Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 7

St. Louis' Double-A club got Andrew Brown back from injury but lost top pitcher Scott Gorgen. A staff FIP review is included this week.

Current Record:  24-20

Current Standing:  Second, four and a half games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)


Of Interest:

With no roster changes this week, the big news is Scott Gorgen's departure from his May 19th start.  Gorgen experienced discomfort in the fourth inning and was scheduled to undergo a MRI on Thursday, May 20th.  No update has been provided since that time.


Andrew Brown returned to the line-up on Thursday, May 20th as the designated hitter after missing ten games.  He went 1-for-4 with a run scored, hitting in the seven slot for the first time this season.  In the five games since his return, Brown has started three and pinch hit in the other two, hitting in the seven, four and six slots.  He went .286/.333/.429/.762, 4-for-14 with two doubles and a .143 BABIP.


This week we will look at some pitching numbers, breaking them out by the gap between their earned run average and their fielding independent pitching.  (Side note:  Here is an excellent very readable primer on some of the more popular of the newer stats - http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100402.  Some of you may want to join me, get your favorite beverage, read it and become more comfortable.  My thanks to Brian Walton for providing this link and to CariocaCardinal for pointing me in the direction of this line drive outs percentage thingie.)  Also included are the pitchers' BAA, BABIP, LD percentage and innings pitched


FIP less than their ERA

Nick Additon, LHS – 5.33 ERA, 4.78 FIP, (0.55) difference, .291 BAA, .283 BABIP, 20.9 LD%, 50.3 IP

Gary Daley Jr., RHS – 5.08 ERA, 4.58 FIP, (0.50) difference, .283 BAA, .274 BABIP, 17.1 LD%, 44.1 IP

Adam Reifer, RHR – 3.06 ERA, 1.56 FIP, (1.50) difference, .232 BAA, .296 BABIP, 25.5 LD%, 17.2 IP


FIP greater than their ERA but within 1.00

Blake King, RHR – 3.86 ERA, 3.97 FIP,  0.11 difference, .188 BAA, .191 BABIP, 41.9 LD%, 23.1 IP
David Kopp, RHS – 3.20 ERA, 4.00 FIP, 0.80 difference, .259 BAA, .258 BABIP, 13.5 LD%, 45 IP

Casey Mulligan, RHR – 2.35 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 0.85 difference, .200 BAA, .231 BABIP, 13.6 LD%, 7.2 IP


FIP greater than their ERA, over 1.00

Jason Buursma, RHR – 1.59 ERA, 5.32 FIP, 3.73 difference, .111 BAA, .063 BABIP, 5.9 LD%, 5.2 IP

Thomas Eager, RHR – 3.25 ERA, 5.37 FIP, 2.12 difference, .200 BAA, .177 BABIP, 16.3 LD%, 27.2 IP
Scott Gorgen, RHS – 1.17 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 2.16 difference, .195 BAA, .213 BABIP, 11.4 LD%, 46 IP
Ryan Kulik, LHS – 2.41 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 1.62 difference, .211 BAA, .205 BABIP, 13.8 LD%, 37.1 IP

Matt Meyer, LHR – 3.55 ERA, 6.67 FIP, 3.12 difference, .245 BAA, .217 BABIP, 17.1 LD%, 12.2 IP

Eduardo Sanchez, RHR – 1.23 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 2.2 difference, .184 BAA, .203 BABIP, 15.1 LD%, 22 IP


The Hot and Not mentions each week are based on a seven-day period which results in a ridiculously small sample size.  But that is what Hot and Not are about:  streaks and slumps.  Pitching performances are two starts, at most, and the bullpen gets passed over.  Well, this week's report does focus on the Hot and Not on the relievers but uses a three-week period. 



Who's Hot: 

Reliever Adam Reifer has been money most of this month.  In his last eight appearances, going back to May 5th, he has compiled the following line:  8 G, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.45 FIP, .143 BAA, .190 BABIP.  The last time he gave up a run, any run, was on May 2nd which was the last time he went more than an inning.  (There is not necessarily any connection there since he gave up one run each inning he pitched.)  He has been ‘Steady Eddy' but this mention will probably be the kiss of death for his future excellence. 


Shortstop Pete Kozma is en fuego this week.  Kozma went .471/.500/.706/1.206, 8-for-17, with a double, a home run, a walk, four runs scored and another four batted in.  He had a .231 BABIP with a .235 ISO and struck out three times. 



