Not a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff going on today — The Wingnuts are trying to snap their one-game losing streak. I don’t think that really qualifies as a streak though, does it? According to the Baseball Bible, Major League, a streak doesn’t happen until a team gets to three wins or losses in a row.
So in lieu of giving Wingnuts updates, I’m going to complain about the ridiculous offensive numbers in the American Association. Too many high batting averages. I know most teams are now just approaching their 20th game, and it’s still a small sample size for these guys, but 39 of roughly 110 batters who played last night are hitting .300 or better.
To put that in perspective, it would be like MLB having 97 .300 hitters involved in a full slate of games on a given day. I’d say that’s a lot, probably. I’m not going to check because I want to feel confident in my outrage on this topic.
With such inflated offensive statistics, you can imagine that pitching is suffering in the AA. While I wouldn’t commend you for an elaborate imagination, you’d be right. Of 23 pitchers who appeared in Monday night’s games, 15 had ERAs of 4.00 or higher. Numbers are absurdly ridiculous (which kind of mean the same thing) in Amarillo, where Tim Alberts leads the league with a .477 average. That doesn’t do much for the legitimacy of Amarillo, but we already knew that place was a bandbox.
The point is, let’s get some pitchers in here. Soon.