Inside of two weeks to go until the 2009 SAL post-season, and the BlueClaws, it appears, will be meeting the Kannapolis Intimidators in the first round. Spoke with Kannapolis broadcaster, and former BlueClaws broadcaster, Alex Gyr for some of his thoughts on the way the Intimidators (White Sox) have been playing, which is to say, quite well.
Entering play Saturday, the Indimidators are 40-19 in the second half, having losts last night after 12 straight wins, and they’ve won 19 of their last 23. Lake County has won 14 of 20 and lost ground. West Virginia, who had a 10-game win streak not long ago, got to within one game, has fallen back. Kannapolis’ five-game lead with 10 to play looks pretty tough to overcome.
“This is a massively different team than it was just weeks ago,” said Gyr, who noted that 1st round pick OF Jered Mitchell (.301) reached in his first 25 games and C Josh Phegley has hit nine home runs to lead the team.
“The bullpen has been dominant more often than not,” he added. Kannapolis has a 3.03 bullpen ERA, best in the league.
This is a team that lost Dexter Carter, their best pitcher, who was traded in the Jake Peavy deal. But they haven’t missed a beat.
“Joey Serafin,” said Gyr, “has really looked sharp. He’s a 37th rounder out of the now defunct University of Vermont baseball program,” who is 2-1, 3.18 over five starts.
They can throw Charlie Leesman (12 wins), Serafin, and Stephen Sauer (6-5, 3.56) at you in three games, with a great bullpen. That’s a tough team to matchup against.