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By the Numbers – First Month

April 23, 2012

The Flying Squirrels are just over a month into their schedule. Let us take a look at how they stack up against the rest of the Eastern League.

Pitching:
Eastern League  ERA – 3.76
Eastern League WHIP – 1.36

Flying Squirrels ERA – 4.75 (11th out of 12 teams)
Flying Squirrels WHIP – 1.51 (10th out of 12 teams)

Top performers:
Michael Kickham: 12.1 innings, 10 H, 5 R (4 ER), 9 BB, 13 K, 1.50 WHIP (2.84 ERA)
Chris Heston: 17.0 innings, 9 H, 4 R (3 ER), 6 BB, 10 K, .88 WHIP (1.59 ERA)
Brett Bochy: 8.2 innings, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, .69 WHIP (0.00 ERA)
The Worst:
Chris Gloor: 6.2 innings, 9 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 8 K, 2.25 WHIP (9.45 ERA)
Edwin Quirarte: 7.0 innings, 11 H, 8 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 5 K (5.14 ERA)

Hitting:
Eastern League Batting Average – .259
Flying Squirrels Batting Average – .270 (3/12)

Eastern League Slugging Percentage – .400
Richmond Flying Squirrels – .354 (9/12)

Eastern League On-Base Percentage – .331
Flying Squirrels On-Base Percentage – .338 (4/12)

Eastern League OPS – .731
Flying Squirrels OPS – .691 (9/12)

Eastern League ISO – .168
Flying Squirrels ISO – .083 (12/12)

Top Performers:
Juan Perez – .297/.348/.375 — OPS : .723 — ISO : .078
19 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 15 K/ 4 BB
Chris Dominguez – .346/.358/.481 — OPS: .839 — ISO: .135
18 H, 4 2B, 1 HR 10 K/1 BB

Not So Hot:
Ehire Adrianza – .200/.319/.233 — OPS : .553 — ISO : .033
      12 H, 1 3B, 13 K/11 BB
Gary Brown – .200/.324/.250 — OPS : .574 — ISO : .050
12 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 K/6 BB

What to learn from the number:
– There is a lot of room for improvement with the pitching staff. For the most part the bullpen has been fairly solid. The rotation has had its fair share of hiccups. The hits will always be there against the pitchers, but they can limit the walks.
– The bats are there, but they are not as big as many imagined they would be. The approach as the plate seems to be fine as the Flying Squirrels are rank in the upper third of the league in OBP and about the middle of the pack as far a drawing walks. The ISO is what is so surprising. With hitters like Brown, Dominguez, Joseph, and Adrianza one would expect the team to be a bit better at collecting multiple bases per hit. This is almost inevitably going to see an upswing, and if/when it does, the team most likely will stop hovering around the .500 mark.

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