After winning 6 of their first 8 games of the 2011 season, the Lima Locos are in the middle of a rare period of inactivity. The team was off Sunday and won't play again until Wednesday night's game at Xenia.
The Locos will then play at Licking County Thursday night and visit Celina Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. The twinbill at Grand Lake on Friday is to makeup for the game that was rained out back on June 10th.
Currently, Lima leads the North Division of the GLSCL by one game over Licking County (5-3), making Wednesday's game a possible first place showdown. The Settlers will host Lake Erie today and tomorrow before hosting the Locos.
The Locos are leading the league by a wide margin in team batting, posting a .298 average to this point, 49 points higher than any other club. Andy Chriscaden is leading the team at .433, while Taylor Pickens is batting .429.
Lima also leads the league in OPS (on-base pct. plus slugging pct) at .753. The next best team OPS is .705.
The Locos pitchers have pitched better than their 2.92 ERA would indicate. That number is 4th in the GLSCL while the team WHIP is second in the loop at 1.12.
In the starting rotation, Michael O'Neal and Jon Weaver have each made two starts and pitched 11.1 innings. Each is 1-0 with O'Neal's ERA at 1.59 and Weaver's at 2.38. Catlan Kendrick leads the team with 2 wins (1 in relief) and has a 2.61 ERA.
The bullpen has been outstanding for Lima. The combined stat lines of Zach Sterling, Adam Clark, Eric Kartman and Ethen McKenney is nearly perfect: 15.2 ip, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks and 16 strikeouts. Wow!
The Cincinnati Steam are leading the South Division at 6-1 (only loss to Lima), with Xenia is a game back at 5-2.