Ryan L. Fox
Hello to all PawSox fans. Welcome to another episode of the PawSox Weekly Notebook here on the WBOB Sports. After experiencing a successful week last week, the PawSox ran into some tough times during their road stay at Indianapolis. However it was just one minor hiccup along the way and with much more baseball left to be played, the PawSox will be able to bounce back from this minor inconvenience.
A Week in Review
Last week, it was a good time to be a PawSox as the team won 6 out of the 7 games that they played during that stretch. However this past week, not so much. The team started off with a 1-0 victory at home against the Louisville Bats, capping off another series win (3rd in a row). After a day off on Monday, the PawSox traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to face the Indianapolis Indians (the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) for a midweek series. While last week, the PawSox enjoyed lots of success, they ran into a buzz saw against the Indians.
It ended up being a 3-game sweep by the Indians over the PawSox, the third time this season where the PawSox were swept in a series (other times were at home against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders on April 28-30 and on the road against the Syracuse Chiefs on May 28-30). The PawSox were outscored 21-9 as the average run differential was -4. After Thursday’s game, it marked the last time these two teams would meet for the season (pending playoffs).
After finishing up against the Indians, the PawSox traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for a rematch against the Louisville Bats. Last week, the PawSox hosted the Bats for a weekend series at McCoy Stadium as the PawSox took 2 out of the 3 games. In the series opener on Friday, the PawSox crushed the Bats in a 9-1 beat down that included a 6-run 4th inning by the PawSox.
Where They Stand
As it current stands, the PawSox are fourth in the North Division of the International League at 34-33 (.507). This include a 17-17 record at home and a 17-16 record on the road. However, the PawSox are currently 5.5 game behind the Rochester Red Wings (40-28 (.588)) for the divisional lead. The elimination number for the PawSox is now at 70 games.
Now with the middle of the season approaching, it’s time to start paying attention to how the PawSox are doing in the Wildcard race. So far, they are 4.0 games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-29 (.567)) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (39-30 (.565)) with the Elimination number being at 72 games.
Just the Stats Jack
The following statistics are from players currently playing on the PawSox Triple-A squad as of 6/18. This excludes players who were called up, traded, currently on the disabled list, or currently on the temporary inactive list.
At the Plate
(*=min. 115 at-bats)
- CF Ryan LaMarre leads the team in batting average (.313)*, on-base percentage (.383*), stolen bases (11), and OPS (.858)*
- OF Justin Maxwell also leads the team in walks drawn (23) and hit-by-pitches (5)
- OF Chris Marrero leads the team in games played (62), at-bats (231), runs scored (27), hits (66), total bases (114), home runs (11), RBIs (33), and slugging percentage (.494)*
Start You Pitchers
(*= min. 50 IP)
- SP William Cuevas leads the team in innings pitched (68.1) and ERA (3.29)*. He also is tied with teammate SP Henry Owens for most game appearances (11) & game starts (11). Cuevas & Owens are also tied with teammate SP Sean O’Sullivan for team lead in wins (4 wins each)
- Owens leads the team opposing batting average (.228)*, hit batters (7), strikeouts (55), and strikeouts per 9 innings (8.3)
- O’Sullivan leads the team in WHIP (1.21)* and complete games (1)
Outta Da Pen
(*= min. 10 appearances)
- RHP Kyle Martin leads the team in game appearances (19), strikeouts (38), strikeouts per 9 innings (10.9), and games finished (13).
-LHP Robby Scott leads the team in in WHIP (0.90) and innings pitched (41.1). He is also tied with RHP Anthony Vavaro in team lead in bullpen wins (3 each)
- Vavaro leads the team in holds (4)
- RHP Pat Light leads the team in saves (4 each) and opposing batting average (.175)*
-LHP Wesley Wright leads the team in ERA (2.05)*
The following team transaction began from June 11 all the way to June 18.
- Placed SP Joe Kelly on 7-day disabled list (retro to June 9) with a right groin strain
- Sent SP Roenis Elias to Boston (MLB)
- Sent CF Ryan LaMarre & SS Deven Marrero to Boston (MLB)
- Received OF Rusney Castillo & Roenis Elias from Boston (MLB)
Just like last week, the PawSox will continue their weekend series against the Louisville Bats down in Louisville, Kentucky (6/18-6/19). After that, they will head back to McCoy Stadium for an 8-game. Five of those games will be against their International North division rivals, the Syracuse Chiefs. An interesting note about this series is that on Tuesday, June 20, there will be a doubleheader between the two teams. Game 1 will take place at 5:35 p.m. and Game 2 will commence half an hour after the finish of the first game. The reason why there is a doubleheader is to make a game on April 26 that was postponed due to weather.
Following the series with the Syracuse Chiefs, the PawSox then open up a 3-game weekend series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with the first game being played on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
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