The Memphis Redbirds Report: 05/06/08

Our weekly report on happenings with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Closer Chris Perez is second in the Pacific Coast League with eight saves.

Recap

 

The Memphis Redbirds are finishing off an eight game home stand in which they lost three of four to Salt Lake City but came back to take three of four from Colorado Springs.  Things got off good for Memphis in the series with Salt Lake City as the Redbirds won the first game, handing the Bees only their second loss of the season.  The loss didn't sit well with the red-hot Bees as they shelled the Redbirds in the next three games, outscoring their hosts by a 28-12 margin. 

 

Closer Chris Perez earning saves in the first two games of the series highlighted the series against the Sky Sox.  Friday's game was suspended due to the weather and was finished as the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. 

 

Who's Hot

 

Nick Stavinoha is hitting .387 in his last 10 games, raising his average to .354.  After a stint on the disabled list, Joe Mather is beginning to find his stroke and is hitting .333.  After a red hot start, Brian Barden is beginning to heat up again with eight hits in his last five games.  After starting off at Triple-A with no hits in his first seven at bats, Bryan Anderson has four hits in his last three games. 

 

The bullpen continues to be solid for the Redbirds.  Chris Perez has eight saves and an ERA under two.  Mark Worrell has 23 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.  Jason Motte has 23 strikeouts compared to only four walks in 13.1 innings.  Ron Flores has an microscopic ERA of 0.54 in over 16 innings.  Kelvin Jimenez has allowed only one earned run in his last 13 innings. 

 

Who's Not

 

Jarrett Hoffpauir has been really struggling to find his stroke as his average as fell to a season low during the week and now sits at .283.  Seeing his playing time cut after Mather's return, Amaury Marti has only two hits in his last 15 at bats.  Colby Rasmus did have a three-hit night during the week but take that away and he is three for his last 26. 

 

Blake Hawksworth has allowed 17 earned runs in his last 7.1 innings.  "Hawks" is now 0-4 with an 8.69 ERA in 2008. 

 

Who's Hurting

 

Matt Scherer has been put on the 7-day DL after starting the year on the Springfield disabled list.  Gabe Johnson was placed on the disabled list on April 25 while Cliff Politte joined him the next day.  Left-handed pitcher Joe Rogers is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. Mike Sillman started the season on the disabled list after having Tommy John surgery as well. Juan Gonzalez remains on the temporary inactive list. 

 

 

Who's on the Move

 

Pitcher Mike Parisi was promoted to St. Louis on Sunday to replace Anthony Reyes, who will be returning for another stint at Memphis.  Two of the Cardinals' top pitching prospects, Jaime Garcia and P.J. Walters, were called up from Springfield over the weekend to help fill out the rotation.  Catcher Bryan Anderson was promoted to Memphis and Matt Pagnozzi was sent to Springfield to fill Anderson's vacated roster spot. 

 

Pacific Coast League

 

Memphis is 14-18, good for second place in the PCL American North.  The Redbirds are 2.5 games behind the Omaha Royals.  Nick Stavinoha is 11th in average in the PCL.  Chris Perez's eight saves ranks second, two behind league leader Joe Nelson.  Mitchell Boggs' WHIP of 1.08 ranks second and his three wins ranks tied for sixth.  John Wasdin is eighth in workload with 35.2 innings.  Blake Hawksworth and his 30 strikeouts rank tied for seventh among the league leaders.

 

As a team, Memphis ranks fourth with its 4.21 ERA and second in strikeouts with 233.  Among the offensive categories, the Redbirds rank in the bottom third in runs, home runs, and batting average. 

 

Up Next

 

The Redbirds will travel out west, with the first stop being in Las Vegas to take on the 51's.  Next, Memphis makes a trip to Tucson before returning home on May 15. 

 

 

Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.com.

 

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