- Cleburne Railroaders (7-3, 1st in East)
Cleburne will welcome its followers to its residence opener on Tuesday as the highest group within the East Division with a 7-3 document, recent off an enormous 4-2 sequence victory on the street in Milwaukee. The Railroaders’ offense has been excellent to start out the yr, scoring 94 complete runs of their 10 video games, by far essentially the most within the Affiliation. They’ve hit a league-high 18 residence runs as a group and have a powerful group OPS of .903. The Railroaders’ offensive machine is led partially by rookie Ryan Hernandez, who has 4 residence runs and 13 RBI on the younger season. Former main leaguer Delino DeShields has additionally been a welcome addition, hitting .349 on the yr with a grand slam as properly. The Railroaders’ pitching employees hasn’t been shabby both, as they lead the league in strikeouts with 103.
- Sioux Metropolis Explorers (8-1, 1st in West)
How in regards to the Explorers? Sioux Metropolis is off to its finest begin in franchise historical past at 8-1 after happening the street to Kane County and sweeping the Cougars. Opposite to Cleburne, what pops off the stat sheet once you look in the beginning for Sioux Metropolis is the pitching employees. The Explorers presently lead the league in ERA at 2.39, practically a full run higher than the subsequent closest group. Solomon Bates leads the squad with 17 strikeouts after profitable pitcher of the week honors for his seven sturdy innings towards the DockHounds on Thursday. As a group, they’ve given up greater than two runs in a recreation simply twice this season. Offensively, Vince Fernandez has been the run producer, sitting in seventh place on the league leaderboard with 11 RBI.
- Chicago Canine (6-3, T-2nd in East)
Chicago is feeling good going into a giant six-game set towards Cleburne because it’s received every of its three sequence to start out the season, together with most just lately towards the reigning champion Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Chicago has been stronger on the pitching aspect than offensively as properly, sitting third in group ERA with a 3.18, together with two shutouts. The Canine have completed their harm by profitable shut video games and developing with clutch hits, most notably from league home-run chief Josh Altmann who has 5. The signature second to date of the Canine’ season got here on Mom’s Day, when Altmann hit a three-run shot to tie the sport within the ninth along with his mom within the stands.
- Gary SouthShore RailCats (6-3, T-2nd in East)
Talking of groups who’ve received all of their opening sequence, the Gary SouthShore RailCats are even with the Canine and competing in a tightly packed East early on, most just lately happening the street to take two of three from Lincoln. Offensively Gary has been in the course of the pack, however the bats have exploded in a couple of video games together with a 10-0 win towards Winnipeg and a 13-1 win towards Kansas Metropolis. Nevertheless, the pitching has been very sturdy, boasting the league’s second finest ERA at 3.15 and second-best BAA at simply .219. Offensively, LG Castillo and Francisco Del Valle have led the way in which with 13 RBI and three residence runs respectively, with Daniel Lingua additionally main the group with a .379 batting common.
- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (5-4, 2nd in West)
When you anticipated the RedHawks to be larger on this checklist after what we noticed final season, you wouldn’t be alone. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless been a strong begin for the reigning champs, who received their first two sequence in Kane County and towards Winnipeg, however simply dropped two of three in Chicago. Now that the banner celebration is over and the rings have been handed out, the RedHawks must get the bats going as they’re presently hitting simply .221 as a group. The expertise on this group has nonetheless been on show although, with Sam Dexter hitting .321, Correlle Prime doing work on the plate and on the mound, and a robust rotation together with league legend Kevin McGovern, Tyler Grauer and nearer Reid Birlingmair who has 4 saves already.