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Jim Negrych with a web gem Tuesday night (MILB.com/Bisons.com)
By Mike Harrington
In April, 2009 -- their first month in Buffalo -- the New York Mets put a putrid team here that posted a 2-16 record. Yes, 2-16.
In April, 2013 -- their first month -- the Toronto Blue Jays are making good on a lot of winter promises to put a good team here.
The Bisons are 13-4, have the top offense in minor-league baseball and can tie the franchise record for consecutive victories by earning their 10th straight tonight at 6 against the Pawtucket Red Sox in Coca-Cola Field. (Weather permitting, of course)
The Herd made it nine in a row with Tuesday's 5-3 win in the opener of a four-game series. The Bisons have won 10 straight twice previously, in April, 2002 and in August, 2004 under current manager Marty Brown.
Their numbers are off-the-charts crazy:
---The Bisons lead the league in team batting average (.321), slugging (.496), on-base percentage (.407) and OPS (.903). Click here for the team stats and click the columns to order the categories.
---They lead the league in runs (112) and runs per game (6.6) and are tied for the lead in home runs (18).
---A huge key is contact. The Bisons have an IL-low 92 strikeouts in 17 games -- 33 less than any other team. The biggest whiff crew in the league is Charlotte, which has 184 Ks. That's exactly double Buffalo's total. Wow.
---St. Francis product Jim Negrych is 22 for 44 in 12 games, and leads the league in batting (.500), slugging (.795), OPS (1.355) and on-base percentage (.560). Negrych has 22 hits (five doubles, a triple and two homers), and six walks in his 50 plate appearances.
---First baseman/DH Luis Jimenez had three RBIs last night and is tied for the league RBI lead with 20.