One of the very few dim spots in an otherwise very nice vacation was that I was unable to keep up with the Minor League Daily while I was away. Sometimes the best laid plans simply don’t work out.
But that was last week. I’m back, the Daily is back, and just in time, too. The end of the minor league season is right around the corner, and that means we are on the doorstep of the playoffs. South Bend, Eugene, and Arizona have all already clinched a playoff slot, and I expect Myrtle Beach to join them within a few days.
Once the Pelicans are mathematically guaranteed to finish no lower than second in the division in the second half, their ticket to the postseason is assured. Currently they are in a tie for first place in the division with Salem (the first half winner), and no other team in the division is close. Myrtle Beach has a playoff magic number of three.
- Jake Buchanan: 7 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 7 H, 6 K
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 4
- Tim Federowicz: 2 for 4
- Jake Buchanan: 1 for 2
- Zach Hedges: 4.1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K. Despite this game, Hedges is quietly having a very good season.
- Juan Paniagua: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Ian Happ: 1 for 3, BB
- David Freitas: 2 for 3, HR, BB
- Lane Adams: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- James Pugliese: 5.1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Scott Effross: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Tommy Nance: 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 5, 2B
- Ian Rice: 3 for 5, HR. His homer in the ninth tied the game. His single in the tenth won it.
- Jeffrey Baez: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Jesse Hodges: 1 for 4, 2B
- Andrew Ely: 3 for 4
- Casey Bloomquist: 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Greyfer Eregua: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Alberto Mineo: 2 for 5
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4, 2B
- Connor Myers: 1 for 4, 2B
- Roberto Caro: 4 for 4, 2 SB
Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- If you are new to following baseball, you may be new to the concept of a Magic Number. And since you are going to be hearing it a lot in the next few weeks, an explanation is probably in order. The magic number refers to the number of team wins OR relevant opponent losses that will guarantee a particular event. In the case of Myrtle Beach, the “relevant opponent” is Winston-Salem. The Pelicans need to be assured of finishing no lower than second, and the current third place team is Winston-Salem. Any combination of Myrtle Beach wins and Winston-Salem losses that adds up to three will guarantee the Pelicans no worse than a second place finish. Thus, the Pelicans have a magic number of three.
- At one point Gerardo Concepcion seemed to be a lock to return to Chicago when rosters expanded, and given that he is on the 40-man roster it still makes sense for him to get the call, but I’m not sure how often he would be used. His second half of the season has been a disaster. Starting in June, his monthly ERAs are 5.19, 9.58, 16.20. Compared to his really good early season work, the walks are up, the strikeouts are down, the homers are way up, and the results just aren’t there.