Our weekly report on St. Louis' Double-A club includes a BABIP review for hitters. David Kopp took two wins during the week.
Current Record: 27-23
Current Standing: Second, two and one-half games behind
Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)
This week saw a number of
significant moves on the Springfield roster. The Cardinals lost two starters when
Ryan Kulik was promoted to Triple-A Memphis and Scott Gorgen was officially
placed on the disabled list. The
exact nature of Gorgen's injury is not known other than it is related to his
right elbow. Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader mentioned, in
passing, that Gorgen will be out until August.
Righty Brian Broderick was called
up to take one of the rotation spots and Kyle Mura was activated from the
disabled list to take the other slot.
Mura has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Another blow to the roster came
when Eduardo Sanchez injured his right ankle during the game on Friday, May
28th, which landed him on the disabled list. Palm Beach starter Arquimedes Nieto was called
up and put in the bullpen. It is
unclear who will be Springfield's closer with Sanchez temporarily
shelved but Adam Reifer is the most likely candidate.
The final roster move was
St. Louis' not
unexpected call up of Aaron Miles on Tuesday. The veteran was going to have to be
truly dreadful at the Double-A level to not get another shot with the big
club. His final Double-A
17-for-61, with four doubles, seven walks and eight strikeouts which are stats
that would not get most players the nod.
But Miles is not most players.
He had a .321 BABIP.
While Brian Broderick's first
Double-A start of the season on Saturday was not a positive one since he allowed
10 hits in five innings pitched that resulted in five runs, four earned, there
are a couple of stats that should be pointed out. Broderick had a whopping .435 BABIP and
a 2.60 FIP which contrasts to his 7.20 ERA for a gap of (4.60). Broderick walked only one batter.
Below are the year-to-date
offensive numbers, grouped by BABIP.
Each player's line drive percentage is included as
Charlie Cutler - .210 BABIP, 19 LD
%, .176/.279/.216/.495, 74 at bats
Antonio DeJesus - .158 BABIP, 10.3
LD %, .141/.265/.225/.490, 71 at bats
Mike Folli - .236 BABIP, 22.7 LD
%, .218/.269/.345/.614, 87 at bats
Andrew Brown - .279 BABIP, 19.5 LD
%, .259/.343/.483/.826, 147 at bats
Steven Hill - .299 BABIP, 19 LD %,
.269/.342/.491/.833, 171 at bats
Daryl Jones - .313 BABIP, 22 LD %,
.255/.342/.304/.647, 161 at bats
Pete Kozma - .288 BABIP, 17.2 LD
%, .264/.322/.440/.761, 182 at bats
Aaron Luna - .284 BABIP, 18.4 LD
%, .262/.419/.446/.865, 130 at bats
Matt Carpenter - .438 BABIP, 26.2
LD %, .382/.447/.526/.973, 76 at bats
Adron Chambers - .325 BABIP, 17.8
LD %, .264/.358/.387/.745, 163 at bats
Curt Smith - .345 BABIP, 26.2 LD
%, .310/.335/.462/.797, 171 at bats
Springfield had three batters with at least
18 plate appearances who posted an OPS above one. Those three are our ‘Hotties' for the
week: Third baseman Matt Carpenter,
catcher Steven Hill and outfielder Daryl Jones. Carpenter went .478/.500/.739/1.239,
11-for-23, in 25 plate appearances with three doubles, a home run, a walk, .278
BABIP, .261 ISO. Hill went
.438/.500/.813/1.313, 7-for-16, in 18 plate appearances with a double, a triple,
a home run, a walk, .167 BABIP, .313 ISO.
Jones went .444/.524/.556/1.079, 8-for-18, in 21 plate appearances with
two doubles, three walks, .200 BABIP, .111 ISO
David Kopp is a ‘Hot' selection as
his twelve innings pitched over two starts resulted in two wins, a 2.25 ERA,
.256 BAA and 11 strikeouts. But
Kopp walked five batters and had some stats that were troublesome: 4.78 FIP, 2.53 FIP gap, .250 BABIP, 3.75
BB/9 IP. It should be pointed out
that Kopp's two outings were uneven.
Read the game write-ups on the 26th and the 31st
Adron Chambers did not have a good
week. Chambers went
.167/.286/.167/.452. 3-for-18, in 21 plate appearances with a walk and six
strikeouts. Chambers had a .333
Kyle Mura's first start since
Tommy John surgery was not pretty.
He lasted just two and two-thirds innings and gave up four runs, earned,
on four hits including two home runs and two walks. He had a 13.50 ERA, 13.69 FIP, .364 BAA
and .222 BABIP. Here is hoping that
Mr. Mura has better days ahead.
Wednesday, 05/26/10 (H) –
vs. Corpus Christi (Houston)
General Manager John Mozeliak and
scout Alan Benes were at the game, ostensibly to see Aaron Miles in action. But the main show was put on by David
Kopp on the mound. Kopp (W, 5-1)
scattered five hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out eight and
allowing just one run, earned, in Springfield's 6-2 victory over the Hooks. Casey Mulligan (S, 1) pitched the final
two innings for his first Double-A save.
Mulligan struck out five and gave up just two harmless
The aforementioned Miles went
2-for-4 with a run scored but the big hitting star was catcher Steven Hill. Hill
was a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple, a solo home run and two driven in. Hill's
eighth-inning home run widened the Cardinals' lead to 4-2 and Right fielder
Antonio DeJesus' subsequent two-run home run that inning broke the game open.
