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Sailing with the Clippers: 6/20/13 - 6/26/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 6/20/13 - 6/26/13
June 27, 2013
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It appears that the Clippers set their anchor at the beginning of June and forgot to pull it back up because they are going nowhere fast. Yet again, Columbus finished the week with a losing record, going 2-4 in six contests against Pawtucket, Lehigh Valley and Norfolk. Now seven games below .500 at 36-43, the Clippers sit 16 games behind front-runner Indianapolis in the International League West.

Columbus dropped their final home affair 3-0 against the Pawtucket Red Sox on June 20 to complete the sweep by the visitors. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs came into town in the following match-up and split the series at two games apiece. The Clippers took the middle games thanks to a strong outing by right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka on June 22 and a walk-off victory on a Omir Santos sacrifice fly the following day.

Norfolk defeated Columbus 6-3 in the opening game of the current series. The Clippers were up 3-1 in the third inning in June 26’s contest but rain suspended action. The completion of the game will be played prior to the original affair scheduled on June 27.

Catching Wind 

Tim Fedroff, OF
6 G, .444 BA (8-for-18), .565 OBP, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 3 K, 5 BB

Fedroff is on fire. The outfielder has hit safely in the last eight games and is posting a ridiculous .565 on-base percentage over the last week of play. No matter where he bats in the lineup, whether it be at the top or in towards the bottom, he’s continuing to find a way to get on and that only bodes well for a struggling Clipper team that‘s desperate for playmakers.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP
1 G, 1-0, 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 2 BB

Slowly but surely, Matsuzaka is working his way back from a left oblique injury sustained on April 28. The former All-Star won his first game as a member of the Clippers this past week in a 6-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on June 22. Hopefully that’s just the beginning step in the right direction for “Dice-K” and his comeback attempt. As the season progresses and the injuries begin to pile up, the Indians may need to delve into their farm system for a fill-in starter and if Matsuzaka is pitching anywhere close to his old form, he could be that guy.

Cord Phelps, 2B
4 G, .438 BA (7-for-16), .470 OBP, 3 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 BB

Despite not playing in the Clippers’ previous two games, Phelps was spectacular this week. In the four games he played in, he hit .438 with three doubles and a excellent .470 on-base percentage. Phelps has been lights-out since being inserted into the cleanup spot in the batting order on June 9. In that time he has hit .333 (20-for-60) and has raised his average 20 points from .254 to .274. The only knock on the infielder is that he has just 6 RBI since then. But if he continues to hit like this, the ribbies will undoubtedly come.

Stranded at Sea

Chun Hsiu-Chen, 1B
6 G, .105 BA (1-for-18), .565 OBP, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 8 K, 1 BB

Chen’s stint at the Triple-A level has been a roller coaster ride in the early-going. One week he’s red hot, another week he’s ice cold. This week happened to be freezing. In six games, the first baseman batted well below the Mendoza line with a miserable .105 average. He whiffed eight times in that span which included a pair of three-strikeout games. Columbus needs to see more consistency out of Chen if he expects to remain in the middle of the lineup.

Trevor Bauer, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 3 IP, 15.00 ERA, 6 H, 5 R, 1 HR, 5 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

In preparation for an expected start in one game of Cleveland’s doubleheader against the White Sox Friday, Bauer only pitched three innings in his most recent start ¾ but they weren’t pretty. The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits and walked three batters against Lehigh Valley on June 23. As of late, Bauer has been pitching particularly well for Columbus so let’s just hope this past game was nothing more than a speed bump along the road.

Juan Diaz, SS
6 G, .150 BA (3-for-20), .261 OBP, 2 R, 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 K, 3 BB

A week after hitting above .300, Diaz pulled a complete 180 and batted a measly .150 this week. Although he managed a homer run and three RBI, the shortstop was fanned six times and is currently riding a streak of five-straight games with a strikeout. On the season, Diaz has struck out 74 times in 226 at-bats ¾ nearly one-third of time.

Important Numbers

0: The Clippers have not won a single series in the month of June. They have split four and loss the remaining three.

9: Columbus currently has nine players on the disable list. The lengthy inventory of injured Clippers consists of relievers Matt Capps, Jerry Gil, Fernando Nieve, J.C. Romero, Giovanni Soto and Tyler Sturdevant, catcher Matt Colantonio, and infielders Luis Hernandez and Matt LaPorta.

On The Move

June 20

RHP Jerry Gil sent to 7 day DL (right forearm strain)

June 24

RHP Chen-Chang (C.C.) Lee added from Akron
LHP T.J. House recalled by Cleveland

June 25

OF Matt Carson sent to temporary inactive list
INF Ryan Rohlinger added from 7 day DL
RHP Benny Suarez added from Lake County

June 26

RHP Carlos Carrasco optioned from Cleveland


6/27- @ Norfolk Tides 6:05 p.m. (doubleheader)
6/28- @ Norfolk Tides 7:05 p.m.
6/29- @ Durham Bulls 7:05 p.m.
6/30- @ Durham Bulls 6:05 p.m.
7/1-  @ Durham Bulls 7:05 p.m.
7/2- @ Durham Bulls 7:05 p.m.
7/3- @ Toledo Mud Hens 7:00 p.m.

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