Weekly Record: 3-3
Overall Record: 23-31
Standings: 3rd, 12.0 GB
Home Record: 16-10
Road Record: 7-21
Record in Last 10: 4-6
The Draft is tonight! I know the Royals are taking some guys tonight in the draft and I am so excited about that! Don’t forget to buy the eBook that we have for sale as it will have profiles on a lot of the guys whose name you hear called tomorrow. That being said, some good things happened this week for the Naturals.
Brady Singer made a start in a Naturals uniform! Gabriel Cancel hit 3 more home runs. Nick Heath stole bases 30, 31, and 32. Khalil Lee stole bases number 21 and 22.
Nick Heath had a .750 BABIP but struck out 10 times in 19 plate appearances. If Heath could just put some of those two strike pitches in play he would reach base more. His BABIP would decrease, but he would be on base more which means he would be able to steal more.
Meibrys Viloria showed some signs of life hitting .400. Again, like Heath, he had a BABIP of .667 but struck out 6 times in 16 at bats. If he can just clean up his two strike approach and cut down on the strikeouts he will be a better player. I think Viloria really tried to do too much at the beginning of the year and is bringing his effort level back into his ability level. When players over swing they lower their average, power, and on-base percentage.
Emmanuel Rivera hit two more home runs this week while hitting .471. He is swinging a hot bat but only managed to drive in 3 runs for the Naturals. Rivera also walked 4 times. He is seeing the ball really well right now.
I just realized that only Kort Peterson and Meibrys Viloria’s stats are not missing Sunday’s game stats. After some anger and thought, I’m just going to leave them. So know that Sunday’s game is not in their stats.
The Naturals pen had seven guys post double-digit swing and miss rates. That’s a good thing for them even though they had two loses as a unit. Five relievers posted an ERA of 0.00 this week.
Yunior Marte had 3.0 innings allowing no runs on 1 hit and 5 strikeouts.
Conner Greene continues to struggle with giving up hits and hard hit balls. He’s had several bad starts in the last few now.
Hopefully the Naturals get back on the positive sides of things with Singer making more starts. I wrote last week they needed to build some momentum heading into the second half and I still believe that. There is no chance left for the first half but they need the second half. The road games have killed the Naturals this year as evidenced by their 7-21 road record. Somehow this team needs to learn to play on the road. This team can still be a playoff team in the second half, but reinforcements haven’t arrived in bulk and their guys are still not hitting like they are capable as a team. It will happen eventually. Just hopefully we don’t run out of time before we get there.
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