Where Do They Stand?
The Redbirds head into Tuesday's
day game at 34-44, trailing the Nashville Sounds by 11.5 games for first
place. The Iowa Cubs are a half
game back of
OF John Rodriguez was placed on
the DL as his knee has been bothering him as of late, IF Travis Hanson was
activated to take his place on the active roster. IF Rico
Tomo Ohka was signed and activated on June 20th and has already had two turns in the rotation. OF Joe Mather was called up on the same day and has been playing every day in right field. The most recent player to be called up to the big leagues is RHP Troy Percival, as he has displayed a mid nineties fastball and a terrific change-up in his brief time in Memphis.
Before heading to the DL, IF Rico
OF Rick Ankiel and 1B Tagg Bozied have combined for eight homers in the last ten games with Ankiel having five. In the same stretch, Ankiel has six RBI and seven runs scored while Bozied tallied four RBI and eight runs.
LHP Randy Keisler, Tuesday's starter, has fared well in his last two outings, going a combined 14.1 innings while allowing only two earned runs and striking out 14 while only walking four. Keisler has flourished while other pitchers have begun to feel fatigue setting in. He has earned the win in each of his last two outings and will look to help the Redbirds avoid the four game sweep at the hands of the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Before his recent call-up, Percival had gone six innings over five games and not allowed a run. Percival also had nine strikeouts in that span while only walking two and allowing three hits. His velocity increased in each outing and by his final outing on Sunday afternoon he looked like he was certainly ready to face major league hitters.
IF Mike McCoy, who got off to such
a hot start, has fallen back to earth.
He is only five of his last 29 with only five runs scored. McCoy has continued to play solid
defense and has been the everyday shortstop in place of Brendan Ryan, who is
IF John Nelson has only one hit in his last 15 at bats and has been relegated to pinch hit duty. Also, before going on the DL, John Rodriguez had only one hit in his last 21 at bats.
Still struggling is RHP Blake Hawksworth who had another rough start on Sunday. He went six and a third innings but gave
up six earned runs on ten hits. He
struck out only one and walked three.
Hawksworth started off by allowing three runs in the first inning but
continued to post zeroes until the seventh inning in which he was touched for a
three run home run by
What We Know
addition Mather is a guy who showed tremendous potential in
Blake Hawksworth showed glimpses in May of how good he can really be, but unfortunately June has been a tough month for him. His inability to overpower hitters hurts him when he needs key outs. His other big problem is the long ball as he's given up eight over his last three starts. Blake has a lot of tools and potential to match and with a good head on his shoulders, I fully expect him to learn from his mistakes and reach his potential. It doesn't look like he will ever be an overpowering pitcher though - more of a finesse guy - so giving up the long ball will not help him reach the majors.
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