For the first time since early July, there seems to be a good reason to have hopes for the Evansville Otters. Otters

The manager change on July 5th caused some upheaval in the player's ranks (as you expect with any coaching change). My sentiments probably hit a low last week when the Otters were shut out three times in five days.

But the hitting seems to have finally come around again. That's the significant piece that's been missing for the last six to eight weeks. In July, the team has scored an average of 3.6 runs per game while allowing 4.6. This is despite good pitching and fielding. (After being in Evansville for four summers watching at least a few Otters games per season, I find that the Frontier League is oriented more to hitters than pitchers.)

For comparison, River City scored 5.4 runs per game so far in July, and has won a number of games by just one run. They also took a couple of games by scoring 15 runs!

I know this post sounds cliché. "We need to score more runs." But sometimes coaches really do know what their talking about, no matter what Stephen A. Smith might think.