The Battle Creek Attack (11-50) are officially eliminated from playoff contention, becoming the first team to get the “e” this year. But there was little doubt this year that the team would not see post-season play, given they have had the worst start in Bull League history.
June was a dreadful month for the Attack, where they suffered a 10-game losing streak, and finished the month 4-20. July’s streak was worse, an 11-game losing slide that straddled the All Star break. They went 4-22 in July, and started August with a pitiful 8-42 record.
Battle Creek is currently on a 5-game losing streak, and play a three game set against Ohio starting today, then move on to east division leaders Boston and then Montreal. They are 1-5 against Ohio, and 0-6 against both Boston and Montreal.
Several coaches have contracts expiring at the end of 2016, and they will also likely lose several over-paid low performers, such as James Paterson (1B) who is demanding $15 million to play next year, after only a .270 season with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs, and equally tepid Rick Reefknot (RF), who is rumored to be looking for over $10 million, but is hitting .224 with just 5 HRs and 14 RBIs.