Lava Flow for July

July saw the Volcanoes post their second consecutive 14-6 month, raising their record to a league-leading 63-37 after 100 games.  Offense continues to drive the Volcanoes, with 634 runs in their first 100 games (on-pace for 1014 runs on the season).  David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Kris Bryant and Joey Votto continue to drive the Volcano offense, ranking 1-2-4-5 in Hal’s MVP voting.  Looking at the season record book, Margaritaville has a hand in dominating the “most runs 1-team” category – its opponents rank #’s 1, 2 and 3 (Tatooine scoring 26 runs against Marcus Stroman, Boulder scoring 20 runs against Stroman, and Savannah scoring 17 runs against Adam Wainwright).  At the trade deadline, the offending parties were rewarded with trades:  Stroman to Savannah for Jon Lester and Wainwright to New New York for Matt Moore.  The re-worked starting pitching should bolster the Volcanoes’ drive through August, September, October and into the playoffs.  The Volcanoes also “welcome home” Andrew Triggs, who was traded to Savannah in May after posting a 4-0 record but was unused by Savannah in June and July play.

In a surprising complement to their power bats (203 HRs), Volcano basestealers (primarily Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, Ichiro Suzuki and Keon Broxton) are leading the league with an .828 efficiency (48 steals in 58 attempts).  This is partly driven by a conservative approach on hit-and-run attempts (only three on the season).  The Volcanoes have also been conservative in advancing on the basepaths, creating only two outs in 107 potential base-advance situations:

BRC BRA BRO Out %
Mar 107 35 2 1.9%
Sup 112 47 5 4.5%
Sgp 105 55 9 8.6%
Bol 91 38 8 8.8%
Sav 68 29 6 8.8%
Apl 95 38 10 10.5%
Tat 101 57 11 10.9%
Spr 91 42 10 11.0%
Nny 71 32 8 11.3%
Dye 91 35 11 12.1%
Des 81 31 11 13.6%
Bus 91 37 13 14.3%
Sat 103 32 15 14.6%
Bis 73 16 12 16.4%
Wat 76 34 13 17.1%

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Lava Flow for June

Rounding the halfway pole at 80 games, the Margaritaville Volcanoes continue to head for offensive records in the I-75 League. After 80 games the Volcanoes have scored 513 runs (on pace for 1,026 runs) and hit 165 HRs (on pace for a league-record 330 HRs). In the retention era, only three teams have topped the 1,000-run barrier: the 2005 Littleton Lumberjacks with 1,171, the 2005 Bushwood Gophers with 1,087 and the 2008 Bushwood Gophers with 1,063. In this same period, only four teams have topped the 300-homer barrier: the 2008 Bushwood Gophers with 325, the 2007 Bushwood Gophers with 320, the 2005 Littleton Lumberjacks with 306 and the 2004 Brooklyn Excelsiors with 302. Post-15-team expansion (2012), the season records are 970 runs from the 2013 Margaritaville Volcanoes, and 273 HRs from the 2013 Bushwood Gophers.

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