It wasn't a pretty week for
Where Do They Stand?
RHP Andy Cavazos has returned to the team after a short stint with the Cardinals. Cavazos was a crucial cog in the Redbird bullpen and will return to his role as a setup man.
Let's start with the All-Star Mark
Worrell. Worrell has delivered a
solid season, posting a 3.50 ERA in 28 games. Those 28 appearances have spanned 36
innings, in which Worrell has compiled 36 strikeouts to only 17 walks. He's also allowed only 27 hits this year
while appearing whenever needed, be it the sixth inning or the eighth. Worrell
has been a stalwart for the
RHP Hugo Castellanos has not allowed an earned run dating back to June 7th. In the six appearances and 10.1 innings since, he has given up only three hits while striking out seven. Castellanos, Worrell and the recently returning Cavazos give the Redbirds a strong setup crew for closer Brian Falkenborg.
Since returning from the DL, INF Travis Hanson has found himself and has been hitting very well. In his last ten games, he has averaged .313 with two home runs and four RBI. Hanson has been working with hitting coach Rick Eckstein and it looks like he may have turned the corner.
OF Nick Stavinoha has been hitting in the four spot of the lineup as of late but his production has tailed off. Stavinoha has only two RBI over his last ten games while batting .243. Stavinoha also has no extra base hits and has not drawn a walk over that same span.
The month of June has not been kind to RHP Chris Lambert. Lambert compiled an 8.62 ERA for the month giving up 15 earned runs in 15.1 innings. He's walked six while striking out 13 as well as allowing 23 hits.
Another player who has had trouble since the middle of June is C Ryan Christianson. Christianson has only five hits in his last 27 at bats although two of those hits were home runs.
What We Know
The Redbirds have hit another rough patch and this time the problem is a lack of offense. The team has had consistent power production from Ankiel but the other middle of the order hitters have been anything but consistent. Stavinoha and Tagg Bozied have struggled to be consistent threats while Joe Mather is still adjusting to Triple-A pitching. 2B Edgar Gonzalez has been clutch at times and has hovered around .300 for most of the season while moving all around the order, but he has not been given a consistent chance to prove he can drive in runs.
The team's starting pitching has continued their ebb and flow though they have all pitched better as of late. Randy Keisler has been the most effective recently but Mike Parisi and Mike Smith have also contributed, eating up innings and keeping the team in games. Blake Hawksworth will again find his groove but the team needs to manufacture some runs to take pressure off the starters.
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