UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS...
TUE, 6/11 at FRE, 5:00 PM: Carolina RHP Matt Smith (1-5, 4.05) at Frederick LHP Cameron Bishop (0-4, 4.36)
TUE, 6/11 at FRE, TBD: Carolina RHP Noah Zavolas (3-2, 3.47) at Frederick RHP Luis Perez (3-1, 2.51)
WED, 6/12 at FRE, 7:00 PM: Carolina RHP Braden Webb (1-2, 3.82) at Frederick LHP DL Hall (2-2, 3.92)
TONIGHT: Following last night's postponement in Frederick, the Mudcats begin a brief three game road trip tonight with games one and two of a doubleheader and three game series versus the Frederick Keys at 5 PM at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. The Mudcats are coming off a successful seven game home stand that saw them go 5-2 after sweeping the Keys before later splitting a four game set with the Salem Red Sox. Carolina outscored Frederick 19-7 while slugging seven home runs (four from Mario Feliciano) and pitching to a 1.33 ERA versus the Keys during the first series between the two teams in Zebulon from 6/2 through 6/4.
ICYMI: Salem's Edgar Corcino and Marcus Wilson both hit solo home runs and starter Kutter Crawford struck out six while pitching into the sixth as the Red Sox defeated the Mudcats 2-1 in a rain-shortened, six inning, game at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Salem victory came in the final game of the four game set, leaving the series tied at 2-2 between the two teams. The Mudcats did get one run in the sixth and what ended up being the final inning as heavy rain stopped play. The game would then be called after a :52 minute delay with the Mudcats leaving the tying run at second base.
TONIGHT'S CAROLINA MUDCATS STARTING PITCHER(S)...
G1 - Matt Smith: 1-5, 4.05 ERA, 13 G, 7 GS, 46.2 IP, 16 BB, 36 SO, 1.26 WHIP
Last outing... 6/4 vs. FRE: ND, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Starter: 0-3, 3.77 ERA, 7 GS, 28.2 IP, 6 HR, 7 BB, 19 SO, 1.29 WHIP
G2 - Noah Zavolas: 3-2, 3.47 ERA, 12 GS, 70.0 IP, 10 BB, 52 SO, 1.24 WHIP
Last outing... 6/6 vs. SAL: ND, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Named to 2019 Carolina League Southern Division All-Star team
HEY NOW: The Carolina League announced rosters today for the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic and the Mudcats placed seven players to the Southern Division team with C Mario Feliciano, C Payton Henry, RHP Dylan File, RHP Noah Zavolas, RHP Rodrigo Benoit, RHP Matt Hardy and recently promoted OF Joantgel Segovia all receiving nominations to the upcoming All-Star event hosted by the Frederick Keys on June 18, 2019 at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.
SUPER MARIO: Mario Feliciano was named the CL Player of the Week for the week of 6/3 through 6/9 after slashing .429/.500/1.286 with a league best 1.786 OPS (9-for-21, 8 R, 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO) during his award winning week of play. He also led the CL in home runs, RBI, slugging, OPS and total bases while taking the weekly award honor. Feliciano took over sole possession of the top spot on the Carolina League leader board for home runs this season after connecting on his 10th and 11th homers on 6/3 versus Frederick at Five County Stadium. Feliciano homered in four straight games between 6/3 and 6/7 while hitting five homers and bringing his league leading homer total to 14 on the season. Feliciano is batting .400/.434/.900 with a 1.334 OPS over his last 13 games (20-for-50, 14 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 12 SO).
MOST HR BY A MUDCAT BEFORE THE ALL-STAR BREAK (SINCE 2005)YEAR PLAYER HR G
2007 Mitchell, Lee 16 87
2005 Hermida, Jeremey 14 80
2019 Feliciano, Mario 14 56
INVEST IN SILVA: Eddie Silva has raised his average from .203 on 5/22 to .233 entering tonight's game while slashing .310/.403/.517 with a .920 OPS over his last 17 games (18 H, 8 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 10 SO). The Brewers signed Silva as a non-drafted free agent last year on 6/27/18; Silva attended Florida International University.
