In five games over the past week, the Cardinals managed only two victories. The week started with a one-run loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday before they were torched the next day by the Marlins, 14-5. A three-game losing streak was not to be as the team came back with five unanswered runs to top the Nationals by a score of 10-8 on Thursday. Former catcher Casey Mulligan started his new journey toward the majors, picking up the victory in his first outing after making the switch to the mound.
On Thursday, the Cardinals could not put together back-to-back wins, dropping a rain-shortened game to the Mets. Revenge was on the menu as the Cardinals doubled up the Dodgers, 10-5 on Saturday to make up for the loss earlier in the week.
Rainel Rosario leads the team in hits, runs, and walks. The 19-year-old has posted a line of
.320/.452/.520 in 25 at-bats.
In two starts covering seven innings, Jose Rada has posted an ERA of 6.43. Christian Concepcion has been tagged with a 13.50 ERA in four appearances. Pablo Ortiz was touched for six runs in 2.1 innings in his only appearance of the season.
On the Mend
Through the first seven games, the Cardinals are one game above .500, good enough for second place in the East Division. The team's 4-3 mark leaves them 1.5 games back of the first-place Dodgers.
The team is really struggling in the batter's box, ranking 13th in batting and 16th in on base percentage in the 16-team league. Things are not much better on the mound where the Cardinals' 4.66 team ERA ranks 13th and they are 12th in strikeouts and walks.
The Cardinals play the same rotation of teams over the upcoming week. The Cards will have to venture out of Roger Dean Stadium only once when they play the Nationals on the road. Gary Daley should continue his way back to recovery working out of the bullpen. Also, look for the professional debut of seventh-round choice, pitcher Anthony Ferrara.
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