Monday, March 2, 2015

The 2015 Lugnuts Visual Schedule

Links:* The Lugnuts' Job Fair was held on Saturday! Here's WILX's Joy Wang, on the scene.
* Indiana Pacers broadcaster Mark Boyle will be broadcasting Cape Cod Baseball this summer.
* The National Post's John Lott profiles outfielder (and likely 2015 Lugnut) Anthony Alford.
* And Blue Jays From Away takes an educated guess at the Lugnuts' 2015 pitching corps.
Baseball is back! In a way... the Toronto Blue Jays' first intrasquad game is today at 11 a.m., followed by their first exhibition game tomorrow. (Also, the Phillies have already lost.) The Blue Jays' Spring Training roster, split in half:
I'll be paying close attention to the following players:
  • P Aaron Sanchez, 2011-2012 Lug, potential starter/back-end reliever
  • P Daniel Norris, 2013 Lug, Blue Jays' #1 prospect
  • OF Kevin Pillar, 2012 Lug, 2012 Midwest League MVP, potential starting outfielder
  • OF Dalton Pompey, 2012-2013 Lug, potential starting center fielder
  • OF Anthony Alford, 2014 Lug, likely starting in Single-A
  • P Miguel Castro, 2014 Lug, likely starting in A-Advanced
  • 3B Mitch Nay, 2014 Lug, likely starting in A-Advanced
  • P Roberto Osuna, 2013 Lug, likely starting in Double-A
  • OF Dwight Smith, Jr., 2013 Lug,  likely starting in Double-A
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The 2015 Lugnuts Visual Schedule

2015 Visual Schedule
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Guide -- BEL: Beloit; BG: Bowling Green; BUR: Burlington; CLI: Clinton; CR: Cedar Rapids; DAY: Dayton; FW: Fort Wayne; GL: Great Lakes; KC: Kane County; LC: Lake County; PEO: Peoria; QC: Quad Cities; SB: South Bend; WIS: Wisconsin; WM: West Michigan.
I put this together to see a different perspective of the schedule -- you never know if something jumps out at you. In this case, certain things certainly do:
  1. 12 games against the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the first two months. If either the Lugnuts or the TinCaps is dominant in the first half, the other team is buried.
  2. Eight games against South Bend in the month of May... heck, eight games in the span of 11 days, from May 11-21! We'll be well acquainted by the time things are done.
  3. I'm used to not seeing a team for months at a time, like playing Lake County six times in April, avoiding them in May and June, and getting back together for seven meetings in July. It's much more unusual to have a Bowling Green situation, where we see the Hot Rods for exactly one series in each of the first five months. (Three road trips to Bowling Green, Kentucky -- that's a long drive. Worse, though, is the drive back from Cedar Rapids in mid-June, take my word for it.)
  4. June features nine different opponents.
  5. July is chock-full of Great Lakes Loons and Lake County Captains games: fully half of the 28 contests are against Lake-based opposition. That said, there are five home series in July, each one against a different MWL Eastern division foe.

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