 as a team with a league best 68 home runs. Louisville, by comparison, has 19. The Storm Chasers don’t walk much, but they make contact often enough compared to the league and when they do, they do damage.
Their pitching staff ranks 9th in the league with a 4.24 ERA and are middle-of-the-pack when it comes to walks, strikeouts, and home runs allowed.
Chattanooga Lookouts at Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga Lookouts (20-15)
The Lookouts split their series last week with Pensacola as two of the best teams in the league played. Chattanooga’s offense still ranks 2nd in the league with a .744 OPS – posting a .271/.346/.398 line on the year. They have the fewest strikeouts in the league by a wide margin – they have 274, while Birmingham is the closest team with 336. The Lookouts also lead the league with a .271 average. Chattanooga is 7th in home runs with just 21 of them on the year – only Tennessee has fewer, with 20.
The Lookouts pitching staff has a 3.79 ERA on the year, which is 3rd best in the 8-team league. They lead the league in strikeouts and are 3rd in WHIP. Chattanooga has also allowed the 2nd fewest home runs in the league, giving up just 28 on the season.
Tennessee Smokies (11-23)
The Smokies have the worst record int he league. Their offense has scored the 4th most runs in the league and they are hitting .227/.322/.348 on the year with a league worst 20 home runs.
The issue has been with their pitching, which has the 7th worst ERA in the league at 4.72. They’ve given up the 2nd most home runs in the league and they walk a batter every other inning. They do miss plenty of bats, though, striking out 340 hitters in 301.1 innings.
Fort Wayne TinCaps at Dayton Dragons
Dayton Dragons (20-16)
The Dragons took their series last week over Great Lakes, going 4-2 in the 6-game set. That gives the Dragons the 2nd best record in the league at 20-16. Dayton’s offense is 9th in the 12-team league in OPS, hitting .239/.328/.374. They have taken advantage of their opportunities, though, scoring the 5th most runs in the league.
The pitching staff has a 4.78 ERA, which ranks 7th in the league. They miss a whole lot of bats, ranking 2nd int he league with 367 strikeouts, but they also walked plenty of batters as they rank 3rd in the league in walks.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (16-19)
The High-A Central has plenty of parity, with the worst team in the league sitting at 15-21 on the year. Fort Wayne is just one game better than that in the win column, sitting at 16-19. The TinCaps offense is hitting .234/.338/.372 as a team – good for the 8th best OPS in the league. Their 21 home runs are 2nd fewest in the league and their 396 strikeouts are 3rd most in the league.
It’s the pitching that’s been a real problem for Fort Wayne as their team ERA sits at 5.39 – 2nd worst in the league. They don’t walk many batters, but they also don’t strikeout many hitters compared to the league, either. They’ve struggled to keep the ball in the park, giving up the 3rd most homers in the league.
Palm Beach Cardinals at Daytona Tortugas
Daytona Tortugas (15-21)
The injury count may be catching up for Daytona. Last week they went 2-4 against Bradenton. The Tortugas offense is hitting .231/.327/.385 on the year, 4th best in the 10-team league in OPS. They are 2nd in the league in home runs with 33 (but somehow 21 behind Tampa!). Where the Tortugas offense struggles is drawing walks, ranking dead last in the league with 148 of them.
The pitching staff, which at one point a few weeks ago led the entire minor leagues in ERA, now sits 4th in the league with a 4.25 ERA. The team misses bats, striking out 379 batters in 309.0 innings. But they also walk a ton of hitters, handing out 222 free passes along the way.
Palm Beach Cardinals (11-25)
The Cardinals are the worst team in the league – 3.5 games worse than Dunedin and Lakeland. They are hitting .223/.334/.337 as a team – 6th best OPS in the league. They don’t walk much, but they don’t strikeout much compared to the league, either.
It’s the pitching that’s been the real issue for Palm Beach. Their ERA of 5.80 is dead last in the league by a wide margin. They’ve walked 230 batters in 307.0 innings while hitting 40 – both numbers are the worst in the league. They’ve also given up the most hits in the league.
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