Current Record: 19-16
Current Standings (as of July
23): Tied for third place with
Mike O'Neill – It comes as no
surprise that O'Neill was promoted from Batavia as soon as he played in the
field for the majority of the week, as he did last week. The left fielder's promising 2010
Scott Bittle – Saturday saw the arrival of the right-handed reliever from the Rookie level GCL Cardinals. Bittle is trying to work his way back from more than two years of shoulder problems. Since being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, he had not appeared in a game until this season. His first week as a Muckdog is recapped below.
Infielder Garrett Wittels has been moved into the lead-off slot in the batting order since O'Neill was promoted to Quad Cities. Wittels responded with a "Hot" week.
Seth Maness' start on Sunday only lasted one inning. The right-hander did not come back out for the second inning because "something didn't feel right," according to a team official. He was to be re-evaluated later in the week with his next turn in the rotation coming on Friday, the 22nd. Pat Daugherty took that start instead.
Hector Hernandez is gradually stretching out his starts after missing time with a strained side muscle. The first start after his return on July 8th lasted only an inning. His second start on July 14th went two innings and this week's start on July 19th was up to four innings. Fellow southpaw Pat Daugherty has remained on the same pitching schedule as Hernandez with the former's innings declining as Hernandez' have increased. As noted above, Daugherty, a member of Batavia's original rotation this season, may need to slide into Seth Maness' slot, depending on how Maness responds going forward.
Scott Bittle made two game appearances this week and they were a mixed bag. His short-season debut on the 17th was scoreless but that was mainly because fellow right hander Eric Binder bailed him out of a bases-loaded with two outs situation. Bittle gave up a hit and two walks to go with two strikeouts in that game. His July 19th appearance was much improved as he faced four batters, walking one and striking out one.
Catcher Casey Rasmus is off to a hot start in limited action. Rasmus is hitting .381/.417/.452/.869, 16-for-42 in 14 games, with a double and a triple. He has walked six times against six strikeouts and has stolen two bases. In a recent radio interview by Tony Rasmus, he was asked to describe Casey and he said that his strong suit was that he was a very good catch-and-throw catcher. Rasmus is sharing the catching duties with Juan Castillo and Kevin Moscatel and has served as the designated hitter as well.
There was a Yunier Castillo sighting this week. In fact, there were two sightings as the infielder returned to action after two plus weeks out. Castillo went 1-for-7 with a walk and two runs batted in.
While he did not get the "Hot"
mention, shortstop Cesar Valera had his best week of the season to date.
The stats in this report are through July 20th.
Bergman went .409/.500/.455/.955, 9-for-22 with a double and five walks against just one strikeout. He had a .429 BABIP and stole three bases.
Wittels went .333/.400/.556/.956, 6-for-18 with two doubles, two walks and seven strikeouts. He had a .545 BABIP.
In what was a very tough call, lefty starter Jonathan Cornelius' two starts earn him "Hot" honors this week. He allowed only four hits and one run/earned while striking out eight in 11 innings for a 0.82 ERA and .111 BAA. Cornelius' 3.75 FIP is due to three factors: one of his four hits allowed was a home run, he hit a batter and he walked two. He had a 0.55 WHIP and 4:1 K/BB ratio.
Centerfielder Nick Martini really struggled at the plate, going .156/.273/.263/.536, 3-for-19 with a triple, three walks and four strikeouts. He had a .200 BABIP.
Reliever Cory Baker's two appearances over four innings this week were enough of a mixed bag to get him the "Not" notice. The right-hander did pick up a win in each appearance but that only goes to show just how irrelevant wins and losses are when assessing pitching performance. One of his two wins was the result of a blown save when Baker started the ninth inning with a three-run lead and allowed Tri-City to tie the game on three hits, including a two-run home run. Overall, he gave up six hits and two walks against four strikeouts for a .313 BAA, 2.00 WHIP, 5.95 FIP and 9.00 ERA.
How They Stack Up:
With Mike O'Neill's departure for Quad Cities, the Muckdogs do not have any player ranked in the league's top ten in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage or OPS.
Seth Maness' 0.31 ERA is league
best but his potential injury is cause for concern. He also leads the league with a 0.59
WHIP. Danny Miranda is tied with
The Muckdogs won Sunday's contest
to secure the series' win 8-3: link
(very generic recap by the Daily News
that does not even get
The Muckdogs finished the week
with a four-game series with
The home town team defeated
Friday's fill-in starter Pat
Daugherty was touched up for five runs in the second inning en route to a 7-4
home loss to
The weekly report returns on August 6th with a special report coming next Saturday.
for Leonda Markee about this
© 2011 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com and stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.