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04/20/2007 Archived Entry: "AAA News: Buffalo Bisons"

AAA Team Update: 2007 Buffalo Bisons: Apr. 20, 2007

For starters, don't laugh at Buffalo for suspending their Home-opening series because of SNOW, we did have seventy-degree days in December if I recall- so blame Al Gore. Anywho, for the tens of thousands of you who grow up and leave Buffalo each year, here is a bit of an update on how the "herd", as we know them, are starting out on their 2007 campaign.
Well an 8-3 start is certainly a warming sign for any Coach, and skipper Torey Lovullo has said that he has seen quite a few pluses to the Bisons performance through the first couple weeks. He may also be quick to point out that numbers may mislead, and that it may have been just as easy to go 3-8.
Offensively, the Bisons have been putting up some nice numbers, with last year's aquisition Shin-Soo Choo leading the team with a .400 avg and 6 RBI's. First Baseman Ryan Mulhern has 2 HR's and 9 RBI's to go with a .314 avg. while at the other corner, veteran Keith Ginter has 9 RBI's as well. With a lineup that also has Frank Gutierrez, Ben Francisco, Hector Luna and Luis Rivas hitting should rarely see any prolonged team slumps. And their fast! The Bisons have recorded 15 stolen bases already with the starting lineup notching at least 1.
15 is also a number that pops up on Defensive charts as well, as in the number of errors that the Bisons have. Led by Rivas in the outfield (5) and Luna in the infield (4), Mr. Lovullo has made this a bit of a focus for the next 15-20 games. And go ahead a blame a weeks worth of deplorable conditions, that amount of errors just can't continue to happen, and by judging this team's talent level, it shouldn't.
Well the big pitching prospect Adam Miller has made a couple starts and by posting a 2-0 record with a 2.77 ERA, it seems like all systems are go for the young righty phenom. A closer look however reveals that be has allowed 16 hits in 13 innings pitched and could use some better control. The best arm in the rotation right now is lefty Jason Stanford, a thirty year old who is at 2-0 while not allowing a run in 13 innings and just 4 hits to boot. Their pen has performed when called upon, with Edward Mujica assuming the closer duties with 4 saves.
As has become a bit of a norm here in the B-lo, when should be expecting a competitive summer from our Bison nine. So look back again, as I will keep you out-of-towners abreast on how the "herd" is rolling this summer!

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