Three straight wins for the Lugnuts, including an impressive 9-4 steamrolling of Fort Wayne yesterday.
The good: the offense, piling up 16 hits, and Chad Jenkins.
The not-so-good: the offense, stranding 15 men on base.
Right now, the most uncertain aspect of this Lugnuts team is their starting pitching. I have no idea what they're going to get out of their starter each day. Take for example today's starter, Ryan Tepera. Tep goes seven shutout innings in one start... then gets battered for six runs on nine hits... allows no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings... and then gives up seven runs in six innings. He's an enigma to me right now, searching for a consistently fine efforts.
If Tepera is outstanding today, the Lugnuts win. No question in my mind. If he isn't... we'll see.
The same goes for the rest of the starting rotation. Consistency is needed if the Lugnuts wants to compete with Great Lakes and Lake County for the division in the first half. The rest of the team looks just fine.
Starting lineup today:
Ryan Schimpf, 2B
Ryan Goins, SS
Brad McElroy, LF
Brad Glenn, RF
Sean Ochinko, 3B
A.J. Jimenez, C
Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B
Kevin Nolan, DH
Chris Hopkins, CF
Ryan Tepera, Starting Pitcher
On the bench: Karim Turkamani, Oliver Dominguez, Mark Sobolewski, Eric Eiland.