Gulf Coast League Cardinals Report: 06/29/08

It was a rough week for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals as the team lost one more than it won. Rainel Rosario and Carlos Pupo put forth strong performances as did rehabbing Tyler Henley.

Recap

 

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. 

 

 

Who's Hot

 

Outfielder 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.  Rosario is tied for the team lead in home runs with first baseman Carlos Pupo, who is putting up the team's best power numbers.  Pupo leads the club in doubles, RBIs, total bases, and slugging percentage. Though his average doesn't show it, .214, outfielder Ryde Rodriguez is third in the team in hits and has a base knock in every game but one.

 

Omar Diaz has allowed only two base runners and no earned runs in a four-inning start.  Adam Prange struck out three in three appearances and has yet to allow a run. 

 

Who's Not

 

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.

 

Catcher Juan Castillo and third baseman Kleininger Teran both have only one hit in 13 at bats for an .077 average.

 

On the Mend

 

Two Palm Beach players have seen action in the GCL.  Outfielder Tyler Henley posted a .333/.368/.778 line in 18 at bats before returning to the Florida State League.  Pitcher Gary Daley walked two and gave up two hits leading to three runs in only two-thirds of an inning.

 

Gulf Coast League

 

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. 

 

Rosario's eight runs rank him third and his eight hits rank him tied for 12th in the league.  Pupo's nine runs batted in are good for second on the GCL leaderboard.

 

Up Next

 

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. 

 

 

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

 

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