I left the blogsphere for a few days hoping some time away would give the Aeros time to come up with something positive for me to write about...Didn't work.
The team is a mess. The Aeros are a mere 6-11 and in last place in the Eastern League Southern Division. They have to yet to crack .500 this season. They were held to a season-low three hits in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to rival Altoona and have now lost 5 of the last 6 games.
In truth, there are very few bright spots to point out. The pitching - starters (save for lefty David Huff) and the bullpen (save for Jeff Stevens, and he even had a rough outing two days ago) are struggling.
To compound the issue, the offense isn't hitting. The team has mustered no more than three runs on seven hits over the last 18 innings. Even 3B Wes Hodges, who went on a phenomenal tear during the last home stand with a career-high 7-RBI game, has cooled off. Sine then, he has driven in just one run.
Injuries to leftfielder and leadoff man Trevor Crowe (back) and right fielder Stephen Head (wrist) have really hurt the lineup. To make matters worse, when Head went down last week, the team received infielder Brandon Pinckney from extended spring trinaing, not an outfielder.
Nothing at all against Pinckney, but with only three outfielders ont he roster, second baseman Brandon Chaves is being moved to the outfield to fill in. He's done such in the past when he played for Altoona, but only sparingly. Chaves certianly is no long term answer there, and we could be talking long term as Crowe's back kept him from even making the current road trip with his teammates as he stayed back to rehab.