The Johnson City Cardinals were 7-0 this week (13-6 overall). They are now in first place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian League, one game ahead of the Elizabethton Twins. The Cardinals have the best record and the longest win streak in the league.
I was able to attend four of the
seven games in person this week. I
missed the three game sweep in
There were no roster changes this week.
As of last week's report, Steven Ramos had not yet appeared in a game in the Gulf Coast League. I am happy to report that he got off to
a good start in
The roster remains at 31 active players (max of 35).
1B David Medina suffered a right
hamstring injury in the eighth inning Monday night (July 5).
P Bob Revesz, who suffered some stiffness and soreness in his pitching arm, has missed at least 12 games but was expected to be available to pitch Saturday night.
OF Chris Edmondson missed his third consecutive game Saturday night.
Team Statistical Review
The offense woke up in a big way this week. After posting an uninspiring line of .239/.295/.354 last week, they produced a .329/.412/.574 line this week. They hit 39 extra base hits in seven games while striking out only 44 times. They averaged 8.4 runs scored per game. This week's offensive explosion propelled the team into first place in the league in batting average (.282), slugging (.451), on-base plus slugging (.806), hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. They are second in the league in runs, RBIs, walks, and on-base percentage (.355).
The defense committed 17 errors last week that contributed to 11 unearned runs. This week, they added just 10 errors and five unearned runs. No single pitcher allowed more than one unearned run during the week.
The Cardinals pitching staff's ERA increased from 3.00 to 3.29 this week but improved from fourth best to third best in the league. The pitchers have the most wins (13), the fewest losses (6), the most holds (11), the most saves (9), and the fewest walks (36) through their first 19 games. Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.23 is fourth in the ten-team league. The relievers have inherited 34 runners while allowing just six to score. Twenty eight percent of the batters all pitchers have faced have grounded out while twenty three percent have struck out.
The Cardinals decided to celebrate
the Fourth of July with fireworks both during and after the game Sunday
Wednesday's win over the Bluefield Orioles extended the Cardinals win streak to a season high four games. Romulo Ruiz, who extended his hit streak to six games, was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three two-out RBIs in a 5-4 win. Three different pitchers recorded firsts in the game. Iden Nazario got his first professional win. Ryan Copeland allowed just two hits over four shutout innings to record his first professional hold. Aidan Lucas, who is relatively new to pitching and has a good up-side to his future, recorded his first professional save.
The Cardinals moved into sole possession of first place with a 7-1 rain-shortened win and a sweep of the Bluefield Orioles in WV on Friday night. Virgil Hill and Reggie Williams each collected their first RBIs of the year on extra base hits while Cale Johnson went the distance (five innings) for a complete game four hitter. Romulo Ruiz and Travis Tartamella each extended their hit streaks to eight games.
Tandem Starting Pitchers
Listed below are the
pairings. The five primary starters
(which usually switches between the two every six days) are limited to around 75
pitches (Johnson appears to be allowed closer to 80) and the secondary starters
are limited to 50-65 pitches (varies from pitcher to pitcher). Five of the pitchers spent time in the
Cardinals organization last year (Hernandez, De Jesus, Daugherty, Johnson, and
Jimenez). The other four pitchers
were drafted during the June 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Tandem Starting Pitchers (9):
LHP Hector Hernandez and LHP Ryan Copeland
RHP Angel De Jesus and LHP Pat Daugherty
RHP Cale Johnson and Bullpen
RHP Trevor Rosenthal and RHP Charllan Jimenez
RHP Boone Whiting and LHP Jeff Nadeau
Tandem Starter Pitch Counts
7/4: Cale Johnson: 73 pitches, 50 strikes, 13-for-22 first-pitch strikes.
7/5: Trevor Rosenthal: 68 pitches, 48 strikes, 9-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/5: Charllan Jimenez: 32 pitches, 21 strikes, 5-for-10 first-pitch strikes.
7/6: Jeff Nadeau: 63 pitches, 43 strikes, 11-for-18 first-pitch strikes.
7/6: Boone Whiting: 52 pitches, 30 strikes, 6-for-15 first-pitch strikes.
7/10: Charllan Jimenez: 73 pitches, 46 strikes, 11-for-18 first-pitch strikes.
7/10: Trevor Rosenthal: 65 pitches, 41 strikes, 8-for-15 first-pitch strikes.
Who's Hot (Hitters)
Eight different hitters hit .320 or better AND had on-base percentages of .417 or better this week. Seven of those slugged .630 or better. Those eight are featured below in decreasing order of batting average for the week.