(H) – vs.
Springfield could not make a 2-1 lead hold up
as the Cardinals fell to the Hooks 3-2. Nick Additon took a 2-1 lead into
the sixth inning but gave a solo shot that tied the game. Overall, Additon allowed seven hits and
two walks that resulted in two runs, earned, in six and two-thirds innings. He did not figure in the decision. Thomas Eager (L, 1-2) allowed just one
hit is his one and two-thirds innings of work but it was a decisive
eighth-inning home run. Adam Reifer
pitched around a two-out double and a subsequent intentional free pass to keep
the game close in the ninth.
Springfield had ten hits but missed the
timely blow all evening as they stranded 11 runners. Both of their runs came in the fourth
when right fielder/first baseman Andrew Brown singled to left with one out. A wild pitch sent him to second. Aaron Luna and Curt Smith tne coaxed
two-out walks to load the bases for second baseman Mike Folli. Folli's single up the middle plated
Brown and Luna but Smith was thrown out a third to end the inning and the
(H) – vs
Springfield lost 11-4 on Friday but the game
was closer than the final score indicated.
The Cardinals lost more than the game when closer Eduardo Sanchez
suffered a right ankle sprain while fielding a tapper near the third base line
in the ninth inning. Gary Daley Jr.
(L, 3-5) had a rough outing, allowing four runs, all earned, on seven hits and a
alk in just three and two-thirds innings of work. He also hit a batter. The game was 4-1 at the time he departed
the game. Jason Buursma came in and
was not effective either as two of the three hits he allowed in his two and
one-third innings were solo bombs.
Matt Meyer and Blake King each tossed a scoreless frame. The game was 6-4 when Eduardo Sanchez
entered the game in the ninth but Sanchez had his worst outing of the
season. He opened the inning with a
single, single, wild pitch and walk to load the bases with no one out. The next single led to both a run scored
and Sanchez' injury. Casey Mulligan
entered and got the first out but then allowed a bases-clearing triple and a
Centerfielder Daryl Jones, first
baseman Curt Smith, third baseman Matt Carpenter and shortstop Pete Kozma all
had multi-hit games with the latter three each smacking a double.
(H) – vs
San Antonio (San Diego)
Springfield had their hitting shoes on
Antonio on Saturday, winning 12-5. Brian Broderick (W, 1-0) was the
beneficiary although he was not particularly good. Broderick, just called up from Palm Beach to take one of the two rotation slots open due
to Ryan Kulik's promotion to Memphis and Scott Gorgen's DL'ing, coughed up
ten hits and a walk in just five innings for five runs, four earned. Blake King and Matt Meyer tossed two
scoreless innings each
Springfield got on the board in the bottom of
the second, trailing 1-0. Aaron
Miles' double to left with the bases loaded plated the Cardinals' first three
runs. Overall, Miles drove in five
and scored two, hitting in the two position. Matt Carpenter had three hits while
Adron Chambers, Andrew Brown, Pete Kozma and Curt Smith each had two hits. Both of Brown's hits were
(H) – vs
The hitting shoes were off on
Sunday as Springfield lost to San Antonio 6-2. Starter Kyle Mura was bound to be rusty
in his first start in over a year due to Tommy John surgery and the rust showed
in the first inning. All four runs
allowed by Mura (L, 0-1) came in the first inning and all came via the long
ball. Mura then retired six of the
next eight batters he faced, including a pick off by him, before reaching his
pitch count after two and two-thirds innings. He allowed four hits and two walks in
that span. Thomas Eager finished
the third for Mura but issued four free passes in the fourth to walk in a
run. Jason Buursma induced a double
play to end the inning but did allow San Antonio's final run of the game with two
doubles in the fifth inning. Adam
Reifer struck out three, walked two and gave up a single in his two
Springfield had just five hits on the
game. The Cardinals scored their
first run in the first inning on Matt Carpenter's first Double-A home run. Springfield's other run came in the seventh
when Aaron Luna homered to left.
(H) – vs
Springfield finished their home stand in
winning fashion, downing San
David Kopp (W, 6-1) tied his season-high in free passes with four to go
along with six hits in just five innings.
Kopp allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth inning on a
single and a walk before being relieved by Blake King. One batter came around to score when
Blake King walked two batters to force in a run. Arquimedes Nieto (S, 1), fresh up from
pitched the final three innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking
out four. Nieto, a starter at
Palm Beach, was brought up to help an over-taxed
bullpen. He either arrived so
unexpectedly or his stay was expected to be brief enough that his name was not
stitched on the back of his jersey for the game.
The Cardinals scored broke a
scoreless game in the third when Matt Carpenter singled to left with one out
then stole second. That steal was
crucial as it put him in scoring position for Curt Smith's line-drive single to
right with two outs which indeed plated him. Springfield's other three runs came in the
fifth in a tie game when Matt Carpenter again had a one-out hit, this time a
double to right. Steven Hill walked
to bring up Curt Smith who hit a line-drive single to left to score
Carpenter. Daryl Jones' line-drive
single to right scored Hill with Smith advancing to third on the throw. Pete Kozma ground into a force out that
scored Smith for Springfield's final run of the game. Carpenter had three hits while both
Smith and Jones had two hits.
Tuesday, 06/01/10 – off
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