The Johnson City Cardinals were
5-2 this week (21-11 overall). They
maintained first place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian
League, two games ahead of the Elizabethton Twins and five games ahead of a
playoff berth. The Cardinals have
the best record in the league while the Twins have the second best.
I was able to attend five of the
seven games in person this week. I
didn't personally attend the two games in
P Kevin Siegrist has been
reassigned from Batavia to Johnson
City. Siegrist was the Cardinals 41st round
pick (1,235th overall) in the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Palm
Beach Community College (FL).
Siegrist is expected to make his Appy League debut on Monday night in
OF Joey Hage was released this week. Hage had been listed on the roster as "reserved" and was not considered "active".
The roster has increased from 31 to 32 active players (max of 35).
P Trevor Rosenthal (pictured
below) experienced some pain in his right pitching
elbow after his
last start on July 16. Doctors have
prescribed rest and do not believe surgery is required. Rosenthal has not thrown at all since
the pain and will need to come back slowly to avoid further injury. He should resume throwing again sometime
next week but he has been removed from the piggyback pitching system
indefinitely. The injury to "Rosie"
is very unfortunate for the Cardinals.
He was leading the team in groundouts of batters faced (40 percent) by a
wide margin and was among the best performing starters for
Team Statistical Review
The offense remained hot this week. After posting a line of .329/.412/.574 two weeks ago, they produced a slightly less slugging line of .340/.416/.533 this week. They hit 30 extra base hits in seven games while striking out 55 times. They averaged 8 runs and 12.6 hits per game. They almost doubled their stolen base output this week by adding seven. This week's offense kept the team in first place in the league in twelve different categories: batting average (.298), on-base percentage (.370), slugging (.475), on-base plus slugging (.845), at bats, hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, and total bases. They are second in the league in triples and fewest strikeouts.
The defense committed nine errors this week however; the pitchers limited the damage by allowing just three unearned runs. 3B Romulo Ruiz committed five of those errors. The defense ranks seventh in the league in the number of unearned runs allowed.
The Cardinal pitching staff's ERA increased for the third consecutive week. A 5.37 ERA this week gave them a 4.29 season ERA (sixth in league). Coming into the week, the pitchers had allowed 16 home runs. This week, they allowed 12 home runs to move into a tie for last place in home runs allowed. The pitchers have the most wins (21), the fewest losses (11), the most holds (17), the most saves (13), and the fewest walks (66) through their first 32 games. Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.33 is sixth in the ten-team league. The relievers inherited seven runners this week and allowed two to score.
The Cardinals had their biggest
offensive output of the year on Sunday night against
The Cardinals pulled out a big come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Twins Tuesday that extended their lead over Elizabethton to two games. Bob Revesz (pictured below) picked up his first pro victory. Phil Cerreto hit a big 3-2 pitch, two-out, two-RBI double in the eighth inning to erase a one-run deficit and to put Johnson City ahead to stay. Cerreto followed that up with a great diving catch of a sinking line drive in the bottom of the ninth that would have at least tied the game had he pulled up to allow a single. The Cardinals could have easily lost the game on the play had the ball bounced past Cerreto since there were runners on first and second with two outs. Both teams allowed just one earned run in the game. Romulo Ruiz ended his 17 game hitting streak and the Cardinals ended their double digit hit streak at 10 games.
The Cardinals had another exciting
come-from-behind victory Wednesday night.
The third and final game of the
series against Elizabethton on Thursday night was a battle between the two best
teams in the Appalachian League.
The Twins, behind four home runs and good starting pitching, won the
final game of the series by a score of 7-3. Boone Whiting picked up his first loss
after giving up three home runs, walking his second batter of the year (118
batters faced), and going to four three-ball counts. The hitters, who were lead by a 3-for-3
from RF Roberto Reyes (pictured below with swing and ball just before hitting
his double), were a combined 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Phil Cerreto and Chris Edmondson kept
the Cardinals in it with solo home runs on back-to-back pitches in the bottom of
the sixth. The loss ended
Saturday night was groundball
Elizabethton 8 @
Elizabethton 7 @
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 85
pitches and the secondary starters are limited to around 65 pitches (varies from
pitcher to pitcher). Six of the
pitchers spent time in the Cardinals organization last year (Hernandez, De
Jesus, Daugherty, Johnson, Jimenez, and Siegrist). The other three 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 Charllan Jimenez and LHP Kevin Siegrist
RHP Boone Whiting and LHP Jeff Nadeau
Tandem Starter Pitch Counts
7/18: Hector Hernandez: 62 pitches, 33 strikes, 6-for-14 first-pitch strikes.
