All three Cardinals hitters saw action on Tuesday.
Outfielder Amaury Marti had a most typical feast and famine day with two hits and two strikeouts in four at-bats. He also scored a run. The Cuban émigré has been playing right field and batting in the sixth hole. Overall, Marti is hitting an impressive .338, which puts him in the top ten in the League, but he also ranks in the top ten in K's. His OPS of .901 is eighth in the AFL.
Shortstop Brendan Ryan moved up from #2 to the leadoff spot and had two hits, a sac fly and two RBI. He is batting .306, a very respectable 15th in a hitters' league with some much bigger names. On the downside, Ryan has a league-leading eight errors in the field in 26 games played.
Outfielder Nick Stavinoha came into Tuesday's game partway through and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He played in centerfield, not his usual corner spot. Stavinoha's AFL batting average is stuck at a disappointing .229. He attributed part of it to difficulty adjusting to not playing every day and seeing so many different pitchers in the AFL, an environment where one pitcher rarely goes more than three or four innings.
The recent news on the pitching front is mixed at best.
Starting pitcher Stuart Pomeranz followed up his best outing, a four-hit shutout over five innings, with his worst start of his campaign on Monday. He couldn't get an out in the third inning and was charged with seven hits, three walks and six earned runs. Lefties (.390) and righties (.389) are teeing off on him equally in his six AFL starts and his ERA sits at 9.00.
Reliever Mike Parisi allowed runs in all five of his initial appearances, but has settled down of late with only one run yielded over his last three outings (five innings). Overall, his Arizona ERA is 7.88. Parisi has fanned 14 in 16 innings, but has walked seven.
Reliever Dennis Dove hasn't pitched since Halloween due to reported forearm stiffness. Up until then, his 1.93 ERA and opposing batting average of .129 really stood out.
Reliever Eric Haberer suffered an appendicitis attack and was sent home to recuperate following surgery. He was removed from the roster on the 6th. Prior to then, the lefty posted a 4.50 ERA in seven outings. Haberer struck out six, but walked seven.
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