C Cody Stanley (.429) has a seven
game hit streak and is leading the league in batting average and on-base
C Juan Castillo (.321) posted a .500/.529/.813 line in four games this week. Castillo is 3-for-5 (60%) in catching base stealers. He leads the team with four groundouts into double plays.
OF Virgil Hill (.290) posted a .467/.500/.800 line in five games this week.
OF/1B Phil Cerreto (.278) posted a .417/.462/.750 line in three games this week.
3B Romulo Ruiz (pictured after his first home run, .297) is tied for third in the league in doubles (7) and is fifth in walks (10). Ruiz posted a .370/.452/.630 line in team-high seven games and a 27 at bats this week. Ruiz led the team with four doubles and eight RBIs this week. Ruiz committed three errors this week in one game. Ruiz leads the team with six two-out RBIs and has the team's longest hit streak, which is currently active, at nine games. His name is pronounced ROW-moo-low.
1B Kleininger Teran (.262) posted a .333/.417/.429 line this week in six games.
CF Oscar Taveras (.314) posted a .320/.433/.760 line this week in six games. Taveras led the team with ten runs, two triples, two home runs, eight RBIs, four walks, and one stolen base this week. Taveras committed his first two errors, both fielding, this week.
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
OF Chris Edmondson (.257) was 1-for-7 (.143) with two strikeouts this week.
RF Roberto Reyes (.191) was 2-for-12 (.167) with five strikeouts this week.
IF Packy Elkins (.258) was 2-for-12 (.167) in five games this week.
2B/SS Greg Garcia (.297) was 4-for-22 (.182) in six games this week.
SS Cesar Valera (.161) was
5-for-22 (.227) this week with three errors and seven strikeouts in six
Who's Hot (Pitchers)
Note: The box score for Saturday night was incorrect. P Trevor Rosenthal (not P Charllan Jimenez) pitched the 1-2-3 with two strikeouts fifth inning. The result is that Rosenthal should get the win instead of Jimenez and that Rosenthal's ERA, Ks, and WHIP are a little better. The statistics posted in this article have been updated and I will inform team officials of the scoring error.
Several pitchers just barely missed being ranked with the league leaders due to having just under the minimum of 15.1 innings pitched (IP). Ryan Copeland (14.2 IP) and Boone Whiting (13.1 IP) are the two who missed out.
Pitchers with walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1 or less after 19 games include Hector Corpas (0.30), Ryan Copeland (0.61), and Boone Whiting (0.90).
P Hector Corpas (pictured, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.30 WHIP) leads the league with six saves. Corpas has yet to walk anyone and has averaged 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9). He is tied for seventh in the league in games (6).
P Ryan Copeland (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.61 WHIP) would lead the league in WHIP with just two more outs recorded. Copeland walked none this week while recording an 11.3 K/9 rate.
P Boone Whiting (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) is sixth in the league in strikeouts (22). Whiting leads the team, as a tandem starter, with a strikeout per nine innings (K/9) rate of 14.9.
P Cale Johnson (gallery below, 3-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) is tied for third in the league in wins and is tied for first in games started (4) and complete games (1).
P Trevor Rosenthal (pictured up close and with his circle change grip, 2-0, 2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) is eighth in the league in ERA.
P Angel De Jesus (1-0, 2.87 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) allowed no runs or walks this week over three innings pitched. He posted a 0.67 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 this week.
P Chris Patterson (0-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) leads the league in holds (3) and is tied for seventh in the league in games (6).
P Francisco Guzman (1-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) is tied for the league lead in games (7).
Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)
Five pitchers posted ERAs of six or greater this week: Francisco Guzman (6.00), Hector Hernandez (7.36), Pat Daugherty (7.36), Charllan Jimenez (7.95), and Jeff Nadeau (9.00).
P Hector Hernandez (0-1, 5.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) has allowed four home runs in 14 IP and is tied for second in the league in home runs allowed.
P Iden Nazario (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) and P Bob Revesz (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP) are the only pitchers with WHIPs of 2 or greater. Nazario's pitching delivery is still undergoing some pretty significant mechanical modifications.
Week Three Schedule
Game 20 (Sun): Whiting/Nadeau @
Game 21 (Mon): Copeland/Hernandez vs.
Tuesday July 13: Appy League Scheduled Off Day
Game 22 (Wed): De Jesus/Daugherty @ Pulaski Mariners
Game 23 (Thu): Johnson/Bullpen @ Pulaski Mariners
Game 24 (Fri): Rosenthal/Jimenez @ Pulaski Mariners
Game 25 (Sat): Nadeau/Whiting vs.
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