The Aeros are back at Canal Park Friday night and finally, it looks like they'll get some decent weather. Don't worry, I'm not going to dredge up more boo-hooing over Northeast Ohio's crappy and unpredictable weather in April.
But considering such, I'm encouraged by the fact that depsite snow, rain, heavy winds and six games already postponed (oh those double headers later in the season will be hell), the team is a decent 9-6 and in second place in the Eastren Division, just a half game back of Reading - whom the Aeros just took 3-of-4 from - at Reading, no less.
However, there's no doubt that the hottest team in the Eastern League is Trenton at 13-2 followed closely by New Hampshire at 10-5 - but both are in the Northern Division.
Still, despite all the early-season distractions, the Aeros are in pretty good shape. Over the first three weeks of play, the team has had three players win individual leeague awards - DH Rodney Choy Foo won the EL Player of the Week award two weeks ago and OF Jon Van Every and LHP Aaron Laffey swept league honors last week as EL Player and Pitcher of the Week.
The Aeros really began to hit as an offensive unit on this last road trip, and now sits first in the 12-team league with a combined batting average of .277.
The pitchers have also handled the cold and wet weather well, and are tied for third in the league with Connecticut with a respectable 3.79 ERA.
Given the crazy circumstances in which the season started, not bad at all. Now, I can't wait to see what May brings when the batters really begin to heat up.