Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 14

Andrew Brown and Thomas Eager excelled for the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A club this past week.

Current Record:  6-11 (second half)

Current Standing:  Last, seven games behind Tulsa (Colorado). Springfield still holds a 1 1/2 game lead for the final North Division playoff spot over Tulsa if first-half winner Northwest Arkansas also takes the second half.


Roster Moves:

Andrew Brown and Tyler Henley switched spots on the disabled list on July 1st.  Brown was activated while Henley went on the DL with a hyperextended left elbow.  The Springfield News-Leader subsequently reported that Henley will undergo Tommy John surgery on July 20th which will end his season.


Memphis second baseman Daniel Descalso's disabling on July 2nd triggered a series of minor league moves.  Springfield second baseman Mike Folli moved up to Memphis and Palm Beach second baseman Jermaine Curtis was promoted to Springfield on July 3rd.


Another Palm Beach-to-Springfield promotion on July 3rd was center fielder Tommy Pham.  Pham replaced Aaron Luna on Springfield's roster when the latter went to Memphis to take Jon Jay's roster slot.  Jay was called up to St. Louis when Ryan Ludwick finally succumbed to the inevitable and was DL'd with the lingering left calf strain.


Finally, Springfield had an open pitching slot due to Mark Diapoules' re-assignment to Palm Beach on June 28th.  That slot was filled on July 8th when Trey Hearne was called up from Palm Beach.



Of Interest:

The News-Leader reports Scott Gorgen left team on June 30th for Jupiter for a 30-day rehab stint.  To date Gorgen has not appeared in an official rehab game.


Since July 1st Springfield experienced three postponements which necessitated three double-headers.  That has scrambled the rotation a bit.  Southpaws Ryan Kulik and Nick Additon join Gary Daley Jr. and Scott MacGregor in the rotation.  Both Brian Broderick and Trey Hearne started during this period but Broderick is expected to have the fifth slot.  Trey Hearne is working his way back to Memphis after two visits to the disabled list, the most recent of which ended on June 24th after a five-week stay.


Adron Chambers was pulled from Tuesday night's game an inning after getting hit in his left hand by Midland's Derrick Gordon.


The question of who will be Springfield's new closer appears a bit up in the air, as of now.  Francisco Samuel looks to be their first choice but his control remains an issue.  Samuel averages 7.47 walks per nine innings pitched.  Adam Reifer did collect two saves during this period.



Who's Hot:  Andrew Brown and Thomas Eager

Andrew Brown came off a three-week DL stint and started producing:  .303/.361/.485/.846, 10-for-33, with three doubles, a home run, six runs scored and another six driven in.  He had a .227 BABIP.  Of concern are the 10 strikeouts which averages out to one every 3.3 at bats.


Reliever Thomas Eager was the best of a group with very mixed stats for the period.  His line:  4 G, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1.77 FIP, 0.57 WHIP, .211 BABIP, .167 BAA


Who's Not:  Pete Kozma and Gary Daley Jr.

Kozma went .188/.278/.188/.465, 6-for-32, 4 BB, 9 SO, 1 R, 1 RBI, .043 BABIP, 1:3.56 K/AB


Gary Daley Jr's line:  3 G, 2 GS, 0-2, 8 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 1 HR, 1 HB, 8 BB, 4 SO, .333 BABIP, .412 BAA, 10.13 ERA, 7.20 FIP, 2.75 WHIP



How They Stack Up:

Here is how the offense and pitching compare against the rest of the eight-team Texas League:


Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Springfield 2947 0.260 0.346 0.404 0.751 442 766
Lge Ranking - 3rd T-2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Springfield 152 20 78 404 338 606 50
Lge Ranking - 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 5th 6th
Team  ERA  IP  WHIP  H/9 IP HR/H
Springfield 3.86 758.2 1.39 8.59 1:.097
Lge Ranking - 6th 8th 5th 3rd 8th
  BB/9 SO/9 K/BB    
Springfield 3.96 7.15 1.81    
Lge Ranking - 6th 4th 6th    


The Games:

July 1st saw Springfield starting a six-game road trip to Texas where they faced Frisco and Midland.  They won the first game against Frisco 4-3 but dropped Saturday's double-header 10-5 and 3-1.  Springfield won two out of three from Midland, 3-2, 2-3 and 6-2. 


Wednesday, July 7th was an off-day as Springfield came home to start a six-game home stand against those very same teams.  Thursday's game was postponed until Saturday so Springfield lost what was the opening game of the three-game series against Frisco, 7-4.  The Cardinals split Saturday's double-header winning the first game 2-1 but dropping the nightcap by the same 2-1 score. 


History repeated itself against Midland when Sunday's series' opener was postponed until Monday.  Springfield won the first game 7-2 but lost the second game 5-1.  The Cardinals also lost Tuesday's game 10-9 in 10 innings.



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