Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 5

St. Louis' Double-A club has slipped 5 ½ games behind their divisional leader. Curt Smith led the offense while a BABIP analysis digs deeper.

Current Record:  16-16

Current Standing:  Second, five and one-half games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)


Of Interest:

On the roster shuffling side of things, this week saw Springfield's first promotion.  Outfielder Jim Rapoport went on to Memphis on the 9th while Matt Carpenter was called up from Palm Beach.  Carpenter is a third baseman so Andrew Brown is likely to be playing more first base in the future.


Speaking of Brown, after appearing in Springfield's first 29 games, and starting 28 of them, he has not been seen at all in the last three.  Brown was removed from Saturday's game in the eighth inning when catcher Steven Hill moved to first base and Charles Cutler took over catching duties.  Cutler took Brown's slot in the batting order which came up first in the ninth inning.  Brown is batting .250/.342/.484/.827 since being named the Texas League Player of the Week on April 19.


Back to the roster moves. Francisco Samuel went back on the DL on the 8th with a right forearm strain.  Reliever Casey Mulligan, he of the excellent performance and great dance moves, was called up from Palm Beach.  (A big shout out to the Mulligan family and congrats to Casey on his promotion.)  And Aaron Miles is headed Springfield's way.


This week we will look at the Batting Average for Balls In Play (BABIP) for the Springfield hitters:


Really Unlucky

Charlie Cutler - .225 BABIP, .176/.295/.235/.530, 51 at bats

Antonio DeJesus - .100 BABIP, .081/.227/.108/.335, 37 at bats

Mike Folli - .245 BABIP, .238/.304/.413/.717, 63 at bats
Pete Kozma - .231 BABIP, .225/.281/.411/.692/.129 at bats

Colt Sedbrook - .217 BABIP, .165/.303/.220/.523, 91 at bats


A Little Unlucky

Andrew Brown - .256 BABIP, .257/.339/.504/.843, 119 at bats


Normal Range

Adron Chambers - .304 BABIP, .250/.342/.370/.712, 100 at bats

Steven Hill - .282 BABIP, .257/.331/.450/.781, 109 at bats

Daryl Jones - .286 BABIP, .235/.339/.294/.633, 102 at bats

Aaron Luna - .279 BABIP, .259/.412/.457/.856, 81 at bats



Jim Rapoport - .357 BABIP, .321/.389/.464/.853, 84 at bats

Curt Smith - .337 BABIP, .287/.313/.426/.739, 108 at bats


Kary Booher has an informative article about Springfield's newest Cardinal, Matt Carpenter - http://www.news-leader.com/section/BLOGS01



Who's Hot: 

Curt Smith hit .357/.379/.536/.915, 10-for-28, with two doubles, one home run, two runs scored, four runs batted in and a stolen base for the week.  On the down side, he struck out seven times or once every four at bats. 


David Kopp had the best outing this week when he took the mound on the 9th:  7 IP, 3H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO1.29 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, .143 BAA, 3.20 FIP


Who's Not:  

Shortstop Pete Kozma went .194/.194/.355/.548, 6-for-31, with six strikeouts.  Kozma did show good power with half of his hits being for extra bases:  two doubles and a home run.  But the current Texas League Player of the Week went from ‘Hot' last week to ‘Not' this week.


Shaun Garceau's uneven ride continues.  On May 5th he walked nine batters in five innings but allowed just two runs on two hits.  Then on May 10th he was truly dreadful.  (The details are in the game summary.)  The combined stats:  2 GS, 6 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 9 BB, 4 SO, 12.00 ERA, 3.33 WHIP, .393 BAA, 6.37 FIP.



Game Summary:

Wednesday, 05/05/10 (A) – Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)

Springfield dropped the second of a four-game set against the Naturals, losing 3-1. 

Shaun Garceau (L, 0-5) has serious control issues, walking nine in five innings.  He managed to escape serious damage, however, and allowed just two runs, both earned, on two hits over five innings.  This was the Double-A debut for the Naturals' lefty starter, Michael Montgomery, a 2008 first-round draft pick, 36th overall.  Montgomery limited the Cardinals to one run on just two hits while walking four and striking out eight in five and two-thirds innings.


The Cardinals' offense mustered only three hits and their sole run came in the third inning when Daryl Jones drew a one-out walk.  Jones advanced to second and came home on Andrew Brown's two-out single to left.


