The Memphis Redbirds Report: 06/03/08

A 2-5 week has put the Triple-A club on a slide from first place to third in the PCL American North. David Freese has been a bright spot for the offense with 13 RBI in his last eight games.

Recap

 

After improving to 27-25 and taking control of their division, the Memphis Redbirds struggled to a 2-5 record in the last week. The Redbirds dropped three of four games to division-rival Iowa, yielding the division lead in the process. Memphis has also lost two of three games to Albuquerque. The series finale against the Isotopes is Tuesday night.

 

Part of the reason for the struggles might have been the absence of hot-hitting Joe Mather, who was called up to St. Louis. But the Memphis pitching staff has also struggled in the last week, allowing 40 runs in only seven games.

 

Who's Hot

 

After having problems at the plate for much of the season, Colby Rasmus appears to be getting on the right track. Rasmus has reached base safely in each of the last 13 games and is in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak. While it may not seem like much, it's certainly an improvement for a player who was hitting only .186 entering last week.

 

David Freese continues to swing the bat well for the Redbirds and has 13 RBIs in his last eight games. Jarrett Hoffpauir has shown an ability to get on base often as of late, and has reached base safely in 12 straight starts.

 

Who's Not

 

The Memphis pitching staff has struggled mightily in the last week. Hugo Castellanos has allowed 15 runs in his last nine innings pitched. Castellanos made his fourth start of the season Sunday, but gave up five runs and walked five in a 6-1 loss to Albuquerque. In his last two outings, John Wasdin is 0-2 with a 17.18 ERA. Nick Webber has not gotten off to a great start at the Triple-A level, allowing four runs in only three innings of work.

 

Who's On the Move

 

There was a lot of movement between Memphis and St. Louis in the past week. Last Wednesday, Kelvin Jimenez was recalled by the Cardinals and Nick Webber was transferred to Memphis from Springfield. Joe Mather finally got his much-anticipated call-up Friday, and even made the Top-10 plays segment on Sportscenter in his debut. Chris Duncan was optioned to Memphis to clear space on the roster for Mather. On Sunday, Jimenez was sent back to the Redbirds and Mark Worrell was promoted to St. Louis.

 

Pacific Coast League

 

Memphis has dropped to 29-30 and has fallen to third place in the American Northern Division of the PCL.

 

Nick Stavinoha continues to be among the top hitters in the PCL. His .349 average is tied for sixth in the league. Brian Barden's .317 batting average ranks him in the top 20. Colby Rasmus has drawn 32 walks this season, ninth-best in the PCL.

 

Mitchell Boggs' 3.17 ERA ranks him 10th in the league, and he is 11th in innings pitched this season. Boggs' ranks fifth in the league with a 1.12 WHIP and is also tied for sixth in wins.

 

Up Next

 

After finishing up a four-game series with Albuquerque Tuesday night, Memphis returns home for an eight-game homestand. The Redbirds host Round Rock for four games before facing off again with Iowa.

 

 

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