OH HENRY!: Rob Henry has hit safely in five straight games and has totaled at least two hits three of those same five. Henry is batting .471/.550/.529 with a 1.079 OPS over his last five games (8-for-17, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 SB)... Payton Henry has hit safely in seven straight games and is batting .478/.500/.826 with a 1.326 OPS during the streak (11-for-23, 7 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI).
SPELLS RELIEF: Matt Hardy is 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 over his last six appearances (14.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 19 SO)... J.T. Hintzen owns a 2.00 ERA and 11.0 K/9 over his last five appearances (9.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 BB, 11 SO).
ALL THE Ks: Carolina batters have combined to total a Carolina League high 664 (4th in MiLB) strikeouts this season. The Mudcats are on pace to set a league and franchise record for strikeouts again as they are on pace for 1,499 strikeouts this season. Carolina batters combined to total a CL and franchise record 1,311 strikeouts last season; breaking the previous CL and franchise record of 1,245 SO set by Carolina in 2017.
THE LONG BALL: The Mudcats have totaled 54 home runs (2nd in the CL behind Fayetteville's 60 HR) this season. They've also combined to total 10 homers over their last six games (five of which from Mario Feliciano) and are on pace for 121 homers this season. The franchise record for homers in a season is 131 by the 2004 Mudcats. The franchise low is 39 and was set by the 1991 Mudcats; more recently the 2016 Mudcats totaled just 56 homers as a team (3rd lowest in franchise history).
WHERE THEY RANK: Mario Feliciano is currently 1st in the CL in home runs (14), 1st in RBI (47), 2nd in slugging (.537), 2nd in OPS (.871), 2nd in extra-base hits (27) and 1st in total bases (117)... Ryan Aguilar is currently 5th in the CL in OBP (.397), tied for 3rd in walks (38) and tied for 2nd in runs (42)... Matt Hardy is tied with Dylan File and Nelson Hernandez for 1st in the CL in wins (6). Hardy is also tied for 1st in games (20) with Rodrigo Benoit and Cody Beckman... Benoit is also tied for 3rd in the CL in saves (9) with Clayton Andrews (9)... Noah Zavolas is currently 8th in the CL in earned run average (3.47), 2nd in innings pitched (70.0) and 6th in WHIP (1.24). Zavolas is additionally 7th in the CL in FIP (3.33), 7th in xFIP (3.38), 2nd in BB/9 (1.29) and 2nd in K/BB (5.20) per fangraphs.com.
CAROLINA LEAGUE LEADERS - TWO-OUT RBI
Player Team RBI HR AVG OPS
Henry, P CAR 22 5 .256 .827
Corredor, A POT 22 3 .257 .705
Feliciano, M CAR 20 6 .307 1.040
BACK STOP SPLITS: Payton Henry and Mario Feliciano have split catching duties this season with Henry totaling 32 games behind the plate and Feliciano catching 30 games. Henry, meanwhile, has caught back-to-back games twice this season on 4/14 & 4/15 and 6/3 & 6/4.... The Carolina pitching staff is 20-12 and has totaled a 3.34 ERA (3.0 BB/9, 8.8 SO/9) in games caught by Henry... Carolina's pitchers are 15-15 with a 4.66 ERA (3.3 BB/9, 8.0 SO/9) in games caught by Feliciano.
THE SKIPPER: Manager Joe Ayrault is in his third season as Manager of the Mudcats and his eighth season overall as Manager of Milwaukee's High-A affiliate. Ayrault is currently second on Carolina's all-time managerial wins list and second all-time in games managed in Carolina...
MANAGER W L PCT G SEASONS
David Bell 176 239 .424 415 2009-11 (3)
Joe Ayrault 173 165 .512 338 2017-Present (3)
THE MUDCATS HAVE…
... played in Zebulon, NC since 1991 (29th season).
... played in the Carolina League since 2012 (8th season).
... been an affiliate of the Brewers since 2017 (3rd season).
... operated under the ownership of the Brewers since Oct. 2017.
... not made the playoffs since the 2008 season.
... not made the playoffs during their Carolina League era.
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