The Johnson City Cardinals finished the week (Sunday through Saturday) with a record of 1-3 to take their overall record to 3-6. Thursday's game against the Burlington Royals was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 2. The team had scheduled off-days on both Friday and Saturday. The Cardinals are currently in third place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League – five and half games behind the Elizabethton Twins and two and half games behind the Kingsport Mets. The offense is currently seventh in the nine-team league in batting average (.250), having dropped three positions and .028 points in just four games. The offense is eighth in the league in runs, doubles, runs-batted-in, strikeouts, and on-base percentage. The pitching ranks sixth in earned run average (5.59), third in walks-plus-hits per inning pitched (1.76 WHIP), and first in home runs allowed (three).
I was able to attend the three of the four games in person and those observations provide the basis for this report. Twenty-seven of the twenty-nine active players on the roster played this week. Starting pitcher Matt North is listed as "day-to-day" by Pitching Coach Sid Monge due to tendinitis in his right arm. Relief pitcher Steve Hill was the only healthy player to see no action this week, as far as I know.
The Week in Review
Six: Sunday's game was the
second of the two-game series in
Seven: Monday's game was the first of a
two-game series against the Danville Braves in
Eight: Tuesday's game was the second of the
Danville Braves series. A close
game until the top of the ninth inning, when Danville scored four runs on four
hits and two walks against second tandem starter Senger Peralta (0-2, 15.88
Nine: Trying to halt a five-game losing
streak, the Cardinals began a two-game series against the Burlington Royals on
Wednesday night. The first close
home game of the year ended up in Cardinal victory by a score of 3-2. The Cardinals scored all three runs in
the bottom of the first inning and then were able to hold on for the win despite
committing five errors – two in the top of the ninth. First baseman Charlie Pelt, in what
turned out to be his final game as a Johnson City Cardinal – even though he
didn't realize it at the time – was the star of the game. Pelt finished the game going only
1-for-4 but his lone hit was a three-run home run. The 380-foot shot to right field
extended Pelt's hit streak to nine games and gave starter Jose Arredondo all the
cushion he needed to become pitcher-of-the-game. Arredondo (1-1, 5.68 ERA) was regularly
throwing both his fastball and off-speed pitch for strikes over five innings
pitched. Arredondo averaged only
3.2 pitches per batter-faced while recording five strikeouts and no walks. Closer Pete Parise recorded his second
save of the year in as many opportunities by averaging only 2.6 pitches per
batter over one and two thirds innings.
Parise coaxed two groundball outs, recorded two swinging strikeouts, and
started an impressive
Players of the Week
Each week, the roster is categorized into four
categories: Starting pitchers,
relievers, starting position players, and reserves. I then select one player from each
category that warrants special notice as the
Jose Arredondo is the starting pitcher of the week. Five innings pitched, one run, 0.60 WHIP, and a win pretty much sealed the deal for Arredondo. Jose Mateo followed up his week-two pitcher-of-the-week award with a second good outing this week. Mateo scattered five hits (one double) over four innings in the error filled game to come up second this week.
Pete Parise is the reliever of the week. Parise appeared in three of the four games this week, allowing only two hits and one walk over three innings pitched. Parise inherited four runners this week, allowed none of them to score, added a save, and extended his streak to six inherited runners with no runners scoring.
As much as I wanted to award this to a different
player this week than last week, I just couldn't do it for two reasons. First, he deserved it again, leading the
team in virtually every offensive category for the second week in a row. Second, he was just promoted to
Mike Folli is the reserve player of the week. It wasn't so much that Folli performed all that great, going 2-for-9 (.222) with a triple, a walk, and two stolen bases, as much as it was that the other reserves were a combined for 1-for-21 with nine strikeouts. Folli is starting to look like a Mike McCoy utility-type player – having played second base, third base, and center field (exhibition game) so far this year.
Scout and manager Joe Almaraz signed right-handed pitcher Ray Silva - an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas-Pan American.
Promoted first baseman Charlie Pelt to
Promoted closer Pete Parise to
Acquired infielder Tony Cruz from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
Acquired outfielder Joey Hage from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
There are no updates on shortstop Pete Kozma. We still expect him to join the Johnson City Cardinals when and if he signs.
Errors – a whopping twenty-seven in just nine games. An average of three errors per game is clearly an unacceptable number. They have been in all aspects of the game and by fourteen different players. There have been nine throwing errors, eleven fielding errors, five pick-off errors, and two catcher's interference errors. Shortstop Domnit Bolivar leads the team with six errors (four this week).
The team continues to struggle with getting two-out runs-batted-in with runners in scoring position. They have had thirty-three opportunities so far and have delivered only three times. That computes to a .091 average. The team was 0-for-16 this week. Edwards, Mitchell, and Vera lead the team in this category at 0-for-5.
The team has had a radar gun mounted in the press
box behind home plate and a pitch-velocity readout on the scoreboard over the
last few years but the team told me that when the outfield wall and scoreboard
fell last year, the city of
Who is hot
P-Pete Parise (promoted to
1B-Charlie Pelt (promoted to
SP-Jose Mateo (seventh in league in ERA with 2.00, fifth in league in strikeouts with 10, and sixth in league in WHIP with 1.22)
SP-Mark Diapoules (fifth in league in ERA with 1.13, eighth in league in WHIP with 1.25, .056 batting average against with runners in scoring position)
RP-LaCurtis Mayes (ninth in league in ERA with 2.25, .214 batting average against)
LF-Beau Riportella (sixth in league with three stolen bases)
RP-Chuckie Fick (12.00 groundball-out to fly-ball-out ratio)
Who is not
SP-Senger Peralta (two losses, eleven runs, ten earned runs, .429 batting average against)
SP-Omar Javier (ten runs, seven earned runs, .333 batting average against)
RP-Wladimir Mendoza (five walks, .333 batting average against)
SP-Mark Diapoules (five hit batters – although two were in the "baggy jersey" – tuck in those shirts!)
3B- Nick Vera (4-for his last-31, .129, after going 4-for-4 with two doubles in his first game)
LF- Beau Riportella (.077 in
The whole team with two outs and runners in scoring position.
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