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Happenings Down South: Leading the League

Rangel Ravelo is leading the way for the PCL leading Redbirds

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Media Day Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Rangel Ravelo is on fire right now. In his last 10 games, Ravelo is 16 of 28 (.571) including 2 homers and 9 RBIs. Overall on the season Ravelo is hitting a 12th-in-the-PCL .313 with 42 RBIs and 9 homers. Rangel is also 10th in the PCL in slugging at .926. The other usual suspects continue to get it done at the plate as well. Oscar Mercado is still on track to set personal bests in most categories for the Birds. As of late, one name to watch has been Luke Voit. Voit has hit .366 in his last 10 games with 10 RBIs and 3 homers, including hitting for the cycle this weekend against Iowa.

On the mound, AAA All-Star Game Starter Dakota Hudson, keeps rollling along. Dakota went an impressive 5-0 in the month of June, striking out 23 and giving up only 4 earned runs. Fellow All Star Daniel Poncedeleon went 3-1 in June and like hudosn, had 23 strike outs with just 3 more earned runs at 7. As a unit the Birds’ pitching staff is still one of the best in the PCL. The Redbirds’ starters have thrown 41 quality starts in 83 games this season through Sunday, best in the league. Last season, Memphis had only 55 the entire campaign. On top of that, the Birds are leading the league in ERA (3.51), Saves (28), and Shutouts (7). The Birds also stand at 2nd in Strikeouts (720), Runs Allowed (330), and WHIP (1.51).

Ivan Pierre Aguirre for the El Paso Chihuahuas

The Redbirds continue to be on a pace to set records this season. 3 gmaes ahead of Fresno, at 52 wins, the Redbirds are on pace to eclipse last season’s record setting regular season win total of 91. Another impressive number on offense is their propensity to win when scoring 5 runs or more this year. The Birds are 36-5 in those games, including a beastly 22-2 on the road. When the Redbirds don’t score 5 their record is just 15-27.

Looking ahead, the Birds will close out their series at Iowa on the 2nd and 3rd before playing 9 straight games against Omaha, the first 5 at AutoZone Park. Sandwiched in the middle is the AAA All Star Game, July 11th, which will include the aforementioned Hudson and Poncedeleon, along with 3B Patrick Wisdom.