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Buffalo Bulls In The Minors: Tom Murphy, Steve Geltz, Nick Sinay, Mike Burke, and Mike Kaelin

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Tom Murphy

Murphy spent a good part of July getting more disciplined at the plate. The reward has been his batting average shooting up to 0.320 from a place near the Mendoza Line at the expense of his home run totals.

This week we got the best of both worlds. Murphy was 5-15 with two home runs, two RBI's, and four runs scored.

Postseason: The next week will make or break Albuquerque's chances for postseason action. Currently the Isotopes are six and a half games out of first in the Pacific Southern Division and their elimination number is ten. The big opportunity they have is a five game home stand versus first place El Paso later this week and then two games at El Paso in September. It's a long shot at this point but their fate is in their own hands.

It should be noted that I expect Murphy to get a peek at the Bigs later this year so even if they miss the playoffs his season may not yet be over.

Steve Geltz

Geltz has used August to pull his ERA down from near 6.00 to a respectable 3.38. This past week he pitched in two games, a total of three innings, and gave up no runs.

Postseason: Durham is in the middle of a four-team dog fight for the International League South. Four teams are within 1.5 games of first and Durham plays each at least three times. Like the Isotopes they control their own fate but because they are behind by a game and a half they have absolutely no room to trip up.

There is a *slight* chance Geltz could go back up to the majors after the AAA season is done. If Tampa needs a short reliever Geltz is probably #1 or #2 on their list from the farm system. After the brutal season he had with the Rays back in the spring it might be nice for him to have some success to end the year.

Mike Burke

Burke has gotten beaten up in his last two outings. The right handed pitcher gave up three runs in 2.1 innings work of work and it moved his ERA up into the mid-5.00s.

Postseason: The South Atlantic League splits their season into two halves. The winner of each division in the first and second half constitute the four teams that make the playoffs. Delmarva lost the first half of division play by a half game and they are very far behind, 10.5 games, with a couple of weeks left in the second half.

There is almost no chance that Delmarva makes the post season.

Nick Sinay

Sinay is finishing the season strong. In his last four games he is 5 for 12, has drawn five walks, scored seven runs, and stole six bases.

Postseason: Bluefield is one game behind Burlington in their quest to win the Appalachian league East. They are a half a game in front of the Princeton Rays which means, at second place, they would make the post season if it started today. They need to hold off Princeton, a team they will play in the final four games of the regular season.

Mike Kaelin

Two games, 3.2 innings and nobody scored a run on Kaelin over the past week. His ERA on the season is 1.88 on the season and 1.5 over the past ten appearances.

Post Season: Burlington is 12 games out of first and lost the "first half" of the season by 8 games. It's fair to guess that unless the Angels move Kaelin to another team that he will not see the post season.