The Johnson City Cardinals were 3-3 this week (16-9 overall). They maintained 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 in the league while the Twins have the second best.
I was able to attend two of the
six games in person this week. I
missed the three games in
There were no roster changes this week.
The roster remains at 31 active players (max of 35).
2B/SS Greg Garcia was apparently injured while turning a double play in the fourth inning of Thursday night's game (July 15) in Pulaski. Garcia didn't play the next two games.
Note: OF Chris Edmondson missed five games in a row, however, it was not due to injury.
Team Statistical Review
The offense remained hot this week. After posting an impressive line of .329/.412/.574 last week, they produced a .296/.374/.479 line this week. They hit 28 extra base hits in six games while striking out 45 times. They averaged 7.7 runs scored per game. This week's offense kept the team into first place in the league in batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.359), slugging (.458), on-base plus slugging (.818), hits, runs, RBIs, and total bases. They are second in the league in doubles, triples, home runs, and walks.
The Cardinal pitching staff's ERA increased from 3.29 to 3.99 (sixth in league) this week. The pitchers have the most wins (16), the fewest losses (9), the most holds (14), the most saves (9), and the fewest walks (48) through their first 26 games. Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.28 is sixth in the ten-team league. The relievers inherited 16 runners this week and allowed eight to score.
All good things must come to an
end and that included the Cardinals eight-game win streak on Monday night. The Cardinals were looking good early
after posting a 6-2 lead through five innings behind lefty Ryan Copeland. However, immediately after Mets manager
Mike DiFelice was ejected arguing a close play at first base,
After the MLB All-Star Game
off-day on Tuesday,
The third and final game of the
series in Pulaski on Friday night was a battle between the two first place teams
in the Appalachian League. Pulaski
took the league's longest win streak (four games) into the game while
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
7/11: Boone Whiting: 60 pitches, 46 strikes, 17-for-21 first-pitch strikes.
7/11: Jeff Nadeau: 36 pitches, 21 strikes, 5-for-11 first-pitch strikes.
7/12: Ryan Copeland: 72 pitches, 48 strikes, 17-for-20 first-pitch strikes.
7/12: Hector Hernandez: 19 pitches, 11 strikes, 0-for-5 first-pitch strikes.
Who's Hot (Hitters)
Five different hitters hit .318 or better AND had on-base percentages of .435 or better this week. Two of those slugged .727 or better. Those five are featured below in decreasing order of batting average for the week.
OF Chris Edmondson (pictured below, .345) is hot again after a brief cold period and after watching for five games. He led the team this week in all four "line" hitting categories (.478/.500/.783/1.283) over five games. Edmondson was 11-for-23 (.478) with two doubles, a triple, and a home run. Edmondson missed the minimum plate appearances by ten to make the league leaders in averages however he is tied for seventh in home runs (4) and tied for tenth in RBIs (15). He is in the top three on the team in most offensive averages. Edmondson ended the week on a six game hit streak.
CF Oscar Taveras (.339) posted a .381/.435/.524 line this week in five games. Taveras is tied for seventh in the league in home runs (4). Taveras ended his season best hit streak at seven games Thursday night.
2B/SS Greg Garcia is also hot again. Garcia posted a .364/.462./455 line this week in three games. He is tied for third in the league in runs (21).
OF/1B Phil Cerreto (.302) posted a .353/.450/.470 line in four games this week.
3B Romulo Ruiz (.302) leads the league in walks (17), is tied for second in games (24) and doubles (10), is tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.423), is tied for fifth in RBIs (18), is eighth in slugging (.523) and on-base plus slugging (.946), and is tied for ninth in total bases (45). Ruiz posted a .318/.483/.727 line in a team-high six games this week. Ruiz led the team with seven runs, two home runs, and seven walks this week. Ruiz committed three errors for the second consecutive week. Ruiz leads the team with twelve two-out RBIs and has the team's longest hit streak, which is currently active, at 15 games.
C Cody Stanley (.347) is fourth in the league in batting average, tied for fifth in triples (2), is sixth in on-base percentage (.413), and is tenth in on-base plus slugging (.926).
1B Kleininger Teran (.277) has a seven game hit streak.
C Juan Castillo (.306) has a six game hit streak.
OF Virgil Hill (.273) has a six game hit streak.
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
OF Reggie Williams (.225) was 2-for-10 (.200) with five strikeouts this week.
C Cody Stanley (.347) was 4-for-23 (.174) this week.
C Travis Tartamella (.333) was 1-for-6 (.167) in two games this week.
Sorry but I didn't have time for pitchers this week. Besides, the hitters are performing much better than the pitchers, especially the relievers, right now.
Week Five Schedule
Game 26 (Sun): Hernandez/Copeland vs.
Game 27 (Mon): Daugherty/De Jesus vs.
Game 28 (Tue): Johnson/Bullpen @ Elizabethton Twins
Game 29 (Wed): Jimenez/Rosenthal vs. Elizabethton Twins
Game 30 (Thu): Whiting/Nadeau vs. Elizabethton Twins
Game 31 (Fri): Copeland/Hernandez @
Game 32 (Sat): De Jesus/Daugherty @
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