American Association All-Star Break Review: Winnipeg Goldeyes
In American Association Daily, this is the unofficial All-Star break in the American Association, so Robert Pannier takes a look at the Winnipeg Goldeyes 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 Winnipeg Goldeyes: Summary
Record: 26-36, Tied for Fourth (8.0 out of First in North Division)
Team Batting: Avg: .263 (8th), HR: 51 (2md), R: 303 (T-5th), SB: 42 (8th)
Team Pitching: ERA: 4.54 (8th), Saves: 16 (T-4th), WHIP: 1.46 (8th)
Batting: Reggie Abercrombie (.347)
Home Runs: Grant Heyman (12)
RBI: Josh Mazzola (48)
Runs Scored: Reggie Abercrombie (41)
Stolen Bases: Andrew Sohn (11)
Wins: Mitch Lambson (5)
ERA: Jack Charleston (1.39)
Saves: Victor Capellan (15)
IP: Alex Boshers (74.2)
The Winnipeg Goldeyes Highlights
Victor Capellan is tied for the American Association lead in saves with 15, despite not being as automatic as we have seen in the past. Considering that Winnipeg is only won 26 games, it’s a real testament to how vital the closer has been to the team.
Reggie Abercrombie continues to be a wonder, leading the team in average and runs scored, and he is second in RBI. This from a player who just turned 38. Abercrombie is a national treasure with how he has performed and what a great community guy he is. There is no doubt he will have a place in centerfield as long as he wants one.
Josh Romanski returned from Mexico and has been an instant catalyst for the team. In 31 games, he has a .325 average with 20 runs and 17 RBI, and homered in his first plate appearance since rejoining the team. It is unfortunate that the team has not ridden the momentum of his return.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes Low-Lights
On June 17, Winnipeg was 16-12, but they are 10-26 since, including losing seven games in a row at one point. The Goldeyes also lost eight games in a row at home, a franchise record. With just five victories in July, the team is already making some moves to start looking forward to next season.
Many are going to look back on the season and wonder what happened to that great starting rotation. The group that began the season with Edwin Carl, Alex Boshers, Charle Rosario, and Kevin McGovern looked like they could easily put together 55 victories between them, making them the likely division winner. However, Rosario headed for Mexico, Carl is hurt, and Boshers and McGovern have not had the kind of seasons we have seen over the last two years. That took a lot of the luster off of this team early on, and now the team is just trying to wade water.
Top Player – Reggie Abercrombie
Few teams have a player who has become the face of their franchise while also putting up unbelievable numbers season after season. Abercrombie is likely to reach double digits in doubles and home runs, double digit steals, score better than 60 runs, drive-in better than 50, and is in the race for the American Association batting title. They say that Father Time always wins, but Abercrombie is sure making it a close race.
Top Pitcher – Victor Capellan
While he has had some meltdowns, there is no denying that Victor Capellan is still one of the best pitchers in the American Association. Despite having an “off” year, the closer still is tied for the league lead in saves with 15 and is made 30 appearances already this year. He has walked just nine batters in 31.1 innings pitched while striking out 39.
There is no denying that the last two seasons the Winnipeg Goldeyes caught fire after the All-Star break and road those streaks to back to back league championships. One must also consider that Winnipeg is just 8.5 games out of first place, and there are two opportunities for them to get into the playoffs in this division. It’s going to take a complete turnaround by this pitching staff to get them back in the race, and McGovern and Boshers are going to need to combine to win 12 games down the stretch for them to make the postseason.
By Robert Pannier