Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook 2010: Week 5

Though the team dropped four of six during the week, the Palm Beach Cardinals sit in first place in the Florida State League South. Rich Racobaldo is hot with the bat.

This report covers the period from Friday, May 7 through Thursday, May 13.

It was a rough week for the Palm Beach Cardinals. Starting the week on top of the division standings, the team is lucky to say the least to still be sitting there. The Cardinals went 2-4 and allowed seven runs or more in three of the losses.

Who's Hot

Rich Racobaldo has been hotter than hot since the beginning of May. During this month, he is hitting .422/.491/.511 with nine RBIs. He now leads the team in batting average and on base percentage.

Xavier Scruggs has 14 RBIs this month and is slugging .524. He leads the team in home runs with four and also slugging percentage with a .495 clip. He stands tied for fourth with multiple players on the FSL leader board in home runs.

Though he has spent time on the disabled list, Ramon Delgado has posted an impressive 0.69 ERA in 13 innings of work. He has an impressive 12-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponents are hitting only .190 against him.

In his only outing of the week, Arquimedes Nieto showed why he had climbed up prospect lists last winter. The 21-year-old spun eight innings without giving up an earned run and scattering just five hits.

Who's Not

In his only start of the week, Brian Broderick was lit up for seven runs on nine hits in only five innings of work. His ERA now stands at 6.10 in his seven starts this season.

Broderick did last longer than rotation mate Jared Bradford in his lone appearance. The former LSU Tiger was shelled for six runs and lasted only three innings on May 12.

It has been a rough beginning in 2010 for Tommy Pham. The super athletic outfielder is hitting only .176 during the month of May and is now hitting .222/.359/.352 this season.

On the Move

Matt Carpenter, Jason Buursma, and Casey Mulligan were promoted this week to Springfield. Carpenter became the first player from the 2009 draft class to make it to Double-A.

Replacing the trio were Brett Zawacki, Jarred Bogany, and Ross Smith, all up from extended spring training and bypassing Quad Cities in the process.

Around the League

Palm Beach is now 18-14 and sits atop the Florida State League South Division with Bradenton.

Racobaldo ranks ninth in the league in on base percentage and 12th in batting average. Scruggs is seventh best in slugging percentage in the league and fourth in runs batted in.

Jose Garcia and Rocobaldo rank seventh and eighth in hits, respectively. Matt Frevert ranks fourth in wins with four victories and sixth in appearances.

The team ranks sixth on the circuit in batting average and slugging and second in on-base percentage. On the mound, the team is next to last in ERA and dead last in team strikeouts.

Up Next

The team will host Charlotte starting on Friday for three contests along with the completion of a rainout from April 11. The team then hits the road for a four-game series at Brevard County followed by four at Tampa.

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