Archive for May 6th, 2008

A-Rod To Trenton Tuesday?

May 6, 2008

I’ve laughed off the idea for quite some time now, but this now appears to be a legitimate possibility.

Peter Abraham reports that the tentative plan for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez includes the chance of him playing rehab games next Monday and Tuesday.

While the Thunder are off on Monday, the team is home on Tuesday night against the Portland Sea Dogs.

The phrase “absolute freaking circus” comes to mind if he were to play in Waterfront Park, and especially considering Scranton is on the road in Indianapolis and Louisville during the proposed rehab game dates, it really could happen.

If it were to happen, my guess would be you’ll see him Tuesday night in the field, and then on Wednesday for the 11:05 AM game as the DH.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 33: Trenton @ Erie

May 6, 2008

Game 33 – Trenton Thunder @ Erie SeaWolves
May 6, 2008
Jerry Uht Park – Erie, PA

Pitching Matchup: TRE Dan McCutchen (3-2, 2.33) vs. ERIE Andrew Kown (2-2, 7.00)

Starting Lineups:

Trenton

1 – Ramiro Pena, SS
2 – Austin Jackson, CF
3 – Colin Curtis, LF
4 – Edwar Gonzalez, DH
5 – Cody Ehlers, 1B
6 – Jose Tabata, RF
7 – P.J. Pilittere, C
8 – Chris Malec, 3B
9 – Kevin Russo, 2B

Erie

1 – Guzman
2 – Rhymes
3 – Ramirez
4 – Scram
5 – Worth
6 – Ryan
7 – Frazier
8 – Leon
9 – Roberson

Pre-Game Notes: Former Trenton Thunder pitcher Tim Lavigne has signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. He joins several other Thunder alums in the league, including Jamal Strong (Long Island), Mike Rose (Long Island) and Juan Francia (Lancaster), just to name a few.

The pitching matchups for the rest of the series are:

5/7: TRE Phil Coke (1-1, 4.91) vs. ERIE Danny Christensen (0-3, 3.77)
5/8: TRE Jason Jones (4-0, 2.19) vs. ERIE Josh Rainwater (2-1, 4.74)

Radio Links: Click here for the links to each team’s broadcast.

Live Box Score: The MILB.com direct link is here.

Around the Eastern League: For scores from around the EL, go here.

My vote for the Eastern League’s Player of the Month was also the majority vote as well, as New Britain’s Luke Hughes was announced the league’s POTM for April.  Hughes currently leads the league in batting average (.385), home runs (9), hits (47), on-base percentage (.449), extra-base hits (18 ) and runs scored (29).

Final Score: 5-2, Thunder

Post-Game Notes: Another gem from Dan McCutchen.  He actually would have escaped with seven scoreless had he not been left in for the eighth inning, where he promptly gave up a home run.

J.B. Cox made it interesting at the end, but the Thunder hung on for the win.

With Alberto Gonzalez headed down to Scranton, I’ve heard a familiar face will be on his way back to Trenton.  Stay tuned…

Thunder Thoughts: Just as a reminder, I do not cover road games.  I am hoping to take a trip with the team at some point this season, but in general, I am not with the club on the road.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Thunder Thoughts Tuesday Power Rankings

May 6, 2008

And this time, they’re actually posted on a Tuesday!  Imagine that…

Dan McCutchen stays on top for another week, but a surprise #2 and a big jump from a certain outfielder mark this week’s installment.

Feel free to discuss these rankings in the comments.

1 – Dan McCutchen, SP (1)

Despite the 3-2 record, McCutchen has been nothing short of dazzling so far this year.  A K/BB ratio of nearly 5:1 and a WHIP under one cement his spot at the top yet again.

2 – P.J. Pilittere, C (3)

Pilittere’s .315 average leads the team, and his walk-off RBI single on Sunday gave the Thunder a three-game sweep of division rival Portland.

3 – Colin Curtis, OF (2)

Has really impressed me this year.  I think he’s really taking advantage of having finished last season in Double-A, and the numbers show.  Is no worse than a tie for 3rd on the team in the three major offensive categories.

4 – Chase Wright, SP (4)

SCW is tied for the team lead with four wins, and currently has the most innings pitched with 42.2

5 – Jason Jones, SP (5)

Hasn’t been on the wrong end of a decision yet, and is averaging over six innings a start.

6 – Austin Jackson, OF (7)

A-Jack still needs to improve with runners in scoring position, and also needs to show that he has some power, as he’s yet to hit his first Double-A dinger.

7 – Cody Ehlers, 1B (11)

Ehlers leads the team in extra-base hits with 17 and is second in RBI with 20.

8 – Zach Kroenke, RP (10)

As the lefty out of the pen, Kroenke needed to be good and has been ever since a rough outing or two at the start of the year.  Allows a tick under one baserunner per inning.

9 – George Kontos, SP (16)

His 33 strikeouts are good for second best on the Thunder, but keep in mind that one third of them came last night.  Had only 22 in his other six starts.

10 – Ramiro Pena, INF (15)

Needs to make better choices defensively, but he’s hit fairly consistently for the first month of the season.

11 – J.B. Cox, RP (14)

Three scoreless outings.  No walks, only two hits.  Yup, no complaints here.  Just need to see it over a longer period of time.

12 – Phil Coke, SP (21)

Finally put together the solid start that everyone was waiting for.  The former high school wrestler has a 3:1 K/BB ratio, but has the highest WHIP of the Thunder rotation.

13 – Jose Tabata, OF (24)

Saying that he’s raised his average to .229 isn’t saying much, really…but when you consider just how much he’d been struggling for the past week, and what he essentially put himself through as a result, it’s great to see him turn things around so quickly.

14 – Eric Wordekemper, RP (13)

Wordy has been solid, leading the relievers with both five saves and 12 appearances.

15 – Kevin Russo, INF (9)

Russo’s .911 OPS leads the team, and is one of only three Thunder players who doesn’t have more strikeouts than walks.

16 – Anthony Claggett, RP (NR)

More of a reputation selection, really.  Claggett had a somewhat rough first outing, but the majority of the damage was through no fault of his own, as his defense really let him down.

17 – Bo Hall, RP *18*

Was absolutely filthy in his last outing, striking out four in two innings of work.  It’s difficult to put him at #17, but this is a pretty deep team.

18 – Chris Malec, INF (19)

Malec has six errors this season?  How?  When did these happen?  How did I not know this stat?

19 – Josh Schmidt, RP (12)

Isn’t getting the appearances needed to make an impact.  Hard to believe that the guy who was throwing an inning for Scranton in the exhibition game turned into the odd man out in the bullpen.

20 – Joe Muich, C (23)

Probably needs to start making an impact pretty soon with the glut of catching the Yankees organization has.

21 – Michael Gardner, RP (17)

Is Tony Franklin’s primary innings eater out of the bullpen, but it would be easy to get uncomfortable at times seeing him used in key late game situations.  His 1.62 WHIP is the second highest on the team.  Has to find a way to cut the walks down.

22 – Reegie Corona, INF (22)

Defensively, Corona’s been very sharp, but the bat isn’t following suit.  Ranked 22nd three straight weeks.

23 – Carlos Mendoza, INF (20)

Has more walks than strikeouts, but only has 22 at-bats all season.

24 – Edwar Gonzalez, OF (NR)

Has only two hits in his first 12 at-bats.  If I gave incompletes, I’d do that instead of sticking him at #24…

NEW ON THE BOARD: Anthony Claggett and Edwar Gonzalez

OFF THE BOARD: Matt Carson and David Robertson — both promoted to Scranton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com