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Season one-third over for Nashville Sounds: the good, bad and the ugly?

May 29, 2009

The Nashville Sounds have played 48 games in 2009 so far and their record is a respectable 26-22.  With the season right at the 1/3rd completed mark, I think it would be a good idea to take inventory of where they are: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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The Good

  • The Sounds are in first place in the American North (PCL) by one-half game.
  • The have a 26-22 win-loss record (.542), the fifth-best in the PCL.
  • Sounds have a strong road record: 14-10 (3rd best in league).
  • The longest losing-streak has only been three games.
  • The Sound’s team ERA mark of 4.09 is 3rd in the league.
  • Brendan Katin is finally swing the bat well, now hitting .285.
  • Several players are showing signs of better play, consistency and production, including: Heether, Iribarren, Escobar, Garciaparra, Almonte and Katin.
  • Relievers Smith and Johnson are showing promise.
  • Joe Koshansky, though batting only .224., appears to be well on his way out of his early-season slump.
  • Of their 26 wins, 16 have been come-from-behind victories.

The Bad

  • The Sounds need more production from just starters Burns and Dillard, who are a combined 13-4. The rest of the starters are just 13-17.
  • Just three deep in the outfield right now.
  • Mat Gamel was called up May 14th and may not return to the line-up.
  • The Sound’s traded Tony Gwynn on May 21st.
  • We don’t have a clear lead in the catcher position with timebeing split by three men: Arlis, Corporan and Salome.
  • Relievers Littleon and Narveson need to step up their game.

The Ugly

  • Cole Gillespie’s performance so far has been abysmal, batting just .212.
  • Wes Littleton’s peformance so far (0-3, 11.32) is very poor.
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