continued In the batting lineup, with veteran hitters such as Corey Brown, Brett Carroll, Jason Michaels and Mark Teahen promising power, the youngsters can do their part by simply learning to get on base any way possible.
The rookie position players aren’t the only Chiefs who need to get on the ball. As evidenced by the number of runs allowed recently, Chiefs pitchers – especially the starters – need to keep the ball down to keep the team in the game. Syracuse hurlers have allowed ten home runs over the past ten games.
On the plus side, Chiefs hurlers stubbornly refuse to issue free passes. The Syracuse staff is third in the league in awarding the fewest bases-on-balls, which is a testament to the solid mentoring of the Chiefs no-nonsense pitching coach Greg Booker.
Meanwhile, first-year manager Tony Beasley would do well to instill a never-say-die attitude among his players. They need to be able to come back and compete for a win in the late innings even after falling behind. So far this dismal season, the Chiefs are 9-1 when tied or leading after six innings, 1-19 when trailing or tied.
It will take a concerted effort – that means teamwork – for the Chiefs to turn around its current 10-20 win-loss record.