In their second week, of the VSL Cardinals had potential starters and a closer emerging and a bullpen that is struggling to get on track. One of the starting pitchers leads the league in strikeouts. The team's hitting leader took a small dive for the week as he caught opponents' attention and another takes over the top spot.
The Venezuelan Cardinals carried a two-game winning streak into the week and extended it to five games, climbing in the standings. The winning streak was put on hold as the team faced off against the last place Tigers. And now the team carries a two-game losing streak into Monday's action. (The League always takes Sunday off.) The Cards did go toe-to-toe with the first-place Mets and held them to only four hits and one run in a losing effort on Saturday. The team reached second place but with the losses dropped back into a third place tie with the Pirates and Mariners.
Anthony Fonseca has a four-game hitting streak going over two weeks. The last three games for the 19-year old outfielder, have been multi-hit ones. He went 2-for-5 on May 20th and 2-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, and one strike out on May 22nd. Currently on the season, Fonseca is hitting .500 with one double, three RBIs, one walk, and two strike outs in a limited 16 at-bats.
Yorbel Alcala has had multiple hits in his last two games played. The 18-year old catcher/first baseman went 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI on May 23rd and 3-for-4 with a double on May 24th.
Gerardo Mannbel struggled slightly this week. The 18-year old still leads the team with 15 hits, eight RBIs, 24 total bases, seven walks, and is tied with for team lead in home runs (two) and second on the team in runs (eight). The last two games the Cardinals infielder hasn't had a hit, and for the week went 5-for-19 with one home run, one triple, four RBIs, two walks, and two strike outs.
Geney Rios pitched a gem this week for the VSL Cardinals. On May 23rd, the 20-year old starter pitched five innings allowing four hits, no runs, and fanning five. He didn't pick up the win but did lower his ERA on the season to 2.40 and still averages a strikeout victim per inning.
Moises Colorado made his third start and shut
down the first place VSL Mets. The
18-year old pitched five innings, allowing just two hits, no runs, walked one,
and struck out ten.
Carlos Noguera continued this week with another great start. On May 22nd the 18-year old pitched 4.2 innings allowing seven hits, one earned run, one walk, and striking out three. His ERA slightly rose to 1.59.
Yonathan Gonzalez has picked up on the closer role very well for the VSL squad. The 20-year old racked up two saves and a win out of his four appearances and struck out five in 4.1 innings. He hit a small bump in the road on May 22nd allowing two hits and a run in his only inning pitched.