Thursday, 05/06/10 (A)Northwest Arkansas

Springfield's bats exploded Thursday in a sixteen-hit, sixteen run attack as they defeated the Naturals 16-8.  The long ball was featured prominently as six of the Cardinals' sixteen hits were home runs and those home runs accounted for 13 of their 16 runs.  Jim Rapoport led the way, both figuratively and literally, Rapoport went 3-for-6 with a double, a grand slam home run, two runs scored and a game-leading five RBIs.  Right fielder Aaron Luna went 2-for-4 with a walk, two home runs, three runs scored and three driven in.  Pete Kozma, Curt Smith, Daryl Jones and Colt Sedbrook all had multi-hit games.


Nick Additon (W, 2-2) was the beneficiary of the bountiful offense although he was not particularly sharp on the mound.  Additon went six innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on nine hits and one walk.  Francisco Samuel accounted for the other four runs allowed.  He gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits and one walk in his one full inning of work.  Closer Eduardo Sanchez pitched a perfect ninth, just to get some work in.


Friday, 05/07/10 (A)Northwest Arkansas

The fourth and final game of the series saw the Cardinals fall to the Naturals 4-2.  Springfield could not put together a coordinated hitting attack although they out-hit Northwest Arkansas seven-to-six and drew the same number of walks, three.  Gary Daley Jr. (L, 2-3) gave up all four runs allowed, all earned, on five hits and three walks in six innings.  He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. 


Aaron Luna was the only Cardinals player to have more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  The were no RBIs credited for the game as both of Springfield's runs scored due to a two-out fielding error by the Naturals' shortstop.  Daryl Jones scored the other Cardinals run.


Saturday, 05/08/10 (A)Arkansas (LAA)

Springfield traveled to Arkansas and lost a squeaker, 2-1.  Scott Gorgen (L, 5-1) had his sixth consecutive strong outing, going six innings and allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits and two walks.  He has allowed only six earned runs in thirty-five and two-thirds innings pitched.   Gorgen was bested by Arkansas' Manuel Flores (W, 1-1) who had his best outing since his promotion to Double-A.  The lefty blanked the Cardinals on four hits and one walk in seven innings. 


The Cardinals' only run came in the eighth inning off reliever Amalio Diaz.  Third baseman Mike Folli doubled to right to lead off the inning.  He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and subsequently scored on another wild pitch. 


Sunday, 05/09/10 (A)Arkansas

Springfield won only their third game of the month, beating Arkansas 3-2.  David Kopp (W, 3-0) pitched outstanding, limiting the Travelers to just three hits and one walk that resulted in one run, earned, in seven innings.  Casey Mulligan's Double-A debut was a tad shaky.  Mulligan gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning of work on a one-out single and a two-out double.  Eduardo Sanchez (S, 6) finally got the chance to pick up a save and this one was of the four-out variety.  The Cardinals were facing their fourth lefty starter in their last five games in Michael Anton (L, 2-3).  Anton pitched well himself, allowing three runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in seven innings.


Two of the three runs that Anton allowed were scored in the first inning when Anton Chambers and Pete Kozma led off the game with back-to-back doubles that scored Chambers.  Steven Hill's single to left scored Kozma and two runs were plated before an out was recorded.  But that was the last of the scoring by the Cardinals until Steven Hill lead off the sixth inning with a shot over the right field wall.  


Monday, 05/10/10 (A)Arkansas

Springfield was on the losing end of an old-fashioned drubbing by the Naturals, gowing down 10-2.  Sean Garceau (L, 0-6) has pitched well enough for the victory at times this season but not today.  Garceau lasted just one official inning although he did face three batters in the second prior to his removal.  He allowed eight runs, six earned, on nine hits and not a one of ‘em was a home run.  Garceau did not walk a batter.


The Cardinals managed seven hits but scratched out only two runs.  The first run came in the first inning.  With two outs and the bases empty, Steven Hill and Curt Smith singled back-to-back.  That brought newly promoted third baseman Matt Carpenter to the plate and Carpenter's only hit of the game was a single to center that scored the catcher Hill from second.  Adron Chambers led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to right to account for Springfield's other run.


Tuesday, 05/11/10 (A)Arkansas

Springfield took the final game of the series 4-1.  Nick Additon bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings to pitch himself into a win.  Additon (W, 3-2) scattered seven hits over eight innings while waking none and allowing just one run, earned.  Eduardo Sanchez (S, 7) allowed a hit in the ninth.


The Cardinals scored a single run in the first, second, third and fifth innings.  Curt Smith's two-out single scored Adron Chambers who led off the first inning with his own single.  Mike Folli's second home run of the year came in the second.  Matt Carpenter hit a one-out double in the third inning and subsequently scored on Daryl Jones' two-out single to right.  Springfield's last run came when Matt Carpenter drew a one-out walk then advanced to third on Curt Smith's single to left.  Consecutive hit batsmen, Aaron Luna and Daryl Jones, forced in the run.



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