Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 8

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)


Of Interest:

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 stats:  .279/.362/.344/.707, 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 well.



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


In the Range

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



Who's Hot: 

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 for details.


Who's Not:  

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 BABIP.


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.


Game Summaries:


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 hits.


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.


Thursday, 05/27/10 (H) – vs. Corpus Christi 

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 scoring threat. 


Friday, 05/28/10 (H) – vs Corpus Christi

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 single.


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.   


Saturday, 05/29/10 (H) – vs San Antonio (San Diego)

Springfield had their hitting shoes on against San 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 doubles.


Sunday, 05/30/10 (H) – vs San Antonio 

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 innings.


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.


Monday, 05/31/10 (H) – vs San Antonio 

Springfield finished their home stand in winning fashion, downing San Antonio 4-2.   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 Palm Beach, 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 Springfield 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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