Sailing with the Clippers: 7/25/13 to 7/31/13
The Clippers are staying afloat with a solid month of July where they went a respectable 16-15. Their starting pitching lead by Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Daisuke Matsuzaka continues to be a bright spot for the team. The offense is sporadic, having big games at times and then going completely cold so Columbus definitely needs more consistency from that aspect.
In the past week the Clippers racked up a 3-4 record and are now 53-60 on the year. They remain in third-place in the International League West behind Louisville (2 games) and Indianapolis (12 games). The door to the playoffs is closing fast and Columbus is running out of time. It’s going to take a phenomenal August for them to even sniff the postseason but even that doesn’t seem likely.
The Clippers began the week by dropping a close 7-6 contest to the Buffalo Bisons on the road . They returned home to Huntington Park for an eight-game homestand with the Durham Bulls and Buffalo.
They split the first series with the Bulls, seizing the first and fourth affairs by scores of 3-2 and 5-4. Columbus wasted an opportunity to take game three after a lights-out outing by Salazar but Durham right-hander Jake Odorizzi was just as spectacular and silenced the Clipper bats in the 4-1 victory.
Buffalo edged Columbus 1-0 in the opening match-up of the next series. The Clippers responded with a win in the following game by ousting the Bulls 3-2 behind a solid six-inning effort by left-hander T.J. House. The final pair of games will be played August 1 and 2.
Recently demoted reliever Vinnie Pestano tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s contest, striking out a batter as well as walking one as well.
Danny Salazar, SP
1 G, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 11 K, 1 BB
Salazar absolutely dominated in his start against the Durham Bulls on July 28. Although he threw just 75 pitches, the right-hander fanned 11 batters and allowed three hits in five shutout innings. Salazar pitched exceptionally well in July, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.82 earned run average. It’s almost certain that the flamethrower will be recalled to Cleveland again this year. The question is: Will he be a starter or reliever?
Ryan Rohlinger, INF
7 G, .391 BA (9-for-23), .440 OBP, 5 R, 2 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 K, 2 BB
Rohlinger has stepped up his play as of late. His output as a run producer is still low but the infielder has been finding ways to get on base. He batted an impressive .391 this past week while boasting a .440 on-base percentage and scoring five runs. When the Clippers receive production from the lower half of their lineup, their performance on the field enhances ¾ as it should. Rohlinger needs to maintain this high-level of play for Columbus to climb their way back to .500.
6 G, .333 BA (7-for-21), .417 OBP, 4 R, 2 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 3 BB, 3 SB
After a tough offensive drought by Carrera several weeks ago, the outfielder seems to finally be turning things around. He’s been reinserted into the leadoff spot and has excelled in that role. During the previous seven game, Carrera notched three multi-hit games and has swiped three bags as well. The speedster is a catalyst for this Clippers’ lineup so it’s definitely a good sign that “Zeke” is heating up.
Stranded at Sea:
Tim Fedroff, OF
7 G, .083 BA (2-for-24), .214 OBP, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 K, 4 BB
Fedroff continues to struggle at the plate, collecting just two hits in 24 plate appearances over the last week. As an everyday player, numbers like these are not going to get the job done. But knowing the kind of player that Fedroff is, it’s only a matter of time until the outfielder snaps out of his funk and starts playing better.
Jeremy Hermida, OF
6 G, .136 BA (3-for-22), .208 OBP, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 10 K, 2 BB
The strikeouts keep piling up for Hermida who whiffed a total 10 times in the past week and has amassed an eye-catching 122 strikeouts through 104 games in 2013. He also had multi-strikeout performances in four of the six games he played this week. Hermida has looked lost at the plate and his average has plummeted to .241. Earlier in the year, the outfielder was at least drawing walks but his patience at the plate seems to be dwindling as well. As a staple in the middle of the Clippers’ order, Hermida isn’t fulfilling expectations with his poor play.
18: The Clippers play 18 of their remaining 31 games at home.
5: Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has now pitched five-straight games of six innings or more. He’s gone into the eighth inning twice in that span and has also chalked up a 2-2 record with a 2.81 ERA during that time.
On The Move:
RHP Joe Martinez designated for assignment
RHP Vinnie Pestano optioned from Cleveland
7/31- vs. Buffalo Bisons 7:05 p.m.
8/1- vs. Buffalo Bisons 7:05 p.m.
8/2- vs. Buffalo Bisons 7:15 p.m.
8/3- @ Toledo @ 7:00 p.m.
8/4- @ Toledo @ 6:00 p.m.
8/5- @ Toledo @ 7:00 p.m.
8/6- vs. Toledo 7:05 p.m.