Lava Flow for September

September play saw the Volcanoes post their highest total for victories in a month with 16.  Roster rotation continued, with Ervin Santana and Colby Lewis returning from their August furlough, and Aroldis Chapman taking a September furlough.  … Jon Lester has pitched well since his trade deadline pick-up (49 IP, 45 hits, 13 bb’s, 47 K’s, 3.49 ERA), but a lack of run support (5.75 runs per start, but most of those coming in the 20-2 romp over Bismarck) has lead to a disappointing 2 wins and 4 losses in Lester’s 8 starts. … Matt Moore has pitched well also since his trade deadline pick-up (49 IP, 51 hits, 21 bb’s, 49 K’s, 4.38 ERA), but phenomenal run support (9.00 runs per start) has lead to 6 wins and 1 loss.  … Pitching was the key to the Volcanoes’ September surge, with the team posting a 2.60 ERA across its 20 games.  Lester went 1-3 in September (with a 2.70 era), while the rest of the team went 15-1. … Ervin Santana was almost unhittable in September, pitching 25.1 innings while yielding only 4 hits, 2 walks and 21 strikeouts (and 0 runs!).  The pitching surge helped compensate for a lackluster month from David Ortiz, who was held to a .237 average and 3 HRs. … Picking up the offensive slack for Ortiz, Wilson Ramos batted .357 in September with 5 HRs and 14 RBIs, raising his season totals to a .329 average with 29 HRs and 85 RBIs.  While Ramos’ totals are impressive, adding in Gary Sanchez’s 16 HRs and 49 RBIs, and the Volcanoes have gotten 45 HRs and 134 RBIs out of their catcher slot. … Looking towards possible October playoff matchups, the Volcanoes have a winning season record against every team – except the West Atlanta Crush (4 wins and 6 losses).  Margaritaville will keep an eye on the Southbound race – rooting for an SGP, Dyersville or Savannah win!

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