Two weeks into the 2007 season the Threshers are off to their best start in team history as they sit two games out of first place behind a red-hot Sarasota Reds team. The Threshers start a three-game set with the Reds on Thursday and will look to claim their rightful place at the top of the FSL Western Division standings after this series.The team had been at the top of the league in batting until one day ago when a 20 inning affair versus the Tampa Yankees brought down the entire team’s average, yet netted a win to keep them within reach of first in the division. The team remains second place in the division with an impressive 2.71 team ERA.So far it has been the team’s pitching that has kept them in the race. The team’s starting rotation has been Josh Outman, Pat Overholt, Carlos Carrasco, Dan Brauer, and Andrew Carpenter.Josh Outman is coming off an impressive season in Lakewood where he went 14-6, but after 3 appearances with two starts has struggled in
Clearwater. He has 11Ks with 9 BB and a 5.68 ERA in 12.2 innings of work. The good news is that in his latest outing he went 6.0 innings with only one run on 3 hits with five Ks which indicate that he has improved his numbers with each outing.
Pat Overholt has also pitched in three games with two starts and while his ERA stands at an impressive 2.93 his record is just 1-2. He has 14 Ks vs. just 5 BB. In his latest outing he went 5.2 innings with just 1 run on 6 hits with 7Ks and 1BB, but a lack of offense sent him down as the Threshers were shut out for the only time this year 3-0.
Carlos Carrasco has had 3 starts and has been solid in two of the three. With his latest outing he cut his ERA in half to 3.50 and has 11Ks against 5BB.
The pleasant surprises have been at the bottom of the rotation. 2006 draft choices Dan Brauer and Andrew Carpenter have shined bright. Both own miniscule 0.82 ERAs and have 3 wins in 3 combined starts. Brauer has 12Ks v 5BB while Carpenter has 9K v 3BB.
The bullpen has been solid for the team as well. Four pitchers, Charlie Weatherby, Wil Savage, Zac Stott and Deek Griffith, remain with 0.00 ERAs.
Mike Zagurski finished last night’s 20 inning game coming in with bases loaded and one out to get two Ks to end the game.
On the offensive side Greg Golson has lead the charge leading the team in hits, total bases, and stolen bases.
Jeremy Slayden has continued his hitting from 2006 leading the starters in BA (.295), OBP (.404) and RBI (T-6).
Mike Spidale who led the SAL in BA in 2006 got off to a slow start, but is tied with Slayden for the team lead in RBIs with 6.
So far it has been the best start for the team since becoming the Threshers in 2004 and the excitement is building in
Clearwater. On Tueasday the team played the longest game in Threshers history downing the Yankees 4-1 and followed it with a 5-1 win on Wednesday afternoon.
The team returns home on Thursday to face the division leading Sarasota Reds as they look to claim their rightful place at the top of the Western Division standings in 2007.