Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chris Balcom-Miller was officially added to the Sea Dogs roster this morning. He will pitch Game 1 of tonight's doubleheader in New Britain. Reliever Santos Luis will go on the temporary inactive list (his wife is due to deliver their baby any day)..
The Sea Dogs currently have six starters, plus Brock Huntzinger on the DL with a cut finger. Things will be sorted out by the time Portland returns from a six-day road trip. Either someone will be promoted (Alex Wilson?) or they will play musical chairs with the staff, moving players on and off the roster.
One thing the Sea Dogs (13-34) certainly need is relief. Since Tommy Hottovy and Blake Maxwell have been promoted to Pawtucket, Portland has struggled in the bullpen.
Check out the following stats (and thanks to Sea Dogs scorekeeper Thom Hinton for providing them):
In Portland, Maxwell had a 1.38 ERA and Hottovy was at 1.93. The rest of the bullpen is at 5.18.
In terms of WHIP (walks/hits per inning), Maxwell was at 0.77, Hottovy 0.86. The rest of the bullpen: 1.50
Hottovy (2 IP) and Maxwell (3 1/3) both pitched Monday, allowing no walks or hits, while both striking out two. Hottovy's Triple-A ERA is 1.08, Maxwell's 2.19.
Felix Doubront started for Pawtucket, having just come off the disabled list: 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. (47 pitches/29 strikes).
In other pitcher news, top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo is being promoted from Class A Greenville to advanced Class A Salem. He was 4-1 in Greenville with a 3.33 ERA (50 K's/16 BB's in 46 IP).
Portland lost again (see the Press Herald story). Ryan Lavarnway (.263) hit his 11th home run, while fellow catcher Tim Federowicz (.273) had three singles as the DH.
Another catcher, Dan Butler, shined for Salem as the DH, hitting two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam.
Don't know if any of these catchers will be moving up in the coming months. There is a logjam, evidenced by former Pawtucket/Portland catcher Mark Wagner in Salem. In Pawtucket, Luis Exposito is struggling in his first Triple-A season (.210).
I'll check back later from Fenway.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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