On-Deck with the Captains: 6/5/13 - 6/11/13
It was an ugly week for the Lake County Captains as they went winless since last Wednesday. The team dropped seven games and was rained out one evening, dropping their record to a league-worst 20-41.
The offense continues to be problematic for the team and the starting pitching remains a nightly question mark. With the All-Star break approaching, perhaps a few days rest will be beneficial. The start of the short-season league may also have an impact, as some players may be sent down for some fine-tuning.
Josh Martin, RHP
2 G, 1 GS, 0-0, 4.2 IP, 1.50 ERA, 3 H, 9:2 K:BB
Martin has mentioned to me that he’s trying to work his way into consideration as a starter and he made a good case for himself this week. He received the start on Thursday and tossed three innings, his only blemish coming in the form of a solo home run. Martin also pitched in relief on Saturday, where we walked two and fanned five in 1.2 innings of work.
That’s four straight solid outings for Martin, which dips his ERA below 4.00 now. Through his last 10 games, he’s walked just four batters in contrast to 21 strikeouts.
Luis DeJesus, SP
1 G, 1 GS, 0-0, 5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 2 H, 1:3 K:BB
The lead story here is that DeJesus didn’t surrender any home runs. DeJesus leads the Midwest League in home runs allowed, but Saturday was a different case. Though he walked three, the minimal damage allowed is notable, especially considering DeJesus doesn’t pitch well with bodies on base – his ERA skyrockets to 14.82 with runners in scoring position.
DeJesus has pitched well in his last two outings, so perhaps the month of June will be kinder to him.
Joe Sever, INF
6 G, .361 BA, .417 OBP, .811 OPS, 9-for-24, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3:2 K:BB
Since his return to Lake County from high-A Carolina, Joe Sever has made an impact. He’s the only Captain to truly hit well over the past week and he’s hit well through most of the season. Last year, Sever made an offensive impact with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and it seems his bat will carry him until the organization can find a defensive position for him.
Walking the Plank
Ryan Merritt, SP
2 G, 2 GS, 0-2, 11.2 IP, 6.98 ERA, 19 H, 7:1 K:BB
It was an ugly week for Ryan Merritt, which has been a rarity through most of the season to date. Last Wednesday, Merritt surrendered six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and one walk. The three home runs he gave up were also a rarity, as he’d allowed just two long balls through the entire season beforehand.
Tuesday didn’t see any improvement as Merritt allowed another six runs, though only four were earned, on 11 hits and no walks. Merritt’s uglier outings tend to occur in clusters, as he’ll struggle for two or three games and regroup to pitch well for two or three, so hopefully he’ll return to the Smooth Sailing list next week.
Benny Suarez, RHP
3 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 4.1 IP, 14.25 ERA, 10 H, 6:2 K:BB
So far, Benny Suarez has not fared well in Lake County since he joined the team at the very end of May. Perhaps he’s still trying to adjust to a new league, but he’s certainly not adding positive contributions to an already struggling team.
Jorge Martinez, OF
6 G, .042 BA, .083 OBP, .125 OPS, 2-for-20, 3 RBI, 6:1 K:BB
Jorge Martinez remains comatose at the plate as he’s now hitting .178 on the year. Martinez is young and still has plenty of time to develop and showcase his skills as he’s only 20, but it seems that he may need to spend some time in Niles with the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who begin their season next week.
Taking On Water
No Captains were placed on the disabled list this week.
C.C. Lee was assigned to the double-A Akron Aeros after two near-perfect relief appearances with the Captains.
Mason Radeke was reassigned to the high-A Carolina Mudcats after one start in which he tossed five shutout innings, surrendering just one hit and one walk, striking out seven.
Robbie Aviles was reactivated from the seven-day disabled list after suffering a blister on his pitching hand. He had a rough outing on Sunday as he gave up five runs in 2.2 innings, but hopefully he’ll settle in once he grows accustomed to a routine.
Reliever Cody Penny joined the team from extended spring training in Arizona. Penny appeared in nine games with the Captains last season, where he pitched well with a 1.59 ERA. Penny’s first outing of the season was solid as he tossed 3.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out three.
All-Stars On Board
Two Captains were named to the Midwest League All-Star Team this year: Logan Vick and Louis Head. Vick had a hot start to the season and has tailed off as of late, but his bat alone has been an anchor in the Captains’ offense. Head has quietly been one of the most reliable arms in the bullpen with a 1.27 ERA.
On the Horizon
The Captains continue a three-game series in Fort Wayne this week before returning home for a four-game series with the Great Lakes Loons. The team will have a three-day break for the All-Star game before play resumes in Dayton.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.