Sailing with the Clippers: 8/8/13 to 8/14/13
By Ethan Day
August 15, 2013
The Clippers are starting to make up some ground in the International League playoff hunt but they may be a little too late. With their recent 4-2 week, Columbus sits six games out of the Wild Card spot and seven contests behind the Indianapolis Indians for first place in the IL West with 18 games left to play. Stranger things have happened but the Clippers may need some magic in order to climb their way back into the post season.
The pitching staff has really turned things on as of late and are the primary reason why Columbus’ late season surge. On the season, the staff now ranks third in the IL with 1,122.2 innings pitched and is fourth in earned run average at 3.82. If the offense can match this type of output over the next two plus weeks, the Clippers could be in for an exciting finale.
Columbus is now just six games below .500 at 60-66.
The boys in blue opened the week with four straight victories against the Louisville Bats in two separate series. Right-handers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Paolo Espino lead the Clippers past the Bats in the first series with 9-3 and 4-1 wins at Huntington Park.
Both teams turned around and played a pair at Louisville Slugger Field but the result was the same. Left-handerT.J. House shut down the Bats in a convincing 8-1 triumph in the first contest and right-hander Trevor Bauermatched his rotation partner’s performance with a 6-1 win of his own.
Columbus’ four-game winning streak was snapped when the Clippers headed to Indianapolis to take on the Indians. Reliever Vinne Pestano blew a save with a 4-1 lead on Aug. 13 and the Indians ended up winning in extras. Matsuzaka lost his first game in four starts when a three-run sixth inning by Indianapolis toppled Columbus 3-2 the following afternoon.
T.J. House, SP
1 G, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 1.13 ERA, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB
House is quietly having a promising second half to the season after laboring through the first portion of 2013. Since the All-Star break, the left-hander has gone 3-1 in five starts with a 2.69 earned run average and tallied a total of 26 strike outs. He’s won his last three decisions including his most recent performance against Louisville on Aug. 10 where he allowed just one run across eight innings. On the year House is now 6-10 with a 4.46 ERA. This turnaround by the southpaw is definitely a promising sign for his future.
Jeremy Hermida, OF
7 G, .286 BA (6-for-21), .444 OBP, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 K, 6 BB
Hermida strung together a solid seven days and has now hit safely in 12 consecutive contests. In the past week, the outfielder hit .286 with five runs, one home run, three RBI, six strike outs, six walks and an impressive .444 OBP. Hermida is well on his way to making IL history as he leads the league in walks with 81 and is tied for the lead with 133 swings and misses.
Trevor Bauer, SP
1 G, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
After losing his previous three starts, Bauer rebounded and cranked out a winning effort in his last outing. Bauer surrendered one run on five hits with four punch outs and one free pass over six frames against the Bats on Aug. 11. The young right-hander needs to finish the season strong as that will only bode well for him with his likely September call-up to Cleveland.
Stranded at Sea:
Ezequiel Carrera, OF
5 G, .105 BA (2-for-19), .150 OBP, 2 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 SB
The fleet-footed outfielder struggled to get on base during this recent stretch of games. Carrera collected just two hits across 19 at-bats with two runs, no extra-base hits, four strike outs, one walk and no stolen bases. Despite going a week without swiping a bag, Carrera leads the team with 36 stolen bases and ranks third in the IL in that category. For that reason, there’s still a good chance that Cleveland will promote the outfielder come September for some additional speed off the bench.
Tim Fedroff, OF
5 G, .105 BA (2-for-19), .260 OBP, 3 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 SB
Fedroff was slightly better than Carrera this week, posting a .260 OBP and scoring three runs. He hit for an identical .105 average and racked up one RBI over five games. This season has definitely been one of ups and downs for Fedroff as he’s bashed the ball at times and then in other instances has scuffled mightily. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the outfielder in the near future. Come next season, Fedroff will be 27 and running out of options in the Cleveland organization.
2.27: Over the last 31 games, the Columbus pitching staff has accumulated an astounding 2.27 ERA (282.1 IP, 71 R) which includes a 1.70 ERA by the bullpen in that time (106 IP, 20 R).
.253: As of right now, Fedroff ranks 46th in the IL with a .253 batting average. But for qualifying hitters, Fedroff leads the Clippers in that category and if the season ended today, it would be the lowest team-leading average in franchise history.
On The Move:
RHP Preston Guilmet recalled to Cleveland
RHP Carlos Carrasco recalled to Cleveland
RHP Preston Guilmet optioned from Cleveland
RHP Paolo Espino transferred from Akron
8/15- @ Indianapolis Indians 7:05 p.m.
8/16- @ Indianapolis Indians 7:15 p.m.
8/17- vs. Norfolk Tide 7:05 p.m.
8/18- vs. Norfolk Tide 6:05 p.m.
8/19- vs. Norfolk Tide 7:05 p.m.
8/20- vs. Norfolk Tide 12:05 p.m.
8/21- OFF DAY
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