This report covers the period from Thursday, April 8 through Thursday, April 15.
New manager Luis Aguayo's 2010
Palm Beach Cardinals had a rough start to their season, going 0-5 with one game
rained out before finally collecting their first win. They began with two away
and two home games against
In the first half, the Cards are
in sixth, last place in the Florida State League South Division, 3 1/2 games
Day by Day
The season opened last Thursday
with a 4-2 defeat at
On Friday, Jared Bradford allowed
six runs in five innings and the offense was quiet in a 6-3 loss at
The series moved to
After Sunday's game was suspended
due to rain and a day off Monday,
The Cardinals continued their
pattern of getting behind early, but almost made it back from a 5-1 deficit as
the Mets won 5-4 on Wednesday. The
Thursday brought a first-inning offensive explosion as the Cardinals put up a seven-spot on the Mets, but Jared Bradford gave five back in the home first and departed after securing just one out. The bullpen, consisting of Mark Diapoules, Ramon Delgado, David Carpenter and Casey Mulligan picked up the club, spinning 7 2/3 shutout frames and fanning 12. Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Jose Garcia and Tony Cruz had RBI doubles.
Jose Garcia and Matt Carpenter are each batting .333, 8-for-24 and 7-for-21, respectively. In a tremendous gulf between those two and the rest of the team, no other active Cardinal currently has an average over .211.
Reliever Casey Mulligan has allowed just three baserunners in four innings and has collected eight of his 12 outs via strikeouts. He also has the team's lone save. Fellow bullpen mates Mark Diapoules and Ramon Delgado have tossed 5 2/3 and five scoreless innings, respectively.
Our spring MVP, Tommy Pham, is batting just .182, same as fellow outfielder Alex Castellanos and cleanup hitter Tony Cruz. The catcher also has three passed balls on the young season. Xavier Scruggs and Osvaldo Morales have .208 averages while Rich Racobaldo is batting .211. No Cardinal has more than four runs scored or four RBI.
After two starts each, Jared Bradford's ERA is 18.56 and Brian Broderick's 8.00, highest and fourth-highest in the FSL, respectively.
On the Move
Infielder Jermaine Curtis was
activated off the seven-day disabled list on Thursday, April 15 and was inserted
into the starting lineup at second base. Primarily a third baseman as a
professional, the 22-year-old also appeared at second in 18 games for
On the Mend
Outfielder Chris Swauger was placed on the club's seven-day disabled list on Thursday in the corresponding transaction to Curtis' activation. Swauger last played on Sunday and is 3-for-12 on the season with all three hits for extra bases, with two doubles and a home run plus three RBI.
There is not much to say here. Swauger's two home runs tie him for third in the FSL, but he won't be adding to his total from the DL. Osvaldo Morales and Tommy Pham have three stolen bases each, good for a tie for fourth in the league.
None of the pitchers appear among the league leaders in any categories other than the aforementioned relievers with 0.00 ERAs.
Team stats and rankings
Collectively, the hitters are averaging .222 and have scored 25 runs, both eighth in the league. Their 62 strikeouts place them sixth while they have coaxed 24 walks, fifth-best in the FSL.
The pitchers' ERA of 5.58 is last in the league as is their meager total of 46 strikeouts. On a positive note, their 12 free passes issued are the fewest in the FSL.
The Cardinals return home for a
six-game homestand, three against
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