Needing a winning streak to get back into the Eastern League playoff race, the Akron Aeros went the other way over the past week, losing four of six games and falling to 56-64. That mark leaves the Aeros 8.5 games behind the Harrisburg Senators for first place in the Western Division and 7.5 games behind the Erie SeaWolves for the wild card spot with 21 games to go.
Seeing Akron go from winning the Eastern League in 2012 to eight games below .500 in 2013 is not all that surprising considering the youth of this year's team. Manager Edwin Rodriguez remarked on that after his team was shutout Thursday night.
"When you have a young team, you really don't know who's going to show up," Rodriguez said. "Sometimes they look like big leaguers… then the next day, you wonder if they know how to play baseball. But that happens when you have a young team, so that's why you have to be patient."
Despite the bleak playoff outlook, the Aeros will look to get back ...