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Lake Elsinore Year in Review Part II

Gabe Ribas (stormbaseball.com)

<b>Pitchers</b><br>Several pitchers emerged this year at Lake Elsinore as potential Padres for the future. Lake Elsinore has proven to be a great place to hit, but also a very tough place to pitch and play defense. As much as hitters benefit from Lake Elsinore, pitchers suffer with ballooning earned run averages (ERA's) and shattered confidences. The Storm pitchers finished in the middle of the pack in the California League's overall pitching rankings.

The grass on the fields in the California League tends to be cut short which in the high dry heat of most of the stadiums creates an asphalt-like effect with the ball rocketing through the infield. With Javier Martinez injured for much of the season, the starting pitching was spotty, especially after Justin Germano was promoted to Mobile. The bullpen, however, was much better with two very...

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