7/18: Ryan Copeland: 66 pitches, 49 strikes, 13-for-16 first-pitch strikes.
7/19: Pat Daugherty: 86 pitches, 57 strikes, 12-for-21 first-pitch strikes.
7/19: Angel De Jesus: 30 pitches, 19 strikes, 5-for-10 first-pitch strikes.
7/20: Cale Johnson: 81 pitches, 53 strikes, 13-for-23 first-pitch strikes.
7/21: Charllan Jimenez: 78 pitches, 50 strikes, 11-for-21 first-pitch strikes.
7/21: Francisco Guzman: 36 pitches, 25 strikes, 8-for-9 first-pitch strikes.
7/22: Boone Whiting: 82 pitches, 59 strikes, 17-for-25 first-pitch strikes.
7/22: Jeff Nadeau: 56 pitches, 31 strikes, 6-for-13 first-pitch strikes.
7/23: Ryan Copeland: 68 pitches, 46 strikes, 12-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/23: Hector Hernandez: 63 pitches, 46 strikes, 16-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/24: Angel De Jesus: 52 pitches, 39 strikes, 16-for-22 first-pitch strikes.
7/24: Pat Daugherty: 40 pitches, 24 strikes, 6-for-12 first-pitch strikes.
Note: Guzman was a temporary substitute for
injured Trevor Rosenthal. Kevin
Siegrist arrived in
Who's Hot (Hitters)
With a team batting average of .298, it would probably be easier to skip to the next section to read about who isn't hot. This team has been carried by the offense so far this year and this week was no different. Five different hitters hit .400 or better, nine hitters hit .300 or better, and 12-of-14 batters hit .250 or better. This week's offensive stars are listed below in decreasing order of this week's batting average.
RF/1B Phil Cerreto (.378) posted a .517/.563/.931 line in seven games this week. Cerreto led the team in hits (15), doubles (3), home runs (3), RBIs (9), and total bases (27) this week. Cerreto (pictured singling to left center on Wednesday) ranks second in the league in slugging (.683) and OPS (1.102), third in batting average, sixth in RBIs (22), seventh in OBP (.419) and home runs (5), and ninth in total bases. Cerreto is a top candidate for Appy League Player of the Week (announced Monday afternoon). Cerreto (pronounced suh-REE-toe) has the team's longest active hit streak at nine games.
C Juan Castillo (.348) was 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a home run this week in three games. Castillo ended an eight game hit streak this week. Castillo is 6-for-12 (50%) in catching would-be base stealers.
LF/CF Oscar Taveras (.367) posted a .412/.429/.500 line this week in seven games. Taveras led the team this week in at bats (34) and RBIs (9). Taveras ranks third in the league in OPS (1.020), fourth in batting average, fifth in RBIs (23), sixth in OBP (.420), seventh in SLG (.600), eighth in runs (20), and tenth in triples (2). Taveras has played more LF of late and has been very impressive at cutting balls off down the line and in the gap. He has held several hitters to singles that would have been certain doubles with other outfielders. There is a lot to be excited about with Taveras' future.
C Travis Tartamella (.348) moved from the "not hot" list last week to the "hot" list this week. "Tart" was 4-for-10 (.400) with a double, two walks, and no strikeouts in three games this week. Tart is 8-for-16 (50%) in catching would-be base stealers.
OF Virgil Hill (.313) was 8-for-20 (.400) in six games this week with a double, a triple, and his first home run. Hill (pictured below) is tied for fifth in the league in triples (3). I timed Virgil at 4.00 seconds from bat contact to 1B on an infield single and close play earlier this year.
RF Roberto Reyes (.230) was 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles this week.
OF/DH Chris Edmondson (.338) was 6-for-19 (.316) with a double and two home runs in five games this week. Edmondson missed making the league leaders in averages by just two plate appearances however he is sixth in home runs (6). Edmondson ended his eight game hit streak this week.
