Though only three games have been played by the Hawks in a still very young 2010 season, Boise has shown a very lopsided hitting performance throughout the lineup against the Yakima Bears.
Yes, the Hawks won their first opening series in God knows how long (at least since 2005 from the records I found), but the victories were delivered by the hitting successes of three players: Brandon May, Wes Darvill and Jesus Morelli. Combined, the three sluggers have accounted for nine of the team’s 11 RBIs, 14 of the team’s 21 hits and five of the team’s 12 runs; while averaging .391 to the rest of the team’s .089.
Clearly there is no reason to get alarmed after the first week of baseball, but some strengths and weaknesses thus far should be highlighted.
In each of the first three games of the season, South Korea national, Na Kyung-Min has led off for the club and has a .000 batting average in 11 at bats with three walks and three runs scored. Though the statistics may not praise Na early, his numbers do show strong plate discipline and base running ability (Na has two stolen bases on the season). In addition, the Chicago Cubs are no notorious for finding strong Korean talent (see Hak-Ju Lee, 2009), so we’ll give him some time to develop.
Hawks veteran, George Matheus is 1-8 through the first three games, and also has a low average of .091.
On the pitching side of things, skipper Jody Davis is limiting his hurlers to around three innings, while Juan Yasser Serrano (1-0) stayed on the mound through the fourth inning in Sunday’s win against the Bears.
Davis will send Austin Kirk to the mound against the hated, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Memorial Stadium’s, Monday night opener. He is in his second season with the club and will try to improve on his 2009 statistics when he went 1-1 with a 5.40 in two appearances.