The Tigers currently sit on a bus heading to Vermont to begin a six-game road trip that will also take the team to Tri-City before returning home next Sunday.
It’s a week into the Connecticut Tigers season and of the seven games the team has played, four have been decided by just one run.
My observations on some statistical oddities over the first week of the season follow:
-The Tigers used four pitchers in Sunday’s loss to Tri-City. Montreal Robertson (5.2), Jake Sabol (1.2), Eric Heckaman (0+) and Joe Rogers (1). Believe it or not, that isn’t the most pitchers the Tigers have used in a game . The Tigers used six pitchers in Thursday’s loss to Lowell: Charlie Gillies (2), Tyler Barrett (1/3), Eric Heckaman (1.2), Efrain Nieves (1.2), Slade Smith (2) and Angel Nesbit (1).
-Both Jared Reaves and Danry Vasquez lead the team with two multi-hit games. Reaves is 5-7 in his last two games with two hits in game two of the doubleheader against the ValleyCats Saturday and three hits against Tri-City on Sunday. Vasquez put up four hits at Lowell on June 19 and two hits the next night against the Spinners on June 20.
-Vasquez’s four hit performance on June 19 was matched by Brett Harrison in the same game. Harrison (4-5, 1B 2 2B, 3B) drove in four runs in the Tigers’ 11-4 win @ Lowell.
-The Tigers starting pitching staff is averaging 4.1 innings per start. The bullpen has logged 30 innings over the first week of the season. That number should go down as the season progresses and the starting pitchers are allotted higher pitch counts.
We have an hour and a half left until the team arrives in Vermont. I’ll join you tonight for our first look at the Vermont Lake Monsters, the NYPL affiliate of the Oakland A’s, at 7:05 p.m. I’ll talk to you at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1310 WICH and online at the “listen live” link.