Outlaw Josey Wales staff is pleasantly surprised with their 27-19 Block I start and winning road record. If the season ended now, the team would beat out Springfield for the Tastes Great wild card playoff spot by 3 games.
The offense has bashed 68 long balls and plated 246 runs, both good for 2nd in NASBL. That's no surprise to management who knew the team would have no problem scoring runs. Leading the way at the plate are a resurgent Big Papi Ortiz hitting .313 with 12 HR and 34 RBI and Adrian Gonzalez at .296/10/34.
But the big shock of the year so far is the Wales 3.47 team ERA, third best in NASBL. Ryan Dempster is a surprising 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA. Jake Peavy, in his limited innings is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 55 K in 45 IP.
The season has a long way to go and there are some bothersome questions keeping the team from printing out those playoff tickets. First off several players are already overused and will have to get more rest, among them Nellie Cruz, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, and Adrian Gonzalez.
But the $100 question is can the pitching staff keep up it's stellar performance over a whole season? The team has few pitchers with cards you'd call good - Hudson, Venters, and Soria. How has the pitching staff managed to excel so far?
1) Good luck?
2) Great managing (HAHAHA)?
3) The Wales all-1 infield?
4) The cavernous dimensions of Wreckin' So Field?
The team is hoping that the answer is a combination of #3 and #4 and the outstanding pitching will continue. Stay tuned because there is a lot of NASBL left this year and we're hoping for a good interesting Tastes Great race.