Ducks Continue to Struggle, Still Only 3.5 Games Out

Ryan Strieby was hitting .359 for the Ducks before he got hurt.
The Long Island Ducks continue to struggle during the early part of the 2013 season. The front office of the Ducks had made some slight roster moves to try and jump start the team but nothing has worked yet.

While the Ducks offense has played a little bit better over the last couple weeks, their pitching has been inconsistent, with their team ERA being 5.29 for the season. Most of that can be contributed to poor starting pitching.

To the Ducks credit they haven't been completely healthy this season with injuries to key players like Josh Barfield, Ryan Strieby, Ben Broussard and Bryant Nelson. Barfield and Strieby were having solid seasons hitting .333, and .359 respectively, but both are now on the inactive list.

The Ducks are still only three and half games out of first place, and can still make a run at the First Half Championship, but things will need to change quickly. Next week they have four games against Camden who currently sits in last place (only half game behind the Ducks) and can make up ground on the Bluefish, who play four games against the Somerset Patriots (20-8 on the season, and in second place in the Liberty Division) coming up.

One bright spot for the Ducks has been closer Leo Rosales who has a 1.54 ERA with 5 saves this season. If he continues to excel it will only be a matter of time before a Major League organization purchases his contract.

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