April State of the Chiefs…
Greetings Chiefs fans – We hope you’re enjoying the back-and-forth
activity of Mother Nature as much as we are.
It’s a cloudy and chilly Friday after a day of sunshine, which came
after an 80 degree day interrupted by a thunderstorm, which came after the
apocalypse rained down on Syracuse. It’s
been a bit of a mess for baseball – the Chiefs have been rained out four times
already this season and played in three doubleheaders.
Syracuse sits in last place in the IL North Division right
now at 7-14. No time to hit the old
panic button though – manager Randy Knorr will tell you it’s way too early for
that. Case in point: his Harrisburg
Senators last season got off to starts of 2-9 and 12-19. The end result? A trip to the playoffs.
With just two days left in April, here’s a look at some of
the players that have turned heads during the month:
- SP Craig Stammen. Stammen’s
got 54 games and 38 starts’ worth of big league experience, and he’s been the
most impressive pitcher of a good starting rotation so far. The righthander shut out first-place
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week with a seven-inning, four-hit, seven-strikeout
performance. Stammen’s 1-0 with a 1.93
ERA in three starts and ranks in the IL’s top five in opposing batting average
(.185, 4th), lowest BB/9 ratio (1.45, 5th), and fewest
baserunners/9 (7.71, 2nd).
- RP Cole Kimball. In
his first season at the Triple-A level, Kimball has been a force out of the
Chiefs’ bullpen. He’s pitched in 8.2
innings without allowing a run, scattering six hits while striking out nine in
the process. Kimball has collected one
win and three saves in his eight games, anchoring a Chiefs relief corps that
sports a collective ___ ERA.
- 2B Seth Bynum. It’s
been a season of peaks and valleys for the Chiefs second baseman. Bynum started the year off with four two-hit
games in his first five and sported a .360 average after six games. Then an 0-for-18 slump dropped his average down
to the low .200s. But Bynum’s rebounded with
at least one hit in six of his last seven games and at least one RBI in five of
his last six. He currently leads or is
tied for the team lead in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks.
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Until next time…