That snow-induced, four-day wait to start the season hasn't hurt the Buffalo Bisons one bit. The Herd will be looking to push its record to 8-1 for the first time in its modern era when it opens a series Tuesday night at Toledo, the two-time defending champion of the International League. Buffalo's 7-1 record is the best in Triple-A and the Herd's 17-1 rout of Columbus Monday night set a team record for largest margin of victory, breaking the mark of 15 runs set on three occasions.
The Bisons are second in the IL in ERA (2.51) and runs scored (47), and third in both batting (.277) and stolen bases (11). Manager Torey Lovullo promised a more aggressive approach and has delivered, as Buffalo's 11-for-12 showing in stolen bases is the IL's best. It's a far cry from last season, when the Herd was just 11th in the 14-team league in steals. The big area of concern is defense, with Buffalo's 12 errors the most in the IL.
The best current start in the minors is the 12-0 run by Class A Augusta (Ga.), the South Atlantic League team owned by Cal Ripken Jr.