The Memphis Redbirds Report: 04/15/08

Our weekly report on happenings with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Nick Stavinoha's power has returned, which is good news for Redbirds fans.



After splitting its first series of the season, the Redbirds did the same during a four game series at New Orleans.  Joel Pineiro made his last rehab start for the Redbirds during their series in the "Big Easy". After playing the first eight games of the season on the road, Memphis got to enjoy some home cooking with its home opener on Friday night.  Unfortunately, the home cooking did not translate into a win, falling to Omaha, 6-2.  The Redbirds bounced back with wins on Saturday and Sunday over the Royals. 


Who's Hot


Jarrett Hoffpauir continues his torrid start, hitting .371/.439/.457.  Brian Barden is hitting .318/.392/.455.  With a new, bigger physique, Nick Stavinoha is showing the power missing from his game in 2007.  For the week, Stavinoha hit two home runs and is now hitting .351/.400/.514.  In 13 innings of work, Mitchell Boggs has given up only one earned run.  Jason Motte has yet to allow a run in his five appearances. 


Who's Not


Colby Rasmus has two hits in his last 26 at-bats.  D'Angelo Jimenez is hitting .143 in his 21 at-bats for the season.  Gabe Johnson is batting .182 in 22 at-bats.  Joe Rogers has posted a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings this season.  Josh Phelps is hitting only .214/.233/.333 with one home run.  Blake Hawksworth has allowed more earned runs, 10, than innings pitched, 9.2. 


Who's Hurting


Joe Mather was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a back ailment. Team officials believe he will be out another seven to ten days.  Joe Rogers left Sunday's game after only 4.2 innings in what looked like an elbow injury.  Matt Pagnozzi and Mike Sillman both started the season on the 7-day DL.  Juan Gonzalez remains on the temporary inactive list. 


Who's on the Move


The St. Louis Cardinals activated Joel Pineiro on Sunday while sending Kelvin Jimenez back to Memphis.  While in the big leagues, Jimenez pitched three innings, allowing one run.  Before his big league promotion, Jimenez had mad one appearance for the Redbirds, allowing one run in one inning of work.  To make room for Jimenez, Cory Rauschenberger was sent back to Springfield.  In two appearances, Rauschenberger worked four innings without allowing an earned run.  Cody Haerther was promoted to fill the spot opened up by Mather's injury. 


The Pacific Coast League


After 11 games, Memphis stands at 6-5, a half game behind Omaha for the lead in the PCL American North.  Hoffpauir ranks 13th in the PCL in batting average while teammate Barden ranks seventh in the league with 14 hits.  Chris Perez is tied for second in the league with three saves and tied for the league lead in appearances.  Motte is tied for fifth in appearances. 


Memphis ranks sixth as a team in home runs, runs, total bases, walks, and stolen bases while ranking fifth in hits.  On the pitching side, the Redbirds rank second in team ERA with a 3.09 mark and first in WHIP, 1.15. 


Up Next


After finishing their four game series with Omaha on Monday night, the Redbirds will welcome the Albuquerque Isotopes for a four game set starting on Tuesday.  Then they'll be back on the road for an eight-game road trip starting Friday at Round Rock. 



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