The Memphis Redbirds Report: 04/29/08

Our weekly report on happenings with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Nick Stavinoha is among the Pacific Coast League leaders with a .361 average.



The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League went 2-3 for the week and enjoyed their first day off of the season.  After getting a victory to clinch the Round Rock series on Tuesday, the team traveled to Iowa.  Memphis didn't seem ready for the cold weather up north as they dropped the first three games to the Cubs, including a 16-3 shellacking on Friday night.  The Redbirds recovered to win the final game of the series and now head home to play host to the hottest team in professional baseball. 


Who's Hot


Nick Stavinoha is hitting .361 and is 12-for-24 in his last six games.  Cody Haerther has his average up to .342, but still has not drawn a walk in 38 at bats.  Amaury Marti has hit in eight of his last 10 games and is hitting .375 during that time. 


Mitchell Boggs is leading the team in innings pitched and wins, three.  Mike Parisi leads all starters with a 2.83 ERA.  Chris Perez ranks among the league leaders with five saves.  Mark Worrell has a miniscule 0.87 ERA and has struck out 18 in 10.1 innings.  Jason Motte has 18 strikeouts in 10 innings of work.  Ron Flores has yet to allow an earned run in 10 appearances. 


Who's Not


Outfielder Colby Rasmus is 3 for his last 21, prompting a day off on Sunday.  The 21-year-old is batting .179 against right-handers. Infielder D'Angelo Jimenez is struggling and his average sits at .151.  Catcher Mark Johnson has thrown out only one attempted base stealer in 15 attempts. Starting pitcher John Wasdin has allowed eight home runs and 39 hits in 28.2 innings.  Fellow starter Blake Hawksworth is 0-3 with an ERA over eight after giving up 11 earned runs in 2.1 innings at Iowa. 


Who's Hurting


Outfielder Joe Mather returned to action after spending over two weeks on the disabled list due to a sore back.  Third baseman David Freese is day-to-day after suffering a knee contusion.  Catcher Gabe Johnson was placed on the disabled list on April 25 while reliever Cliff Politte joined him the next day. 


Left-handed pitcher Joe Rogers is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Reliever Mike Sillman started the season on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment.  Outfielder Juan Gonzalez remains on the (not so) temporary inactive list. 


Who's on the Move


Rico Washington was activated after being demoted by St. Louis.  Casey Rowlett was sent back to Springfield after playing in seven games and getting nine at bats.  To make room for Brendan Ryan, Brad Thompson was originally expected return to Memphis and fill the rotation spot vacated by Joe Rogers. Instead, he was placed on the major league disabled list. To fill the spot vacated by Polite, the team brought up Matt Scherer from Double-A Springfield to take his roster spot. 


Pacific Coast League


Memphis is 10-14, 4.5 games back in the PCL American North Division.  The Redbirds' .264 average ranks 12th while the team's 101 runs ranks 13th in the league.  In the field, Memphis' 3.94 team ERA sits fourth and the team's 64 walks is second. 


Nick Stavinoha and his .361 average ranks 12th and his 30 hits ranks sixth among the league leaders.  Mitchell Boggs and Mike Parisi rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in innings pitched.  Chris Perez' five saves is tied for the fourth best total in the league.  Despite his struggles, Blake Hawksworth ranks eighth in strikeouts with 25. 


Up Next


The Redbirds return home to begin a four-game series with a Salt Lake club that is an unbelievable 21-1.  Colorado Springs will then come in for a four game series over the weekend.  All games can be seen on 



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