The Johnson City Cardinals were 2-5 this week (20-12 overall). The Cardinals have lost a season-high five games in-a-row. They remained in first place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League, one game ahead of the Elizabethton Twins and four games ahead of a playoff spot. The Cardinals still have the best record in the league while the Twins have the second best. As a point of comparison, the Cardinals started their 2010 Championship season with a 21-11 record.
I was able to attend three of the
seven games in person this week. I
attended Sunday's home game against Princeton and Friday and Saturday's games in
In case you missed a previous 2011 report, you can review them here:
3B/1B Hector Garcia has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Garcia was hitting .321 with three doubles, one home run, and no errors over 21 games. Garcia played 10 games at third and 8 games at first in the GCL. He had 82 putouts, 6 assists, and started 4 double plays at third as he put together an 8.80 range factor per game. For comparison, 3B Roberto De La Cruz had 12 errors in 17 games at third base with a .776 fielding percentage and a 2.24 range factor per game. See also: Garcia: GCL Return Ended.
|Manager Mike Shildt explains the ground rules|
The roster has increased from30 to 31 active players (max of 35).
Note: Jeff Luhnow, Brent Strom, Mike Matheny,
and other Cardinals officials have all been recently seen in
C Kolby Byrd (.244) missed four games after suffering concussion-like symptoms but being cleared by team doctors. Byrd was hit in the side of the head with a swing follow-through while catching last week.
|Manuel De La Cruz|
P Manuel De La Cruz (0-0, 0.00
ERA) suffered some discomfort while pitching early last week. As a result, the lefty was given three
days of complete rest and then had to go through a six day build-up to get back
into the active pitching rotation.
De La Cruz has completed the rehab and should be available (if needed) to
pitch Sunday evening in
3B/DH Roberto De La Cruz was hit
by a pitch on Thursday night in
Team Statistical Review
The offense decreased for the
third week in a row this week. The
batters posted a .252/.319/.465 line this week after a .269/.333/.524 line last
week. Their AVG/OBP/SLG line
through 32 games this year is .269 (2nd)/.333 (6th)/.431
(1st). Their best
placement in the league is first in total bases (484) and slugging (.431). They are second in the league in at bats
(1124), runs (191), hits (302), home runs (31), and average (.269). They hit eleven home runs for the second
week in a row. They are last in the
league in drawing walks (93).
|Roberto De La Cruz|
The defense committed 11 errors that contributed to seven unearned runs this week. 3B Roberto De La Cruz (13 errors) had four errors this week, three throwing and one fielding. Middle infielders Tyler Rahmatulla (three errors) and Matt Williams (two errors) each added two errors this week.
The Cardinals pitching staff struggled this week and dropped to second in team earned run average (3.48) after posting a 4.45 ERA this week. Through 32 games, the pitchers have the best walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) in the league (1.30), the most wins (20), the fewest losses (12), the most holds (17), and the fewest walks allowed (83). The starters were 1-3 this week while the relievers were 1-2 with three blown saves. The relievers inherited 17 runners this week and allowed nine runners to score (53% scored). On the season, the pitchers have allowed 39% of inherited runners to score.
The week started with two wins
against the first place Princeton Rays and then ended with a five game losing
streak. The team had a season low
three hits on Wednesday in Princeton in a 5-3 loss and then followed that up by
being shutout for the first time this year in a four hit night in
The Cardinals were a combined
0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the entire three game series in
Princeton but they followed that up with a very respectable 12-for-32 (.375) in
|Doug White with Jose Pasen|
Although Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 4.03
ERA) had poor results Friday night in
Princeton 4 @
Starting Pitchers and Pitch Counts
As a reminder, listed below are
the starting pitcher rotations for
Starting Pitchers (7):
RHP Tyrell Jenkins (1)
RHP Josh Lucas (2)
RHP Eduardo Hiraldo (4)
RHP Jose Pasen (5)
LHP Ben Freeman (6)
7/17: Josh Lucas: 79 pitches, 58 strikes, 23-for-27 first-pitch strikes.
