Fresh off the All-Star break, the
Redbirds opened up in
Where Do They Stand?
OF John Rodriguez has been
relegated to pinch hitting duties as his knee has flared up again, while Ryan Christianson has been placed on the DL.
Travis Hanson's back is acting up on him and was held out of three of the
four games in
SS Brendan Ryan had a short stay with the Redbirds only to be returned to the Cardinals on Sunday.
IF Edgar Gonzalez has been ripping
the cover off the ball with 12 hits in his last 31 at bats. Gonzalez has only one RBI in that same
span but has at times been placed in the leadoff spot with the arrival of
Hoffpauir. Gonzalez has been an on
base machine for the Redbirds and scored the go-ahead run on Monday after
doubling to help
Fellow IF Jarrett Hoffpauir has
been dynamite for a stagnant offense since coming up from Double-A
Springfield. Hoffpauir is 13 for
his first 32 in
OF Rick Ankiel drove in Gonzalez
on a base hit that
RHP Brian Falkenborg has been a reliable closer all year and his numbers lately reflect just that. Over his last six appearances, Falkenborg has recorded four saves and not allowed an earned run in six innings. He now has 21 saves on the season and has struck out seven over those six innings.
Who's Not - First Half Review
UT Jolbert Cabrera is valuable because of his versatility in that he can fill it at many key positions, shortstop, second base or third base. Unfortunately Cabrera is also a light hitter and over his last 20 at bats, he has only three hits. Cabrera will see his appearances dwindle when Travis Hanson gets healthy again.
What We Know
was served for
Hawksworth's performance was big for the ‘Birds as they need him to have a good second half. Mike Parisi has been a workhorse for the rotation and has altered his mechanics to the point where he is producing more strikeouts. Castellanos has also been good, albeit giving up the home run on Monday. He has been particularly effective against left-handed hitters with his submarine delivery. Pitching coach Dyar Miller has made him raise his release point on his curveball and it is adding velocity resulting in more strikeouts for Castellanos. Miller has proved invaluable to the team with his knowledge and many of the pitchers have made small adjustments at his advice that have paid off big.
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