The Memphis Redbirds Report: 05/13

Our weekly report on happenings with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha is fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a .377 batting average.

Recap

 

On their longest road trip away from home so far in 2008, Memphis started a journey to Sin City to take on one of the Pacific Coast League's best hitting teams, the Las Vegas 51's.  The Redbirds were able to split the four game series thanks to strong pitching performances from Mitchell Boggs and Jaime Garcia.  Memphis then traveled to Tucson where the Redbirds have overpowered the Sidewinders in the first two games for a combined score of 17-5. 

 

Who's Hot

 

Nick Stavinoha has hit in eight of his last ten (.441) to push his average to .377.  Brian Barden has hit in nine of his last ten games (.472) to climb back above three hundred to an average of .326.  In his nine Triple-A games, Bryan Anderson has hit in five of them and has five extra base hits in his last five games.  In those five, he has multiple hits in each game including a three hit game on Sunday night to push his average to .324.  In his last six games, Josh Phelps is hitting .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs and five walks. 

 

After struggling in the rotation, John Wasdin has pitched 10.2 innings out of the bullpen, posting a 1.69 ERA and picking up two saves.  Mitchell Boggs leads the Redbirds' staff with four victories.  Jason Motte is 2-1 with 27 strikeouts in 18.1 innings in relief.  Chris Perez ranks among the PCL leaders with eight saves.  Kelvin Jimenez has allowed no runs and only eight hits in his last 11.2 innings. 

 

P.J. Walters is 1-0 with a 2.38 in his first two Triple-A games.  Jaime Garcia made his Memphis debut allowing only one earned run with six strikeouts in six innings. 

 

Who's Not

 

Colby Rasmus had three hits, including his team leading sixth home run on Sunday night.  Before that, Rasmus was 2-for-28 in the previous seven games.  Though he has shown signs of getting on track, D'Angelo Jimenez is hitting only .207 this season.  After coming back from the majors, Rico Washington is batting only .209 in 43 at bats.  Though he had a six game hitting streak during that time, David Freese is hitting .226 in his last 10 games and does not have an extra base hit since April 24.  Cody Haerther has not driven in a run in his last 11 games. 

 

Even though he has had two fair outings, Blake Hawksworth is still 1-5 with a 7.49 ERA this season.  In his last outing, Ron Flores suffered through his worst game of the year.  In 1.2 innings, Flores allowed two runs on four hits. 

 

Catcher Mark Johnson has thrown out only one base runner in 17 attempts (6%) and doesn't have an extra base hit since mid-April. 

 

Who's Hurting

 

Amaury Marti was added to the disabled list on May 7. Matt Scherer has been put on the 7-day DL after starting the year on Springfield's 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 is on the temporary inactive list. 

 

Who's On the Move

 

Mike Parisi was promoted to St. Louis to take the place of Anthony Reyes who was demoted to Memphis.  In his debut, Reyes pitched three shutout innings while allowing four hits and three walks.  Considered to be the top starting pitching prospect in the system, Jaime Garcia made his Memphis debut during the past week. 

 

Pacific Coast League

 

The Redbirds are 18-20, good enough for third place in the PCL American North Division.  Memphis is one game behind first place Iowa and a half game behind second place Omaha. 

 

The Redbirds rank 11th in on base percentage and home runs.  Memphis ranks 12th in the 16 teams in runs and slugging percentage.  Memphis ranks third in ERA, 4.00, strikeouts, 282, walks, 113, and WHIP, 1.38. The Redbirds are fourth in runs allowed, 176, and fifth in saves, 10. 

 

Nick Stavinoha's .377 average ranks fifth in the league while Brian Barden ranks 14th as Stavinoha ranks eighth in hits and Barden ranks tenth.  Mitchell Boggs is fourth in the league with four wins.  Chris Perez' 17 appearances ranks tied for first in workload and his eight saves ranks third.  Jason Motte and Ron Flores rank third in appearances with 16.  Blake Hawksworth is sixth in the PCL with 37 strikeouts. 

 

In the not so good category, John Wasdin has given up the third most home runs, eight.  Hawksworth has allowed the second most hits, 56, and the sixth most walks, 20. 

 

Up Next

 

After finishing their road trip with an afternoon game on Tuesday, the Redbirds will enjoy a travel day on Wednesday before hosting Oklahoma on Thursday night.  After the four game set with the Redhawks, the Redbirds will travel down I-40 for a showdown with Nashville for four games.  The two teams then travel back to Memphis for another four game series. 

 

 

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

 

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