2B/SS Greg Garcia (.307) was 8-for-26 (.308) with a team leading nine runs and three stolen bases this week. Garcia is tied for first in the league in runs (30), is eighth in on-base percentage (.402), and is tied for tenth in doubles (9). Garcia, pictured singling to RF in the first inning on Thursday, ended a seven game hit streak this week.
1B/DH Kleininger Teran (.282) was 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles in three games this week. Teran ended a nine game hit streak this week.
3B Romulo Ruiz (.300) leads the league in walks (22), is tied for second in games (31), is fourth in doubles (12), is fifth in on-base percentage (.421), and is tied for eighth in RBIs (21). Ruiz committed five errors this week (two throwing, two fielding, and one missed-catch). Ruiz is struggling with fielding hard hit groundballs that are right at him (pulling off the ball for fear of being hit with a bad bounce) and with throwing accuracy (more left or right than high or low). Ruiz ended his 17 game hit streak this week.
C Cody Stanley (.333) has started
to cool off a little bit but is still amongst the league leaders in several
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
SS Cesar Valera (.176) was
2-for-19 (.105) with six strikeouts in six games this week.
2B/3B Packy Elkins (.242) was 2-for-11 (.182) with three strikeouts in four games this week.
OF Reggie Williams (.229) was 2-for-8 (.250) with three strikeouts this week.
Who's Hot (Pitchers)
Francisco Guzman (below, 1-0, 4.50 ERA) had a tremendous outing against the Elizabethton Twins in substituting for injured starter Trevor Rosenthal. Guzman allowed no hits and just one walk over three innings pitched this week. Guzman is tied for ninth in the league in games (10).
Ryan Copeland (4-0, 1.91 ERA) was 2-0 with 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) this week over eight and two thirds innings pitched. Copeland is tied for second in the league in wins (4), is fourth in walks plus hits per inning pitched (0.85 WHIP), and is sixth in ERA. Copeland allowed three of the Cardinals' twelve home runs this week. Copeland leads all the tandem starters with percentage of strikeouts of batters faced (30%).
Jeff Nadeau (0-2, 3.57 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings allowing just two hits in one game this week.
Hector Corpas (0-1, 2.13 ERA) recorded two saves in two games this week. Corpas leads the league in both saves (8) and games finished (10). Corpas is tied for second in the league in games (11) and he leads the team's relievers with a 0.79 WHIP.
Aidan Lucas (0-0, 5.00 ERA) allowed no runs and recorded one save and one hold in three games this week. Lucas leads the league in games (12), is tied for fourth in holds (2), and is tied for eighth in games finished (6).
Boone Whiting (2-1, 5.06 ERA) is tied for sixth in the league in strikeouts (35). Whiting (pictured below) allowed three home runs this week and is tied for fourth in the league in home runs allowed (5). For the season, Whiting leads the team's tandem starters with 11.8 K/9 and just 0.7 BB/9. Whiting also leads the team with the highest percentage of strikeouts of batters faced (30%) and the lowest percentage of walks of batters faced (2%).
Chris Patterson (2-1, 5.11 ERA) recorded an 18 K/9 rate and one win over two innings this week. Patterson is tied for second in the league in games (11) and is tied for fourth in holds (2).
Cale Johnson (3-1, 3.26 ERA) leads the team in innings pitched (30.1) and games started (6). Johnson has not allowed a home run this year. Johnson has the lowest strikeout rate of batters faced (15%) on the team.
Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)
Charllan Jimenez (0-1, 7.53 ERA, pictured below preparing to chart pitches) recorded a 15.75 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP over four innings this week.
Hector Hernandez (0-1, 6.33 ERA) allowed another home run this week. Hernandez has allowed six home runs this season (tied for worst in the league).
Week Six Schedule
Game 33 (Sun): Johnson/Bullpen @
Game 34 (Mon): Siegrist/Jimenez @
Game 35 (Tue): Nadeau/Whiting @ Burlington Royals
Game 36 (Wed): Hernandez/Copeland @
Game 37 (Thu): Daugherty/De Jesus vs. Elizabethton Twins
Game 38 (Fri): Johnson/Bullpen vs. Elizabethton Twins
Game 39 (Sat): Jimenez/Siegrist vs. Elizabethton Twins
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