If that headline doesn’t make you read this blog post, I’m not sure what will. Through five games this season, the Syracuse Chiefs are the most prolific run-scoring team in the Triple-A International League. They’ve scored 42 runs, seven more than second-place Pawtucket.
*The Chiefs are outscoring all but two teams in the Pacific Coast League, the other Triple-A circuit which is known for its thin air, mountaintop ballparks and flying baseballs. The IL scored 8657 runs in 2012, while the PCL plated 11,765 runs. That’s 3108 more runs.
*The Chiefs are one of two International League teams hitting over .300 as a group. Syracuse’s .320 average is second only to tonight’s opponent, Buffalo. The Bisons have a hit in every three at-bats, .333.
*With nine home runs, the Chiefs are second in all of minor-league baseball. The Stockton Ports of the Advanced-A California League have 12. No other team has eight.
*Jeff Kobernus, the Chiefs’ two-hole hitter, has a batting average of .579, fifth-best in all of the minors.
*Jimmy Van Ostrand, who hit from the nine position last night, is tied for ninth in the minors with a .538 average.
*Zach Walters, with four home runs in five games, is third in the minors with 20 total bases this season.
Yes, all of this is through just five games, but the Chiefs offense–in a 4-1 start–has been outstanding.
Catch tonight’s game at 6:05 on the Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Network.