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Omaha and Nashville both playing solid ball so far

April 30, 2009

Considering both Nashville and Omaha finished  nearly 20 games under .500 last year, the ball clubs have shown much improvement over last year. The Sounds won only four of their first twenty games last year. This year they are off to a much more respectable 11 and 9 start. The Sounds (11-9) are 1/2 game behind Omaha (11-8) in the PCL.

The Sounds and Royals have both won six of their last ten, with Nashville recently splitting a four-game stand against division leading Iowa.

Each team boasts a team-best pitcher who is 4.0.  Omaha’s star-starter Luke Hochever is 4-0, 1.44.  Nashville’s Tim Dillard is 4-0, 1.17. On the reliever side, Omaha’s Lenny DiNardo is 1.0, 3.00, with 2 saves.  Nashville’s Chris Smith is 1-0, 1.15, with 3 saves.

Omaha has shown much better team-batting improvement over 2008 (.268). Right now they are batting a strong .298 as a team, good enough for 2nd place in the PCL. That is a vast improvement over their .268 clip last year which placed them in the bottom third of the league.

The Royals have three hitters stroking the ball with confidence right now: Hulett (.357), Ryan Shealy (.348) and J.R. House (.347). Hulett is the 10th best hitter in the PCL right now.  Of those three, only Shealy played for the Royals last year.

The Sounds enter the opening 4-game home stand against Omaha tonight at Greer Stadium having just knocked out a season-high 16 hits against Iowa Tuesday night. Everyone in the line-up, except the pitcher, got at least two base hits in that 7-4 victory.

The Nashville-Omaha series (April 30 – May 3rd) should be an evenly matched competition between two teams that have shown much improvement over their 2008 records.

Play ball!

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Nashville Sound's Greer Stadium, April 25th, 2009

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