Current Record: 15 - 15
Current Standing: Third, four games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City) Springfield still holds a five game lead for the final North Division playoff spot over Tulsa if first-half winner Northwest Arkansas also takes the second half.
Thursday, 07/22/10 – Right-handed
pitcher Gary Daley Jr. given his unconditional release. Right-handed pitcher
Arquimedes Nieto recalled from
Friday, 07/23/10 – Right-handed pitcher Shaun Garceau reinstated and given his unconditional release.
Monday, 07/26/10 – First baseman
Curt Smith placed on the 7-day Disabled List (undisclosed); First baseman Xavier Scruggs called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach; Right-handed reliever Casey Mulligan
activated from the 7-day Disabled List and re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm
Beach. Smith got the ‘Hot' mention
for the week ending June 29th when he posted an OPS of 1.083 but
plunged into the freezer in July, with his highest OPS being .578 for the week
ending July 20th. Most
recently, he hit .364/.385/.636/1.021, 4-for-11 with a .333 BABIP in four games
this week prior to going on the DL.
Mulligan struck out an average of 11.5 batters every nine innings but
walked an average of five and one-half batters. He had a 3.37 FIP and .328 BABIP in 18
innings and has been on
Third baseman Matt Carpenter was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the period July 19 through 25. Carpenter went 10-for-29, .345, with a triple, four home runs and nine RBI. He also drew six walks. He was selected in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player draft.
There are several Honorable Mentions in the ‘Hot' offense category: center fielder Daryl Jones, shortstop Pete Kozma and right fielder Chris Swauger. Jones went .412/.476/.706/1.182, 7-for-17 in four games with three doubles, a triple, five runs scored and five RBI. He had two walks and two stolen bases against four strikeouts. Kozma scored a team-high nine runs on his way to a .379/.455/.483/.937 week. That is 11-for-29 in seven games with three doubles, four walks and only three strikeouts. Kozma was the only Cardinals player to walk more than he struck out this week. He stole a base and had a .423 BABIP. Finally, Chris Swauger went .400/.520/.500/1.020, 8-for-20 in six games with two doubles, five walks and 4 RBI. He had a .667 BABIP.
The seemingly eternal question of
exactly which five pitchers comprise
Who's Hot: Matt Carpenter, Jose Garcia and Scott McGregor
Right-handed pitcher Scott McGregor started one game and appeared out of the bullpen for an inning in another. Overall, McGregor allowed seven hits and a walk in eight innings pitched while striking out five. He gave up two runs, earned, for a 2.25 ERA, 2.70 FIP and 1.00 WHIP. McGregor held the opposition to a .250 batting average with a .280 BABIP. He had a 5:1 K/BB ratio.
Who's Not: Catcher Tony Cruz, pitchers Brian Broderick and Arquimedes Nieto
Cruz went .227/.292/.455/.736, 5-for-22 in five games with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. He struck out seven times and walked twice. Cruz had a .286 BABIP.
Right-handers Brian Broderick's and Arquimedes Nieto's starts did not go well this week. Broderick allowed eight runs, earned, on 10 hits in six innings. Two of his 10 hits allowed were home runs. He walked two and struck out only two. Overall, he had a 12.00 ERA, 8.37 FIP, .370 BAA, .308 BABIP and 1:1 K/BB ratio. Nieto's first Double-A start was not pretty as he gave up six runs, earned, on nine hits and two walks, including three home runs. All of that happened in just four and two-thirds innings of work. Nieto had an 11.56 ERA, 11.77 FIP, .409 BAA, .333 BABIP and 2:1 K/BB ratio.
How They Stack Up:
Matt Carpenter's .320 batting
average is good for third in the league behind now promoted Mike Moustakas' .347
and Paulo Orlando's .324. The
latter pair are part of the
Catcher Steven Hill is tied for
sixth in the league with 14 home runs behind
Regarding the league comparisons,
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Final two games of a five-game
home series against
Wednesday, July 21st and Thursday, July 22nd – split
Five-game road series against
Northwest Arkansas (
Friday, July 23rd through Monday, July 26th – won three, lost one, one postponed
Cardinals won the series' opener 9-8 in 10 innings with reliever Blake King
pitching two scoreless frames for the win.
King (W, 4-2) did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out two. Francisco Samuel (S, 3) induced a
double-play ball that erased a lead-off hit batsman for a scoreless tenth.
Cardinals fell in the nightcap 6-2 as Arquimedes Nieto's first Double-A start
was a losing one. Nieto (L, 0-1)
drew the tough assignment of pitching against highly touted Aaron Crow and
lasted just four and one-third innings.
He allowed six runs, earned, on nine hits, including three home runs, and
two walks. Third baseman Matt
Carpenter accounted for all of
Kozma went 3-for-4 with two runs batted and Trey Hearne had his best start of
the season as the Cardinals won 5-2.
Kozma singled and scored the game's first run and his two-run double with
two outs in the fifth widened
· David Kopp shut out the Naturals on one hit and one walk with three strikeouts through three innings before Monday's game was postponed due to rain.
First of a three-game road series
Tuesday, July 27th - won
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