Who's Not:  

Reliever Thomas Eager's stats from May 5th onward are the ‘Nottest' of the four pitchers that both pitched in relief role for the entire period and were active in Springfield.  That group includes Eager, Blake King, Matt Meyer and Adam Reifer.  Eager's stats:  6 G, 11.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 10 SO, 3.97 ERA, 5.85 FIP, .195 BAA, .171 BABIP, 1.67:1 SO/BB ratio.



Game Summaries:


Wednesday, 05/19/10 (H) – vs. Arkansas (LAA)


Wednesday's 1-2 rain-shortened victory may turn out to be a pyrrhic one.  Scott Gorgen left the game in the fourth inning after experiencing right elbow pain.  He had no-hit Arkansas through three and one-third innings on 52 pitches, 33 for strikes.  Gorgen struck out five and walked one.  He will get an MRI today (the 20th).  Thomas Eager (W, 1-1) allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits and a walk in his one and two-thirds innings of work.  Both of the runs scored against Eager came in the fourth inning.

The game's start was delayed by three hours due to rain and the game was scoreless in the fourth inning when Scott Gorgen exited the game.  The Cardinals got to work in the bottom of the fourth when, trailing 2-0, Aaron Miles led off with a single to left and advanced to third on Curt Smith's one-out single to center.  A walk to Aaron Luna loaded the bases for Steven Hill and he came through, lining one to left and scoring Miles.  Daryl Jones' single to right scored Smith and Luna for the tying and go-ahead run.  A 34-minute rain delay ensued. 


Afterwards, Pete Kozma singled to short on a ball that was deflected by Arkansas's third baseman which scored Hill, 4-2.  Charles Cutler's single up the middle scored Jones with Cutler advancing to second on an errant throw by Arkansas' centerfielder, 5-2.  That hit led to a pitching change but did not change the Cardinals' hitting.  Adron Chambers then reached on a fielder's choice and throwing error by Arkansas' pitcher, a play in which Pete Kozma scored, 6-2.  Aaron Miles then returned to the plate and doubled to left that scored both Cutler and Chambers, 8-2.  After Matt Carpenter walked, Curt Smith singled to right that scored Miles, 9-2.  Aaron Luna then singled to left which scored Carpenter, 10-2, and the scoring was done for the inning.


Springfield scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on four consecutive singles by Pete Kozma, Charles Cutler, Adron Chambers and Aaron Miles that scored Kozma and Cutler to lead off the inning.  Curt Smith's one-out ground out scored Chambers for the final run of the game.  The rain returned after the fifth inning and the game was finally called after a total rain delay of four hours and 13 minutes.


Thursday, 05/20/10 (H) – vs. Arkansas


The final game of an eight-game home stand saw Springfield take down Arkansas 8-1   The Cardinals finished the home stand 7-1 after going 3-5 in their prior eight games.  Ryan Kulik (W, 3-1) scattered five hits and a walk to shut out the Travelers over six innings while striking out five, relying mainly on his curveball.  Casey Mulligan gave up only a lead-off seventh-inning single in his two innings of work while the run allowed by Eduardo Sanchez in the ninth inning, on a lead-off singled followed by a double, eliminated the combined shut out.  Lefty starter Michael Anton (L, 2-4), who was born in Stuttgart, Germany, took the loss for the Travelers, giving up all eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits and two walks in five and one-third innings.


The hitting star of the day was catcher Steven Hill.  Hill went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three runs batted in.  Hill's first home run of the night, and seventh for the year, came in the second inning with one out and no one on.  His later home run came in the sixth with one out and Matt Carpenter aboard.  Carpenter walked to start the inning and overall went 2-for-3 with the aforementioned walk and two runs batted in.  An interesting note is that Hill's two home runs were Springfield's only extra base hits of the night.  Adron Chambers and Aaron Luna had multi-hit games as well, each scoring a run and driving in another.


Defensively, it should be mentioned that Hill made a gem of a play in the third inning.  The Travelers' lead-off hitter, shortstop Andrew Romine, started the inning with a double to left which brought left fielder Ivan Contreras to the plate.  According to Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader, Hill "bare-handed Jeremy Moore's fouled bunt in the air as it tailed to his right and then doubled off Andrew Romine at second base, all in one motion."


Friday, 05/21/10 (A) – at Tulsa (Colorado) 


Springfield's three-game winning streak was snapped on Friday as the Cardinals lost 4-2.  David Kopp suffered his first loss of the season and his inability to retire the first batter of the inning was his ultimate undoing.  Kopp (L, 4-1) allowed the lead-off runner to reach base in three of his six innings pitched and all three runners eventually scored. He gave up seven hits and three walks for a total of four runs, all earned.  Blake King and Adam Reifer each pitched a scoreless inning to keep the game close.


