I don't know what it is with this Boise team and slow starts. The Wolves got off to a terrible start once again, going 16-30 to start the season. They were especially dismal at home. It looked as if we were going to take a step back this year. Now however, as we shortly head into the all-star season, Boise is near the top of the league. They're now 49-37 and have passed the Grotto Gottos for second in the division, which is also currently a wildcard spot. They are 17-2 in their past nineteen games, including a nine game winning streak, and a current eight game winning streak. This miraculous turn around is largely credited to The Monster, Barry McEnroe, whom is currently leading the AL in batting average, slugging percentage, OBP and OPS, and also in the top ten in HRs. He's also been awarded his first (and likely not last) Player of the Week Award. The Monster is everything Boise fans expected and more. But of course Ryan Hamill, Damaso Brogna, and Santiago Martin are also in the top twenty batting average for the AL, so it's not all on the monster. Martin's HR totals are down this year, but this was to be expected with the new rules on equipment that were introduced. A lot of the pure long ball hitters are seeing a bit of a reduction in their HRs.
The pitching staff has also picked up it's game, helping out the bats. Pedro Limon is a respectable 7-2 with a 3.66 ERA in eighteen games. Armando Lopez in 29 innings at long relief is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA and a team leading 1.00 WHIP. Jaime Weaver has played 41 innings in the set-up role for us this year with a 5-1 record, a 2.63 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, and it looks like he might be joining the monster in this year's all-star game, if everything stays the same over the next couple days. Closer Don Wang's ERA is only 4.46, but with his 1.22 WHIP and team leading .230 OAV, it's been good enough for him to pick up 20 saves so far this season. He's on pace to break the team record held by his predecessor Alex Cornejo, whom has played a respectable season so far in the set-up role for the Shadow Wolves this year.
So what might have looked like a lost cause a quarter of the way into the season is looking more like a possibility of a first ever playoff game held in Boise this year. Of course there's still a lot of season to go, and a lot of good teams, so we won't get ahead of ourselves, but the future is still bright in Boise. We know all our fans out there are cheering and hoping for the Shadow Wolves, and we are cheering and hoping right along side you. As always, our thanks from the Boise Shadow Wolves Management Team and Wolf Industries.