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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Valley Cats Success Starts with the Starters

After Friday night's win, Tri-City has a 24-8 record and is threatening to run away with the Stedler Division title of the New York-Penn League.  One key to the Valley Cats' start has been the solid work of their starting rotation. 

A total of seven pitchers have made starts for Tri-City to this point:  Vincent Velasquez(6), Aaron West(6), Brady Rodgers(5), Brian Holmes(5), Joe Bircher(5), Juri Perez(4), and Lance Day(1).  Over 32 starts, these pitchers have posted a miniscule ERA of 1.93.  The combined statistics of the Tri-City rotation?  Innings Pitched-158 2/3; Hits allowed-130; Earned Runs Allowed-34; Walks-42; Strikeouts-139; WHIP- 1.08.

3 comments:

street said...
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street said...

It certainly starts with the starters, but the impact of 'finishing with the finishers' shouldn't be underestimated either...

Blake Ford: 13 G, 10 saves, 9.1 IP, 0 R/ER, 5 H, 6 BB, 12 SO (0.00 ERA / 0.87 WHIP);
Kenny Long: 12 G, 2 saves, 9.0 IP, 2 R/ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 4 SO (2.00 ERA / 0.78 WHIP);
Jermaine Cotton: 1W-1L, 11 G, 16.1 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 10 SO (1.65 ERA / 1.10 WHIP);
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Travs Ballew: 3W - 0L, 1 save, 9 G, 18.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 6 BB, 22 SO (0.49 ERA / 0.71 WHIP).

farmstros said...

Street,

I was thinking about doing something like this, but you beat me to it. Needless to say, a 24-8 team is getting contributions from everywhere. I'm sure there could be a post or two on the batters and defense too. Thanks.