7/18: Kyle Hald: 81 pitches, 55 strikes, 13-for-22 first-pitch strikes.
7/18: Ryan Sherriff: 32 pitches, 18 strikes, 5-for-9 first-pitch strikes.
7/19: Eduardo Hiraldo: 85 pitches, 52 strikes, 14-for-24 first-pitch strikes.
7/20: Jose Pasen: 69 pitches, 47 strikes, 17-for-23 first-pitch strikes.
7/22: Tyrell Jenkins: 59 pitches, 38 strikes, 11-for-17 first-pitch strikes.
7/23: Josh Lucas: 90 pitches, 65 strikes, 24-for-28 first-pitch strikes.
Note: The pitch count for Hiraldo on 7/19 is a rough estimate since the internet broadcast was lost at times and the announcer missed a few pitches.
Who's Hot (Hitters)
Four different hitters hit .300 or better this week. Those four are featured below in decreasing order of batting average for the week.
|Roberto De La Cruz signs for a young fan|
DH/3B Roberto De La Cruz (.304) was 6-for-10 (.600) with three runs, two doubles, two home runs, and four errors in three games this week. De La Cruz is tied for seventh in the league in home runs (6), is eighth in slugging (.587), and is ninth in slugging plus on base percentage or OPS (.947).
RF Anthony Garcia (.354) was 10-for-22 (.455) with three doubles, a triple, and five walks in seven games this week. Garcia is fourth in the league in batting average (.354), fourth in OPS (1.000), fifth in on base percentage (.427), sixth in slugging (.573), and tied for sixth in triples (3).
1B/DH/LF David Bergin (.286) was
5-for-13 (.385) with three runs and a double in four games this week. Bergin's parents were in town from
CF Steven Ramos (.333), despite hitting just .217 this week, led the team with five RBIs and is still a league leader in several other categories: tied for first in stolen bases (16), tied for first in hits (41), second in runs (32), fifth in at bats (123), and seventh in batting average (.333).
2B Tyler Rahmatulla (.289), despite hitting just .250 with seven strikeouts this week, is tied for third in the league in doubles (10).
C/DH Kolby Byrd (.244) was 4-for-13 (.308) with two RBIs and his first professional home run over three games this week. The home run by Byrd leaves C Jesus Montero as the last batter without a home run.
SS Matt Williams (.245), despite going just 4-for-24 this week (.167) with seven strikeouts, is tied for eighth in the league in walks (16).
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
1B David Washington (.202) was 2-for-17 (.118) in four games this week.
C Jesus Montero (.241) was 1-for-8
(.125) in three games this week.
Montero's parents have also been in town all week to see Jesus play. They had planned to bring his brother
down to see Jesus play also while he was on the DL with the AAA-Yankees however,
he recovered quickly enough to miss the trip south to
RF Gary Apelian (.283) was 3-for-23 (.130) in six games this week.
Who's Hot (Pitchers)
Pitchers with walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIPs) of 1 or less with at least three innings pitched this week included Roberto Canache (0.30) and Kyle Hald (0.50).
Pitchers with strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) of 9 or more with at least three innings pitched this week included Roberto Canache (16.2) and Kyle Hald (9.0).
Roberto Canache (1-0, 1.76 ERA,
1.43 WHIP, 1.20 BB/9, 9 K/9) allowed no runs and just one hit this week over
three and one third innings pitched.
The 21-year-old from
Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)
Jose Pasen (8.44), Tyler Mills (6.00), and Eduardo Hiraldo (5.07) were the only pitchers with ERAs above four with at least three innings pitched this week. Hiraldo allowed two home runs this week, Pasen struck out just two over five and one third innings pitched, and Mills allowed a 2.00 WHIP and 6.0 BB/9 over two games and three innings pitched.
Week Six Schedule
Game 33 (Sun): Sherriff/Hald vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 34 (Mon): Hiraldo vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 35 (Tue): Pasen vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 36 (Thu): Freeman vs.
Game 37 (Fri): Jenkins vs.
Game 38 (Sat): Lucas vs.
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