The road is rough. The Greeneville Astros played 14 of the last 17 games of July on the road. That can wear on you. They went 8-9 over that stretch and three of the wins were the home games.
Very few players maintained their hot starts from June. However, the G-Stros finished July 1/2 game ahead of Johnson City for the wild card spot. Let's look at the team leaders:
Jean Batista has been hot as of late. He goes into August riding a 14 game hitting streak. During July, he hit .309 with nine doubles, a triple and three HR.
His 50 hits and 78 total bases on the season place him in the league lead. He is tied for the league lead in doubles with 13. His 26 RBI tie him for 6th best. his .547 slugging percentage is good for 4th best, as is his .333 average. His .902 OPS is the 8th best.
D'Andre Toney is one of the few G-Stros who saw his numbers increase during July. After hitting just .200 in nine games in June, he has hit a solid .298 in 26 games in July.
He has scored 28 runs which places him tied for 7th in the Appy. His 39 hits place him at 8th best and his eight stolen bases ties him for fourth most in the league.
Brian Blasik has been struggling lately. (To tell you the truth I feel somewhat responsible for this. Since I posted my story on Brian on 7/19, he has hit just .178. Brian - let me know if I need to kill a chicken, take you to lunch, anything the shake things up). Yet for the month, he hit .286 and still is among the league leaders in several categories.
His 42 hits are good for 5th best in the league. His 11 doubles tie him for 4th best in that category. He is tied with Batista at 26 RBI which is the most on the team and 7th most in the league. His .313 average for the season is 7th best in the Appy.
Ariel Ovando also saw an average dip during July. After hitting .364 in his first 11 games, he hit just .284 in the 27 games of July. He did how ever hit four home runs during the month to go along with the four doubles he hit.
His 45 hits are good for 3rd overall in the league. His 23 RBIs place him in a tie for 10th most. The 68 total bases he has amassed are good enough for 6th best, and his .308 average is good enough for a tie for 8th.
Other Greeneville Astros among league leaders include:
Ernesto Genoves' 11 doubles ties him for 4th most.
And in the not so great category:
Terrell Joyce is tied for 7th most Ks with 41. Ovando's 40 place him 9th. Marc Wik has been caught stealing six times for second most in the league.
As a team, their .268 average is still the second best in the league. They have the second most hits (377), the third most doubles (77), and the second most total bases (543). They are in the middle of the pack in most other categories. The do bring up the rear in fewest triples (4) and have the second most caught stealings at 18. The good news is that they were only caught stealing four times in July.