The New Orleans Zephyrs are, as per usual, pitching quite well despite living in the Pacific Coast League. This season they are also scoring more runs, which has helped them to a 36-31 record.
In other words, they are probably the last team the struggling Albuquerque Isotopes (30-37) want to see right now. Albuquerque was just swept by Round Rock (31-36) and now New Orleans comes to town for four games starting Friday at 7:05 p.m.
The Zephyrs have four starting pitchers who are ranked among the Miami Marlins' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America. The only saving grace for the Isotopes might be that lefty Andrew Heaney (No. 1) is taking a break right now, while lefty Adam Conley (No. 8) is on the disabled list.
That will not make life any easier for Albuquerque. New Orleans' starting pitching has been among the best in the PCL, with three of the four starters scheduled for this series having ERAs under 3.50.
Offensively, the Zephyrs have four players with nine or more home runs. They got a boost recently when Miami sent first baseman Justin Bour back to New Orleans.
The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m., Sunday at 6:05 p.m., and Monday at 12:05 p.m. Scroll down for a more in-depth breakdown of the Zephyrs.