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2013 In Review: Vermont Lake Monsters
Team Overview From a win-loss perspective, it was a tough season for the Oakland A's short-season A affiliate. The Lake Monsters played well during the middle of the season, but they struggled out of the gate and down-the-stretch. The result was a 33-43 record and a last-place finish in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division. The New York-Penn League heavily leans towards favoring pitchers, and the Lake Monsters followed that league-wide trend this season. The league average slashline for 2013 was .242/.313/.338 and the Lake Monsters hit .225/.299/.319 as a team. New York-Penn League pitchers posted, on average, a 3.20 ERA. The Vermont staff posted a 3.06 ERA in 2013. Vermont averaged 3.2 runs per game this season and their team OPS of 618 was the third-lowest in the league (out of 14 teams). The Lake Monsters were in the middle of the league in homeruns (30) and strike-outs (583) and finished fifth in the league in walks (233). On the mound, the Lake Monsters didn't strike...
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