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Nashville needs more consistency

May 5, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (13-11) are playing much better ball in 2009 than in 2008, but the Sounds could really benefit from some consistent play on the field. Consistency could make this good team much better. Consistency over an entire season could make a good team . . . great.

Here’s what I mean.

The Sounds have won 13 games this year. Five of them in a row, on the road. What about the other eight victories?  All single victories followed by a loss, until last night against I-Cubs (5-1).

Nashville’s near .500 record of 13-11 testifies to their inability so far to put together strings of victories in 2-3 spurts consistently.

Tonight’s game has some interesting elements of consistency to be aware of:

  • Nashville’s Tim Dillard will go for his 5th straight victory of 2009.
  • Iowa is on a four-game skid of their own.
  • The Sounds are 12-0 when leading after the 7th inning.
  • Nashville is 7-2 on the road in 2009 so far.

Not only does consistency make the difference between a .250 hitter and a .300 slugger; but consistency, over an entire season, will be the difference for whether or not the Sounds are in the bottom of the their division or competing for the championship in September.

One of the most consistent Nashville hitters this year has been outfielder Tony Gwynn. He has hit safely in 18 of 21 games so far, had a PCL-best 15-game hitting streak earlier, and has hit safely in all nine road contests this year. His current batting average is a solid .279.

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Tony Gwynn has been hitting consistently for Nashville in 2009.

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