Although Springfield had base runners in five of the first seven innings of the game, they did not get on the score board until the eighth when Matt Carpenter hit into a fielder's choice and Curt Smith homered to left.  That was the offensive highlight as no Cardinal had a multi-hit game. 


Saturday, 05/22/10 (A) – at Tulsa


Springfield lost the second game of the four-game series, falling 7-3.  Nick Additon (L, 3-4) took the loss, giving up five runs, all earned, on nine hits and one walk, in four-plus innings.  He managed to tie-toe around trouble, so-to-speak, his first four innings as he allowed base runners in three of the four innings but gave up only one run.  The fifth inning was his undoing when he loaded the bases on a walk and two singles without retiring a batter.  Thomas Eager replaced Additon and finished the damage by giving up a grand slam to the Drillers' third baseman, Daniel Mayora.  It was Mayora's second home run of the season.    Eager then allowed a run of his own as did Matt Meyer in his only inning of work.  Jason Buursma pitched a scoreless eighth. 


Springfield's offense consisted of single runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings.  Shortstop Pete Kozma hit his sixth home run of the season in the second, hitting in sixth.  He has now matched his home run total for all of last season.  Steven Hill led off the fourth with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a two-out single by Kozma.  Curt Smith singled Hill home for the Cardinals' second run of the game which gave Springfield a temporary 2-1 lead.  Adron Chambers led off the eighth with a pinch-hit triple to center and scored on Antonio DeJesus' ground out. 


Sunday, 05/23/10 (A) – at Tulsa


Springfield lost their third straight game to Tulsa, going down 9-4.  Gary Daley, Jr. (L, 3-4) allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and a walk in five innings.  He pretty much put the game out of reach early by giving up five runs in the first and another three in the second to dig an 8-0 hole after two innings.  Only two of the seven hits Daley allowed were for extra bases and six of the seven hits came in the first two innings. Daley either settled down after the first two innings or the Drillers were too tired to keep running the bases in the 86-degree temperatures.  Whatever the case, they revived enough to score a run off Casey Mulligan in the sixth, the first earned run he has allowed since his Double-A debut on May 9th and it broke a scoreless streak of four appearances and six innings.  Adam Reifer and Eduardo Sanchez each pitched a scoreless inning.


Aaron Luna's two-run home run, his sixth of the season, got Springfield on the score board in the fourth.  The Cardinals added a run in the fifth when Adron Chambers hit a two-out double and was brought home by Aaron Miles' single to left.  Springfield's final run of the contest came in the sixth when Tulsa loaded the bases on a one-out walk to Aaron Luna, single by Daryl Jones, single by Pete Kozma and then wild pitched home Luna.       


Monday, 05/24/10 (A) – at Tulsa


Springfield snapped their three-game losing streak by taking the final game of the four-game series 5-1.  Ryan Kulik's third start since moving into the rotation was a good one as he gave up only one run, earned, on four hits, one walk and a hit batsman in five innings.  His most precarious inning was the fourth when he opened the frame with a single, walk, single that scored a run.  After a coaching visit, Kulik struck out a batter then induced a 6-4-3 double play.  Blake King pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh while Adam Reifer matched that feat in the eighth.  Eduardo Sanchez pitched around back-to-back two out walks to finish the game.


Springfield gave Kulik the early lead when they scored a run in the top of the second on Andrew Brown's two-out double which was followed by Pete Kozma's rbi single to left.  After Tulsa tied it up on the bottom of the fourth, Springfield went back on top in the sixth.  Steven Hill walked to open the frame and subsequently came home on Pete Kozma's two-out double to left.  The score remained 2-1 until the Cardinals scored three runs in the ninth to pad their lead.  Antonio DeJesus' pinch-hit single led off the ninth and Aaron Miles sacrificed DeJesus to second.  Daryl Jones' two-out single to center scored DeJesus with Jones advancing to second on the throw.  A walk to Matt Carpenter put the force back in play but Steven Hill's single up the middle scored Jones and sent Carpenter to third.  Aaron Luna was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Andrew Brown then singled to left for the final run of the game.  Brown went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and a run driven in while Pete Kozma when 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.  Steven Hill went 2-for-4 as well with a walk, a run scored and a run batted in. 


Tuesday, 05/25/10 – off



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