Coqui Baseball Podcast, Ep. 6 (available on iTunes and Spotify)
Even though the Carolina Giants have not always been seen as strong contenders, they have proven otherwise through out the entire season.
Unlike the other teams, Carolina does not have an abundance of well known names in it’s roster but Alex Cintrón has been able to pull in the efforts of key core contributors that have defined this team and lead to success this 2018-2019 season.
At the heart of the Carolina offense are 5 key players:
|Player (Position)||At Bats||Batting LineBA/OBP/SLG||RBI||Hits|
|Anthony Garcia (OF)||92||.272/.376/.370||11||25|
|Isan Diaz (2B)||105||.276/.350/.381||12||29|
|Ozzie Martinez (2B)||94||.245/.345/.319||12||23|
|Aldemar Burgos (OF)||82||.280/.333/.439||11||23 (2 HR)|
|Wilfredo Rodriguez (C)||77||.221/.268/.325||12||17|
Together these 5 players represent: 56% of team RBI, 48% of team hits, and 50% of team runs scored.
While the Giants offense is ranked last in the league and their players do not rank highly in the individual batting categories, together they have resulted into a successful formula under the management of, first-year manager, Alex Cintrón. A formula that has helped Carolina stay ahead of the Santurce Crabbers and Caguas Criollos for most of the season.
On the pitching side of things, the Giants fair a bit better having the #1 ERA league leader in Gage Hinsz. Hinsz has remained a consistent and strong arm for the Giants having an overall 1.08 ERA in 25.0 IP giving up only 16 hits, 5 runs (3 of which were earned), 10 walks, and 20 strikeouts.
The also have relied heavily on Giovanni Soto who is 2nd in the league in total saves (7 total and one behind Mayagüez’s Joshua Torres). Soto has pitched 21.2 innings in relief, giving up 12 hits, 2 runs (1 of which was earned), 10 walks and 20 strikeouts. Soto has a season best 0.42 ERA so far.
The Carolina Giants have proven many skeptics wrong so far this season. They remained pretty much on the low end of things, not making too much noise, with the exception of their 6 game winning streak in week 2 of league action.
Since then, they’ve been battling back and forth with the Santurce Crabbers in the standings, finally breaking away in the last weeks of competition. They have proven that slow and steady can win the race, or at least that’s what they will attempt to achieve this season.
The team has implemented analytics into it’s strategy and game planning and we have seen the results of this approach. So far, the approach by the Giants has been working for most of the season.
They have a winning record against the Santurce Crabbers (3-6) and a win/loss record of 5-6 against the Mayagüez Indians and Caguas Criollos showcasing the capacity of this team to compete with the two most offensive teams in the league.
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