The Scrapperbook: Week Four
Overall Record: 11-16 (1-5 this week). Fifth place, 6.5 games behind Jamestown.
Week Four Games:
10 vs. Vermont, L 4-10 (WP: M. Herrera; LP: J. Ehlert)
11 vs. Hudson Valley, L 4-6 (WP: O. Bencomo; LP: J. Goryl)
12 vs. Hudson Valley, L 5-10 (WP: M. Sierra; LP: O. Dew)
13 vs. Hudson Valley, W 4-2 (WP: D. Dickerson; LP: J. Dettrich; SV: J. Ehlert)
14 @ Brooklyn, L 4-7 (WP: H. Bennett; LP: T. Nakamura; SV: R. Fraser)
15 @ Brooklyn, L 4-7 (WP: S. Taveras; LP: J. Ramirez; SV: J. Figuereo)
07/10/10: Wyatt Toregas assigned to Columbus Clippers from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
07/12/10: Joseph Mahalic assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Kinston Indians.
07/12/10: Asdrubal Cabrera assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from Cleveland Indians.
07/14/10: Asdrubal Cabrera assigned to Akron Aeros from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
07/14/10: Julio Ramirez assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from DSL Indians.
Week 4 Offense:
The offense can be summed up in by simply saying they're a disaster. This week, 25 runs crossed the plate (22 earned), while cracking 56 hits. They were consistent, though, this week, scoring 4 runs in 5 of their 6 games, and scoring 5 in the other. They also pounded out at least 7 hits in every game. But, then there's the bad news. This team is in the basement in almost every offensive category you can possibly think of. They're last in the league in batting average (.227), hits (209), stolen bases (11, while being caught 7 times), SLG (.313), and OPS (.622). They also rank fourth to last in runs (116), third to last in RBI (91), fourth to last in doubles (40), tied for second to least in home runs (9), and second to last in OBP (.313). They also rank sixth in the league in strikeouts (208, compared to 100 walks). It can go without saying that this offense needs a spark . . . and fast.
Week 4 Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Burnette
It's no surprise that Burnette has earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth straight week. In an offense that struggles night in and night out, Burnette has been the one bright spot for this team and still remains in the lead on the team in nearly every offensive category: average (.300), hits (30), doubles (6), triples (2), home runs (4), runs (16), OPS (.860), and SLG (.520). He also ranks second on the team in on-base percentage (.340) and RBI (14). He's been a pleasant surprise so far.
Week 4 Pitching:
Even more disastrous than the hitting was the pitching, allowing 41 runs (37 ER), while allowing 65 hits. While these numbers are down from last week, take into consideration one extra game was factored in last week. When your team is struggling to score runs, you need to rely more heavily on your arms to shut the opposing team down. But, it's just not happening right now. The team ERA jumped from 4.39 last week to 4.80 this week, which ranks second highest in the league. They have also allowed the most hits in the league (264), second most runs (154), second most earned runs (129), and tied for first in most home runs allowed (20). Bottom line, the pitching needs to get it done to give this team a fighting chance. Early in the season, pitching was winning games for this team. But now that it's gone south, the team as a whole has gone south.
Week 4 Pitcher of the Week: Alex Kaminsky
In a week that the pitching just looked awful, I actually considered three players for this honor: Alex Kaminsky, Mike Rayl, and Jordan Cooper. All three were impressive in their own ways this week, but I gave the slight edge to Kaminsky who started in two games, going 9.1 innings, allowing 5 hits, and 3 earned runs. He surrendered 6 walks and struck out 9.
Looking Ahead to Week 5:
16 @ Brooklyn, 7:00 PM
17 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 PM
18 vs. Williamsport, 5:05 PM
19 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 PM
20 @ State College, 7:05 PM
21 @ State College, 7:05 PM
22 @ State College, 7:05 PM
Week 5 Promotions:
07/17/10: Buffett Night with Post-Game Fins to the Left Concert, Kids Eat Free
07/18/10: Cedar Point's PEANUTS Snoopy Character Appearance, PNC Family Fun Day, Big Reach Center of Hope Canned Food Drive
07/19/10: Game Show Night, Ohio Lottery Power-Play Promotion, McDonald's Mondays