Erie MLN: Falling on Hard Times

Romero has been steady despite team's struggles

With the mindset of looking to make a strong final push before the season ends, the SeaWolves aspired to put some more tallies in the win column this past week but unfortunately the club fell short of those aspirations.

The team managed to go just 2-5 this past week by losing three of four to Reading and falling short in two of three games against the Baysox. Ever since mid-August the howlers have hit the skids and have only won four of their last seventeen games.

Lately, Erie just hasn't been able to have a game where their hitting and pitching have been on the same page. The club has struggled with this for most of the season and it appears that this theme will continue right up to the end of the season.

Going For The Record

Niuman Romero currently has 154 hits for the season, most in the Eastern League, and is chasing Omar Infante's single season hit record for a SeaWolves player. Infante had 163 hits in the 2001 season as a member of the Erie Seawolves organization.

Adding one more hit to his season total last night, Romero is currently tied for third place with former SeaWolves player Shawn Wooten on the all-time single season hit list for a player in an Erie uniform.

Throughout this year Romero has been one of the best hitters on the SeaWolves team. He doesn't have the flashy homerun or RBI numbers that we love to talk about but he has a natural knack to place the ball in gaps and usually gets multiple hits a night. The up and coming shortstop's ability to get hits and get on base has helped Erie tremendously in the run production department, an area where the club has struggled all year. Romero also has great vision at the plate, which has made him the fourth-toughest hitter to strike out in the Eastern League with one strike out for every 9.47 plate appearances.

Is 60 A Possibility?

With a record of 57-79, in 6th place in the Western Division and playoff hopes vanquished, the club turns to other short term goals to reach for at the end of the season. Erie is just three wins short of posting 60 wins for the year. If Erie could reach the 60 win mark, it would be a small milestone for the team in this tough season and end the season on a positive high note.

The Final Five

Erie has just five games remaining on the 2012 schedule and five more chances to get to 60 wins. The ‘Wolves will wrap up a four game road series against the Baysox tonight and then return home to the Port City for three games versus the Altoona Curve. Erie will close the season by playing the Curve on Labor Day, game time 1:35 pm.

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