American Association All-Star Break Review: Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
In American Association Daily, this is the unofficial All-Star break in the American Association, so Robert Pannier takes a look at the St. Paul Saints and how they have performed to this point in the season and take a look at what to expect as the American Association heads to its stretch run.
A Look at the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks: Summary
Record: 34-27, First (Ahead by One Game in North Division)
Team Batting: Avg: .287 (3rd), HR: 50 (3rd), R: 303 (5th), SB: 63 (5th)
Team Pitching: ERA: 3.86 (3rd), Saves: 15 (T-7th), WHIP: 1.38 (6th)
Batting: Chris Jacobs (.357)
Home Runs: Charlie Valerio (10)
RBI: Keury De La Cruz (40)
Runs Scored: Brennan Metzger (49)
Stolen Bases: Tim Colwell (13)
Wins: Will Solomon (7)
ERA: Andrew Woeck (1.44)
Saves: Randy McCurry (10)
IP: will Solomon (75.1)
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Highlights
After dropping the first two games against the St. Paul Saints in early July, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have gone 13-5. This is a team that is looking like the club we expected when the season began. They are a top three team in offense and in pitching, and there is a great amount of depth in this lineup.
There were some who questioned if Michael Schlact was the right fit to take over the RedHawks, despite the fact that he led the team to a 16-8 record in the last 24 games of 2017. However, he has not withered under the limelight at all, and has made a couple of key moves this season, including the signing of Geoff Broussard, that has really helped to drive this team to the top of the division.
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Low-Lights
Fargo-Moorhead has hurt themselves by going 2-7 against Gary Southshore RailCats and they, unfortunately, only have three games left with their division rival. That doesn’t give them much opportunity to give themselves some additional room head-to-head.
Broussard looks to have resolved the issue with the back end of the bullpen. Randy McCurry dominated early on but has struggled of late, necessitating the move. Broussard will have to continue to deliver if this team is going to stay in the race.
Top Player – Charlie Valerio
One person that Schlact targeted in the off-season was Charlie Valerio, and he has been everything the team could have expected. Valerio is hitting .281, leads the team with 10 homers, and has 27 runs scored and 36 RBI. An injury has limited his time with the team to 45 games but, when he is in the lineup, the RedHawks offense is as good as any in the league. Plus, he has been an outstanding leader for the team as well.
Top Pitcher – Sebastian Kessay
Sebastian Kessay has been outstanding for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks this season, posting a 3-3 record in 10 starts with a 2.55 ERA. He has a victory against each of the other three contenders in the North Division, defeating the RailCats on June 3, the Saints on June 13, and the Goldeyes on July 6. The left-hander has struck out 54 and 59.1 innings pitched.
It had been our thought before the season began that Fargo-Moorhead would be the team to beat in the North Division the season, and that has not changed. As the summer has warmed up, so has the RedHawks’ performance and they are clearly the team to beat in this division.
By Robert Pannier