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Buffalo Bisons Struggle in First Half of May

While the weather in Buffalo is starting to warm up, the Bisons’ were hot out of the gate in April but are cooling down in May. The Bisons have compiled a record of just 4-9 in the month of May. Despite their recent losing record, the Bisons are still two games over .500 with a 18-16 overall record.

Buffalo currently sits in third place in the International League North just two and a half games behind the leading Pawtucket Red Sox. The Bisons have played well at home so far this season. Buffalo has earned a 12-7 record at Coca-Cola Field. All four wins in the month of May were waged in front of the hometown fans.

Meanwhile, on the road the story for the Bisons is a bit different. Buffalo currently has a 6-9 road record. The team has lost all six of their tilts on the road in the month of May in games against the Durham Bulls and Norfolk Tides.

The Herd will hit the road to play games against the Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens next week. These two series will provide Buffalo with an opportunity to change their road misfortunes. The rest of the Bisons’ schedule during the month of May will take place in Buffalo where the team has a winning record.

Matt Hague and Chris Colabello have been two of Buffalo’s most consistent hitters this season. Hague has a .331 batting average while Colabello is batting a .337 on the season which exceeds the Bisons’ overall team batting average of .255. Colabello and Hauge are tied for the team lead with 18 RBIs, Colabello leads the Bisons with 5 HRs, and Hague leads the team with 40 hits.

While some of Buffalo’s hitters have been decent, the club has had it’s struggles with hitting home runs this season. In fact, the Bisons’ are second-worst in the International League hitting just nine home runs on the season.

A gap of 618 at-bats separated the Bisons’ last two home runs. Buffalo’s Brad Glenn snapped this streak tonight in the game against Toledo but this is definitely an area that the Bisons will need to improve upon going forward.

Buffalo secured the win tonight to open a home series against the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field by a 6-4 score. The Bisons will play Toledo three more during this home stand.

Toledo has a 12-21 record on the season including a 7-11 record on the road. The Mud Hens have struggled in recent games winning just two of their last ten ball games. Buffalo will look to build momentum after tonight’s victory against the struggling Mud Hens and get back on the winning track during the second-half of May.

Tim Olewniczak

Tim is a proud alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a published historian. He previously wrote for TheHockeyWriters.com where he covered the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. He has been writing for Legends On Deck since April 2015 covering the Baltimore Orioles.