The usual custom of the Minor League Daily is to take a look at the standings each Sunday. Even though it is really, really early in the season I see no reason not to take a look. In case you’ve forgotten, Iowa plays a full season. They are the only team to do so. The other three teams play two half seasons.
That means that right around the All-Star break, a few weeks before, a first half winner will be declared in each division. That team has a guaranteed trip to the playoffs regardless what happens in the second half. And then the records reset and they play the second half with a second half winner declared that will also go to the playoffs. If the same team wins both halfs or if there are ties, different leagues handle it in different ways. We’ll figure it out when it happens.
Iowa (2-6) is tied for third in their four team Pacific Coast League American North Division. Even though the season is barely started, they already trail Oklahoma City by four and a half games.
Tennessee (3-6) is four games out of first and currently sitting in fourth place in their five team North Division. Jackson, the team currently playing the Smokies, is in first. A Smokies win today would take away a quarter of Jackson’s lead.
Down in the Carolina League, Myrtle Beach (2-8) holds the worst record in the circuit. By two full games. In their own Southern Division they are five games back of first, and three behind the three way tie sitting in second.
And then we have South Bend. The Cubs (6-2) are tied for first in the Eastern Division with West Michigan, have the second best record in the league (half a game behind Cedar Rapids), and are tied for the longest winning streak in the league at five games.
- Duane Underwood: 5 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 H, 6 K
- Cory Mazzoni: 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- David Bote: 1 for 4, HR
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, BB
- Chesny Young: 1 for 3, BB
- Oscar De La Cruz: 2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Scott Effross: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 K
- Jake Stinnett: 1 IP, 1 H
- Jesse Hodges: 1 for 3, BB
- Trey Martin: 2 for 4, HR
- Trent Giambrone: 1 for 1, 2B
- Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Wyatt Short: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Connor Myers: 4 for 5, 3B, BB, SB
- Vimael Machin: 4 for 6, 2B
- Jhonny Pereda: 1 for 4, 2 BB
- Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 6, 2B
- Tyler Alamo: 2 for 4, 2B
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 5
- Austin Upshaw: 1 for 5, HR
- Aramis Ademan: 2 for 5, HR
Low A: South Bend Cubs
Miserable weather in the Great Lakes area led to a postponement.
- Underwood needed just 73 pitches to get through his five innings, and he finished with seven ground outs and none in the air. Add in the zero in the walks column, and we might be getting near the point of being cautiously optimistic on Underwood again. We’ll see how the numbers look in a couple of weeks.
- I’m not even going to try to find a positive in De La Cruz’s outting. He got shelled, as simple as that. I do think his stuff is better than his results this season, so I’m not concerned yet. But that 16.50 ERA really doesn’t look good.
- Infielder Carlos Penalver pitched the ninth inning for the Smokies. He gave up a run on two hits, but allowed no walks in doing so.
- Bryan Hudson had a better game in his second start. He threw 77 pitches over 5 innings of work, and really didn’t pitch badly. His trademark extreme groundball ratio was on display (5 to 1), but he also allowed hard contact to the first batter in most innings. One doubled, another tripled, and there were some line outs in there as well. Coincidence? Or maybe his first at bat is predictable? If so, that’s an easy thing to fix before he moves up.