This week is the busiest for the NPF teams as some play as many as 8 games in 7 days.
The Chicago Bandits are currently in first place and it's their pitching depth that has set the tone. Heading into today's game the Bandit's staff has a 1.93 ERA and has only given up 11 home runs on the season. The Bandits own 3 of the top 5 ERA's in the NPF and those are all below 1.70. Monica Abbott leads the staff with a .53 ERA.
Megan Wiggins of the Bandits leads the league at the plate with a .462 average. As a team the Bandits are batting .317 and have hit 30 home runs. The long ball has helped them win 9 of their last 10 games.
The Florida Pride has a team pitching ERA of 2.38 and they have given up 20 home runs on the year. Cat Osterman leads the NPF in strikeouts with 163, which is well over her last season total.
The Pride offense leads the NPF with a team batting average of .319. Also to note, Pride players have 5 of the top 7 batting averages in the league. They are led by Natasha Watley with a .402 average.
The Akron Racers have a team batting average of .247. A bright spot for them offensively has been Charlotte Morgan who signed as a free agent in the off season. Morgan leads the team with a .338 average and 19 RBI's.
The Racers pitching staff has a 4.40 ERA and has given up 25 home runs on the season. They are led by veteran Lisa Norris with 1.23 ERA. However with Norris out with an injury it will be up to the rookies to hold down the fort while the veteran tries to heal in time for the Championship Series.
The Comets team batting average is .208 and have had consistency from Amanda Kamekona at .274. Being a first year team, the majority of the pitchers on the Comet staff are young, but have shown some bright spots. An obvious achilles heel for them however, is the fact the pitching staff leads the league with most home runs given up, at 40.
All in all, it should be a battle to the end of the regular season. That Cowles Cup.....we will see if the old saying holds true, "numbers never lie."