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The Johnson City Cardinals
finished the first twelve games with a record of eight wins and four
losses. They are in second place in
the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League, three games behind the
I was able to attend three of the
first twelve games in person and those observations provide the basis for this
report. I attended the first three
games against the Kingsport Mets prior to an extended vacation which included
seeing several former Johnson City Cardinals play against the Cincinnati Reds on
July 4th in
The original roster of 31
increased to 32 (max of 35) with the addition of IF Hector Alvarez from
The Season in Review
Tandem Starting Pitchers
As a reminder, listed below are
the pairings for
Tandem Starting Pitchers (10):
RHP Reynier Gonzalez (1A) and RHP Andy Moss (1B)
Who's Hot (Hitters)
3B Rich Racobaldo already has 15 hits and five multi-hit games in 10 games. The 6'1", 220 pound 23-year old from NJ is fourth in the league in batting average (.417). "Rock" is looking to add some power to his hitting statistics as he only has three extra base hits (3 doubles) and a .500 slugging percentage to go with his .463 on-base percentage (eighth in league).
1B Matt Adams (pictured) is ninth in the
league in batting average (.382) and is tied for sixth in the league in home
RF Edgar Lara leads the league in
doubles (7) and is fourth in the league in slugging (.763). In his second season with
2B Luis Mateo (pictured) is tied for ninth in
the league in hits (16) and has six multi-hit games through his first 12
games. Also in his second season
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
SS Yunier Castillo has just six singles in his first 29 at bats (.207). The numbers get even worse when you look at his batting averages with runners on (.118) and with runners in scoring position (.077).
OF Ross Smith has just three singles in his first 22 at bats (.136).
Who's Hot (Pitchers)
RHP Justin Smith has struck out 13
batters in 6 innings-pitched (IP) while allowing no hits and walking just
one. Smith is scheduled to make the
start at home against
A tandem starting pitcher selected
in the 36th round of the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of
RHP Andy Moss has not allowed a run in 10 IP (tied for first in league with Joseph Serafin, Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week). Moss has allowed 6 hits (two doubles and two triples) and 4 walks to rank seventh in the league in walks plus hits per inning pitched (1.00 WHIP). Moss, also a tandem starting pitcher, has struck out 11 over 3 games.
I asked Andy what his two best
pitches were and he told me his slider and curve were his best pitches. Moss was selected in the 35th
round of the June 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Lincoln University
(MO). He told me his statistics for
his senior year were for the Division 2 Blue Tigers out of Jefferson City, MO
were 6-5, 3.68 ERA, 100 K, 27 BB, 85 IP.
Closer and RHP Dave Kington is tied for the league lead in saves (3) after 5 games (4.2 IP). Kington is second on the team in WHIP (0.43). Dave has yet to allow a hit or an earned run despite only recording three strikeouts.
Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)
While there are several pitchers
with high ERAs, none of them have consistently pitched poorly. Only right-handed tandem starter Chris
Notti (2.14) and right-handed reliever Jason Novak (2.25) have WHIPs of 2 or
more. Notti and Novak have also
combined for just one walk and nine strikeouts over 9.2 IP. LHP John Durham (7.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) is
probably the only pitcher who has yet to put together a quality tandem
Week Three Schedule
Game 13 (Sun): Justin Smith followed by Chris Notti – vs. Bristol White Sox
Game 14 (Mon): Michael Thompson followed by Anthony Ferrara – vs. Bristol White Sox
Game 15 (Tue): John Durham followed by Randy Santos – vs. Bristol White Sox
Game 16 (Wed): Reynier Gonzalez followed by Andy Moss – vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 17 (Thu): Pablo Ortiz followed by Jesse Simpson vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 18 (Fri): Chris Notti followed by Justin Smith – vs. Greeneville Astros
Game 19 (Sat): Anthony Ferrara followed by Michael Thompson – @ Elizabethton Twins
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