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April was good but May could be much better. Keys to improvement for Sounds?

May 1, 2009

April is gone and the Nashville Sound’s won 52% of their games to go 11-10 for the month. Compared to only winning 28% of their April-games in 2008, anyone would have to say the 2009-squad is vastly improved.

Here are some more highlights of what the Nashville Sounds have done after completing their first month of baseball for this season:

  • Overall record of 11-10 (5-8 home, 6-2, away)
  • Two games behind the American North division leader in PCL
  • 5-5 in last ten
  • Only six of 16 PCL teams have a better win/loss record than Sounds.
  • Team batting average of .264 (7th in league)
  • Three hitters batting over .300 (.392, .375, .313).
    *Corporan was batting .333 when called up on 4/30.
  • Hottest pitchers:
    Tim Dillard 4-0, 1.17
    Mike Burns 2-0, 3.91
  • Sound’s record in:
    • Games decided by just one run: 2-1
    • Games decided by two runs: 2-2
    • Games decided by three or more runs: 7-7
  • The worst losing-streak was just two games (twice). Their longest win-streak was five (on the road).

Keys to improving the 2009 season based on looking back at April?

  1. The Sounds need better production from other starters. Two starting-pitchers (Dillard and Burns) account for 60% of the Sounds total victories so far. Four other pitchers have one win each.
  2. The Sounds need better production from three hitters: Angel Salome (.191), Joe Koshansky (.145), and Cole Gillespie (.116). Those three are a combined 20 for 126 (or .158).
  3. The Sounds need to keep games more competitive. Seven  of their eleven losses came from games where the margin of victory was more than three runs. They average scoring 4.8 runs per game, but they allow 5.2 runs per game.
  4. The Sounds need to win a larger percentage of home games. They are only 5-8 at home so far. They have 14 home games in May. They need to be at least 9-5 at home in May.
  5. The Sounds need to stay strong on the road. They had a great road record in April, 6-2, but they can not expect to continue that clip. They have 16 road games in May. They need to be at least 8-8 in May away games.
  6. The Sounds need to leverage win streaks and minimize losing-streaks. The need to keep losing-streaks to two games and put together another four or five game win-streak at home or on the road.
  7. The Sounds need to have less blow-out games they lose. They had three blow-out games in April losing by runs of 17, 12 and 11 runs each. 40 of their total 111 they gave up in April were from three loses.

The Sounds are 11-10 after April.  If they improve in the above areas they should be around 28-23 through the end of May.

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Manager Don Money of the Nashville Sounds.

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