Daytona Cubs Mid-Season Review


First Half, 3rd place (of 6 in division), 35-35, 7 games back
Second Half, 5th place, 4-6, 3.5 games back

Daytona managed to actually have a better road record (18-17) than home record (17-18) in the first half.

All Stars:

Tony Thomas (2B)
Jim Adduci (OF)
Mark Reed (C)
Alex Maestri (P)
Casey Lambert (P)

The Daytona Cubs had an impressive 5 representatives at the All Star Game. Both Jim Adduci and Tony Thomas started the game. Adduci went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, while Thomas went 0 for 4. Catcher Mark Reed was selected to fill in for teammate Welington Castillo, who had been selected but was promoted to AA before the All Star game. Pitchers Casey Lambert and Alex Maestri both worked an inning in relief. Lambert giving up 3 runs (only 1 earned) on 3 hits and a walk. Maestri struck out 2 and yielded only a walk in his inning of relief.

Position Player of the 1st Half:

As with my positional pick for the Chiefs, the Daytona Cubs best position player was not an All Star. Blake Lalli, the D-Cubs first baseman, has had an impressive run at Daytona since being promoted from Peoria 2 weeks into the season. His .319 batting average is best on the team and 5th in the league. He is second on the team in HR's (7) and total bases (111), despite not playing for the team the entire season. He has only 26 K's in 210 AB's, the fewest of any D-Cubs with more than 125 AB's. In addition, he's been called into duty twice as a reliever, pitching two innings without yielding a hit or a walk, and striking out 3.

Pitcher of the 1st Half:

All Star Alex Maestri edged out All Casey Lambert for my pick of pitcher of the first half. The teammates will have a tough time winning it for the second half of the year, as both have been promoted to Tennessee. Maestri made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Daytona, going 5-3 with a 3.69 ERA, leading the team in wins. His 66 K's remain tops on the team by over 15, but in all fairness, he had started more games and thrown more innings than anyone else. His WHIP was 1.26 and he only yielded a home run every 15.6 innings.

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