The Clearwater Threshers continue to struggle with a record of 4-8 on the season. The pitching has by far been the team’s strength as they have the 4th best ERA in the league at 3.32 and the 3rd most strikeouts with 94. Unfortunately their hitting has kept them from winning very many as they are dead last in the league in hits, and slugging percentage with only 20 extra base hits on the year.
Antonio Bastardo and Joe Savery have lead the way for the starting pitchers each posting impressive 0.90 ERAs on the year. Adrian Cardenas (.347), Matt Spencer (.302) and John Urick (.300) are the only Threshers hitters batting .300 or better, while five players languish at .200 or below.
Joe Savery has pitched in three games and owns a 1-1 record with a 0.90 ERA. He has 13K v 8BB in 20.0 IP with his best effort coming in his most recent outing. This past Sunday he went 8.0 innings giving up no runs while scattering five hits with four strikeouts and just one walk.
Darren Byrd has gotten off to a rough start this year. He has pitched just 7.2 innings in his two starts and owns a 9.39 ERA with 7K v 8BB. In his most recent outing, just last night, he went 5.0 innings giving up four runs on seven hits with four Ks and four walks.
Carlos Monasterios owns a 1-1 record after two starts though rightfully should be 2-0. He has a 2.70 ERA with 8K v 4BB in 13.1 innings, and has an impressive 3.14 GO/AO ratio allowing opposing hitters to hit just .173 against him. The only knock on him so far has been that he has allowed 3 home runs which have accounted for all four runs scored against him. In his most recent outing this past week he threw seven terrific innings giving up a 2-run home run with two outs in his final inning, but took the loss as the team’s hitting was nowhere to be found and the team suffered it’s first shuuout of the year falling 2-0.
Antonio Bastardo owns a 1-0 record after two starts with a terrific 0.90 ERA with 17Kv 5BB in 10.0 innings. Opposing hitters are batting .263 against him while lefties are hitting just .154. In his most recent outing Antonio was terrific through five innings giving up just three hits while fanning TEN and walking three.
Edgar Garcia rounds out the starting five with a 3.27 ERA with 9K v 1BB in 11.0 innings of work. In his outing this week he went five innings striking out five and walking one. He left the game with the Threshers leading 4-3 but could not get a win as the bullpen gave up two late runs.
Matt German remains untouched on the year having given up just one hit in 4.0 innings with 8K v 1BB and a perfect 0.00 ERA. His only mark against him is that he has 2 hit batsmen.
Brett Harker has been mostly solid out of the pen with a 1.69 ERA, 5K v 1BB, and 4 hits in 5.1 innings, but in his only appearance since last week he left abruptly with an injury described as a back spasm on Friday night. He went 1.1 innings with 3K and 0BB giving up a hit on his final pitch. At last report he is expected to be fine.
Sam Walls has finally returned this year after sitting out the entire 2007 season. He has pitched in four games this year going a total of 6.0 innings with 5K v 4 BB and a 2.50 GO/AO ratio. In his most recent outing he came in with bases loaded and the game tied in the seventh inning, but walked in the winning run, and then allowed three more runs before escaping the inning. He did settle down and go the rest of the way, but the Threshers offense could provide nothing more and the team fell 8-5.
Andy Cruse has really struggled this year out of the bullpen after starting four solid games for the Threshers last year to help complete their 2007 championship run. He has taken three losses in his four outings with a 10.29 ERA and just one K with 5 walks in 7.0 innings of work.
Adrian Cardenas continues to lead the team in offense with his .347 BA. He has only one walk on the season, but also only 6 strikouts in his 49 AB.
Matt Spencer is second on the team with a .302 BA and has one of only two home runs on the year. That home run proved to be the game winner as the Threshers shut out Lakeland this past Friday 1-0 behind an 18K performance from the pitching staff.
John Urick is the only other Threshers at .300 or better with an even .300 BA. He is tied for the team lead in RBIs at seven.
Gus Milner is tied with Urick for the RBI lead at seven, and has the only other home run for the team besides Matt Spencer, but is hitting just .179 on the year having picked up just 2 hits in his last 23 AB.