It's August and the Redbirds have
taken on another foe; the heat.
With temperatures blazing triple digits on most thermometers, the team
has tried to keep up and get hot, but unfortunately it hasn't quite panned
out. It was an interesting week as
Jarret Hoffpauir had a ten game hit streak end on Monday and Blake Hawksworth
once again was robbed of a win in
Where Do They Stand?
Two infielders, Edgar Gonzalez and Travis Hanson, have been activated from the disabled list this week. Gonzalez's shoulder is still sore so he has been the designated hitter while Hanson has looked 100 percent since coming back.
INF Jarrett Hoffpauir has a bright
future and his star is beginning to shine in
OF Skip Schumaker's numbers lately
have been pedestrian but he's certainly come big in clutch spots this week. Over his last ten games in
RHP Mike Smith has again been on a roll, going at least seven innings in each of his last four starts. All four of those starts have been quality starts as he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any outing. Smith has not received the necessary run support though and is 2-2 to show for his efforts.
LHP Troy Cate has not had a good August. In his six appearances out of the bullpen, he allowed runs four times. In his toughest outing on Wednesday, he yielded six earned runs in an inning. Cate has also not struck out a batter in his last four starts.
INF Mike Ferris has had some trouble adjusting to Triple-A pitching so far. Ferris has not been a dangerous hitter at any level yet this year but he has particularly struggled here. Ferris only has five hits in his last 25 at bats and has only accumulated two RBI.
What We Know
and call-ups have ravaged this team of prospects and their better players. The younger guys from
It's amazing how Blake Hawksworth has been unable to win a single game at home this year. Hawksworth has not been particularly effective for most of this season but nevertheless going an entire season without a home win is unheard of. Hawksworth has not missed his starts and has had some terrific performances but just can't seem to get a break. The situation may remind some Cardinal fans of what Anthony Reyes went through early this year when he couldn't get a win either. The effect on a young pitcher's psyche can be devastating. Hawksworth is an intelligent player and has good composure but it has to be wearing on him.
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