This week saw
Where Do They Stand?
The Redbirds are still in the
basement, now with a record of 27-32.
They are 7.5 games back from PCL North leading
3B Travis Hanson suffered back spasms after stepping awkwardly on first base trying to leg out a ground ball and has been sent to the Disabled List. In his place OF John Rodriguez was activated.
SS Brendan Ryan was called up to the big league squad for the first time and LHP Troy Cate was sent down after performing well in his brief stint. It's been said here before that Ryan is a capable defender with good range and a solid glove and high baseball IQ. He's also a hustler who takes extra bases when given the chance but has also been known to get himself in trouble by being too aggressive.
For some, the weekend is time to relax, but not for John Rodriguez. He homered in Friday and Saturday nights' ballgames and then twice on Sunday afternoon. At one point he had hit a home run in three consecutive at bats, going deep on his last at bat Saturday night and then in his first two Sunday. Prior to Monday's game he had five hits in 11 at bats, including four home runs and six runs scored to accompany his six RBI. JRod has said he's hungry and is ready to be up in St.Louis and he's certainly making a case for himself right now.
With the call-up of Brendan Ryan,
someone has to man the hole between second and third and that
man has been Mike McCoy. Since
joining the team from
With 14 hits in his last 37 at bats, OF Nick Stavinoha has quietly put together a good ten game stretch. In that span, Stavinoha has a home run with six RBI while splitting outfield time with Skip Schumaker, Rodriguez and Rick Ankiel. Speaking of Ankiel, he has also put together a solid week with three home runs in 36 at bats, as well as seven RBI and five runs including a walk off home run Friday night.
The midseason addition of RHP Hugo Castellanos has proved to be extremely valuable for the
C Ryan Christianson has only one hit in his last 12 at bats and his average now sits at .224. Christianson has been splitting time with C Matt Pagnozzi as of late. Also struggling is 1B Tagg Bozied since being activated from the DL. Bozied is only four of his last 24, with no home runs and two RBI. Bozied is still at .277 on the season with seven homers and 32 RBI.
A couple of key hitters in the
Randy Keisler entered Monday's
start having given up nine runs and 19 hits in his last 13 and a third
innings. It didn't get any better
for Keisler against the
What We Know
Rick Ankiel showed off his spectacular arm this week in a couple of games. First, earlier in the week he ran down a ball in left center, planted his foot and turned around without taking a step and hurled a ball to first base, throwing behind a runner who barely beat the throw. Ankiel's throw drew oohs and ahhs from the crowd at the accuracy and strength he showed. Then on Monday, he tried to run down a line drive down the right field line but it ricocheted off the wall and shot behind him and it looked as if the speedy Matt Kemp would score easily from first. Instead Ankiel picked the ball on the warning track and hurled a frozen rope to the plate where Kemp just slid under the tag of Pagnozzi. Ankiel's raw gifts are coming out the more he plays and as soon as they are harnessed, he will become a very solid player.
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