Tag: St. Petersburg Admirals

Admirals Lose Zerkle, Down 2 Starters As Pennant Race Runs Down

The snakebit St. Petersburg Admirals, who already lost Jose Soto to an injury two days ago, now learned that hot rookie arm Chris Zerkle will be gone for the rest of 2018 as well.

Zerkle strained a hamstring in a game against Denver, in a brutal series against their division rival that has cost the Admirals two top starting pitchers just as the pennant race runs down to the final games. Continue reading “Admirals Lose Zerkle, Down 2 Starters As Pennant Race Runs Down”

Soto, Chaim To Miss Rest of Season

The Nevada Speeders learned that fourth starter Shi-min Chaim will miss the rest of the 2018 season, after coming out of a game against the Miami Storm with a sore arm last night. He is expected to miss five months as he recovered from bone chips in his throwing elbow.

Chaim made a transition from the bullpen this year, and had crafted a 6-2 record with 14 saves, and a 1.40 ERA as the team’s erstwhile closer, until Nate Kremer returned from a year-long injury earlier this month. Continue reading “Soto, Chaim To Miss Rest of Season”

Rimouski, St. Pete’s Surge to Top

Week 14 has come to a close in the Bull League, and the Rimouski Fighting Moose are on top of the weekly team power rankings. But, the St. Petersburg Admirals are close behind, as both teams surged ahead to 1st and 2nd and the Nevada Speeders fell to 4th. The Minneapolis Ravens stood pat at 3rd again this week.

The home stretch has arrived and less than 3 weeks remain on the regular season schedule, meaning teams like the Chicago Pit Bulls (25-57), who have been realistically out of the race for some time, will soon become mathematically eliminated, and the field of contenders will narrow.

The Detroit Motorheads, Louisville Sluggers and Norfolk Sharks are among the other teams who have extremely long odds at a wild card.

The Fighting Moose are 50-32, with the third-best record in baseball, but had a stellar week, going 4-1. On Monday, they dropped game 3 of a 4-game set with the Pit Bulls, then won game 4 to split the series 2-2. After a travel day, they swept provincial rivals, the Montreal Metros in the Battle of Quebec, to go 6-4 on the season against them. They play the Metros one last time in their final series of the season.

However, the injuries are beginning to stack up for the Fighting Moose, who have the highest payroll in baseball this year. Big swinging Alan Isimo is hampered by an undisclosed day-to-day injury suffered last week in the Metros series.  Three top starting pitchers are all out, including William Febres, Mo-ruo Chen, and Andy Boyles, adding up to nearly $30 million in annual salary out of the rotation and on the DL.  Three-time MVP Dao-zi Ling is also out with a fractured ankle and will not return unless the team makes the playoffs. Closer Marc Garland has been out with an elbow ligament tear since April and will not return until 2019.

Catchers Catch POTW NODS

Top BL catchers Earl MacPherson and Les Groves have been named Players of the Week for week #14. Groves, the Louisville top draft pick from 2017 was an impressive .588 at the plate, with 3 homers and 7 RBIs as the Sluggers stacked up runs against the New York Dragons last week.

Meanwhile, Norfolk Sharks catcher MacPherson batted .565 with five homers, 16 RBIs, in just 5 games over the week, including a 3-for-4 performance against the Admirals in which he homered twice and drove in 6 runs.

Early Awards Predictions for 2018

Although there is still nearly a month of baseball left in regular season, and then the playoffs after that, we thought we would share our early predictions for the Bull League player awards based on season performances thus far.

As was discovered last year, sometimes a player can be out by early August and still win an award, as was the case for Judson Martel last year. Continue reading “Early Awards Predictions for 2018”

Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half

At the end of 11 weeks of baseball, the Nevada Speeders find themselves still on the top of the Weekly Team Power Rankings as they continue to dominate through the second half of the season. The Speeders have gone 7-2 since the All-Star break, and are 43-22 on the year.

Rimouski, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg are close behind, all with 39 wins. The Denver Danger have made serious gains, however, and are looking to challenge St. Pete’s for the division crown. Continue reading “Speeders Still Dominating in Second Half”

de Soto Hits for the Cycle

Xavier de Soto of Miami (formerly Kingston) hit for the cycle tonight against the Admirals.

Miami Storm third baseman Xavier de Soto has become the 21st player in Bull League history to hit for the cycle, and the first player in club history to do so.

The 34-year-old de Soto accomplished the feat tonight in a game against the St. Petersburg Admirals, hitting an RBI double in the third after a 1st inning ground out, then driving in a run on a triple in the 5th before hitting a single in the 7th then taking Brett Abruzzo yard in the 8th with no one on base. Continue reading “de Soto Hits for the Cycle”