Originally Posted by muddie
Good job Doc, seriously.
Carolina is not a good baseball team right now and I don't see a lot changing anytime soon. Of the 10 teams in the Southern League, only two teams have a team ERA above 5.00. Carolina's ERA is 6.01. If that isn't bad enough, the five starters this year have a combined ERA of 8.15. The more you think about that number the more you have to shake your head. At the outset of the year pitching was advertised as the teams strong point. Believe it or not, the starters were being touted as the reason the pitching would be so solid. Daryl Thompson has the best starting ERA at 5.52.
I have to ackowledge Justin Freeman, Brad Boxberger, and Nick Christiani for being the bright spots as far as pitching goes. These guys have been very solid in relief roles.
As far as offense is concerned, the team batting average is .244. The team is ninth in the SL in hits. Holdovers Felix Perez is batting .170 and Denis Phipps is at .214.
The upside of this order is Puckett at .389, which is huge right now. Little Jake Kahaulileo at .300 and Jose Castro at .364. I like Kauhalileo a lot, but when he is one of your leading hitters, you have problems.
I looked at every league from low A ball up this morning and there is only one team with less wins than Carolina to this point. Ironically, it is Lynchburg with one win. I really had hoped the Reds last year here would have been a good one. One, because of the fans and the players. Secondly, I had hoped the Advanced A team would have a shot here year after next in the Carolina League. This being the third year Cincy has been here, is looking like the worst. Carolina finished last in both halves last year in their division but left a better impression than what is on the field now. There has been talent through here but most of that in the first year and a half. When you look at the Louisville roster you have to be proud of what has been through Carolina.
I do think the Mudcats have a good enough lineup to be moderately successful in their league. Starting pitching is the problem, and the guys doing decently in Bakersfield right now like Pedro Villareal or Lance Janke (six no-hit innings last night) or Josh Ravin are not going to be enough to turn the whole thing around. The latter's control is very inconsistent and the formers don't miss enough bats.
However, Yasmani Grandal can't be in High-A that much longer. Also, I'm really surprised at Felix Perez' slow start given his success last season and advanced age (27, IIRC). He's got to come around.