Record: 13-6 season, 5-2 week
Longest Streak: W4
Sometimes all a team needs to get
back on track is a visit from one of the league's lesser teams. Luckily for the Palm Beach Cardinals,
the 2-17 St. Lucie Mets were on the schedule this week, and
The Cardinals played to a 5-2
record and retook sole possession of first place in the Florida State League's
East Division in convincing fashion.
Their current four-game winning streak has them at 13-6, tops in all of
the FSL. They have opened their
lead in the East to two games over
The Cardinals, amidst a long 14-day home stand, started the week by splitting the final two games of a three-game set with the Daytona Cubs. Both games were well-played defensively and on the mound, as the clubs combined to score only four runs in both.
Next, the Cards split a couple
"away" games against Jupiter, their Roger Dean cohabitants. The second game, a 12-5 Cardinals win,
featured Steven Hill's second homer of the season, a two-run laser beam that
found its way over the left-field fence.
It wasn't until St. Lucie came in that the Cardinals hit their stride, and finished out the week as the league's leader.
McCormick 100 percent?
First-round pick Mark McCormick has continued to impress this season. Much has been made of his injury history, particularly surgery a few years ago that cost him most of last season, but he has shown absolutely no reason to doubt his health.
The 24-year-old pitched seven scoreless innings this week, lowering his ERA to an astounding 0.56. He has allowed only one earned run in his 16 innings of work this season. Due to the tandem-starter system, McCormick hasn't yet recorded a win, but he hasn't been charged with a loss either. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (5:4) isn't great, but when his pitch count increases, he should be able to correct that.
The Cardinals have made a few
transactions over the past week, including saying so-long to closer Josh Dew. Dew was called up from
Jim Rapoport was placed on the
disabled list this week as well, and
Steven Hill, C/DH: Hill continued his hot-hitting this week, going 8-for-24 and blasting his second homer of the season. He also doubled twice and drove in six runs.
Brandon Buckman, 1B: Buckman, Hill's middle-of-the-order companion, did some heavy lifting of his own this week. Buckman drove in nine runs in seven games to pace the Cardinals offensive attack.
Isa Garcia, IF: Garcia, seeing time at DH this week, really took advantage of his opportunity. Garcia went 8-for-19 during this period, scoring four runs and knocking in five. His big week included a couple of doubles and a triple. Garcia now has a nine-game hit streak dating back to April 9th, and is hitting a robust .417.
Infielder Donovan Solano just keeps on hitting. Solano picked up seven more hits this week and his average for the season is a solid .310. However, he has walked only four times in 71 at-bats entering Wednesday, which has affected his on-base percentage (.347). Nevertheless, his steady bat coupled with his slick glove-work has made Solano stand out thus far in the season.
The Week Ahead
The Cardinals begin their week
with an exciting test, as they finish out their home stand with a three-game set
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