By Scoop Fox
Hello everybody. Just when you thought that your week couldn't get any better it’s time for the 990WBOB PawSox Weekly Update. The playoffs are less than a month away and things are starting to tighten up. Unfortunately the PawSox are in a little pickle and if things don’t change, then something dreadful will happen.
Where They StandShould we press it?
After so many weeks of being in first place, Paw Sox are going cold at the worst time. In the first couple few weeks of August, they dropped 6 out of their 8 games in the month, including a getting swept in a crucial double-header against the Syracuse Chiefs. Right now they're at 61-58, which places them in 3rd in the IL North and 4.0 games behind the divisional leaders, the Rochester Red Wings.
Bonus: Going from Wild to Tame
With less than a month till the end of the IL 2013 IL season, the PawSox are currently sit at 61-58 (.513). They are now 0.5 games back of the 61-57 Buffalo Bison (.517) and the 62-58 Norfolk Tides (.517). If things stay the same for the rest of the season, then the PawSox will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
It's a Numbers GameNumbers Galore
Here are your up-to-date team stats for your Pawtucket Red Sox. If you baseball geeks are upset that there’s no WAR or RAR stat, then GTFO.
At the Plate:
In the Bullpen:
Player MovementsDon't know who will walk through
In past PawSox updates, there have been certain themes when it comes to player movements. We had the injury bug theme, the pre-trade deadline theme, and a post-trade deadline theme. This week’s theme is ‘The Revolving Pitcher’ where it seems like the only players moving around are pitchers.
New Kid on the BlockThere's a new pitcher in town
With a non-stop revolving door of pitchers coming and going, it seems like there’s a new face on the PawSox pitching staff. More recently, the PawSox called up RHP Anthony Ranaudo on August 2nd. Ranaudo was considered to be the #4 pitching prospect and #6 prospect overall in the Boston Red Sox farm system. He was drafted in the 1st round (39th overall) by Boston in the 2010 draft and spent most of his time in Single-A and Double-A. His off-speed pitch command (especially his curveball) has good consistency and accuracy while his fastball pitch command is considered to be spotty.
This past season, Ranaudo started the season in Double-A Portland. His stat line was as followed: 19 games started, played in 109.2 innings, went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA, gave up 80 hits, walked 40 batters, struck out 109, a WHIP of 1.09, and opponents batted .204 against him. After getting his call up to Pawtucket, Ranaudo started on Sunday, August 4th, against the Buffalo Bison. In his debut Ranaudo went 6.0 innings, gave up 4 hits, allowed no walks or runs, and struck out 5 in an 8-1 victory. Hopefully Ranaudo can help shore up and provide relief to a pitching staff that has been plucked apart by call-ups all season long.
After finishing up their 8-game road trip in upstate New York, the PawSox will get a much needed day off August 12th. Then from August 13th-16th, they’ll host the Louisville Bats for the last match up of the season between the two teams and the last match up for the PawSox against a team from the IL West Division. The PawSox lead the season series 3-1 and have a 19-9 record against teams from the IL West.
Then from August 17th-20th, it’s the final match-up against the Buffalo Bison at McCoy. Recently the two teams split their series in Buffalo 2-2 this last weekend and the season series is a dead even 6-6. However the PawSox are 3-1 against the Bison at McCoy and currently trailing them in the wild card standings.
That’s it for your PawSox weekly update. This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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