The 2008 Spinners will go down as one of the best teams in Lowell history. The Spinners are poised to make the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time in their history and have a good chance of breaking the franchise record of 42 wins.
The 2008 team also boasts several players who are approaching franchise records. Starter Kyle Weiland broke the team record of 23 consecutive innings without allwoing an earned with five no-hit innings last night at Hudson Valley. Weiland last allowed an earned run in the third inning of Lowell’s July 31st contest with Staten Island. In the 24 innings he has pitched since then he has allowed just 13 hits and four walks, two of which came while he pitched through a rainstorm. He has struck out 28 batters during his streak.
Weiland also has a good chance of breaking the team ERA record of 1.77. Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez set that mark in his 15 starts for Lowell during the 2004 season. Weiland has a 1.13 ERA in 14 games, nine starts. He needs to pitch six more inning to qualify for the record and his spot in the rotation will come up twice before the end of the year.
The Spinners top two offensive players were also on the verge of records. Outfielder Luis Sumoza’s 11 home runs were one shy of the club record before he was traded to Atlanta for Mark Kotsay. Right fielder Mitch Dening’s six triples are also one short of a club record, although Dening will have a chance to tie the mark in the final 10 Spinners games.