The Johnson City Cardinals were
2-5 this week (23-16 overall). They
slipped to second place in the five-team Western Division of the Appalachian
League, two games behind the Elizabethton Twins but three games ahead of the
Greeneville Astros for a playoff berth.
The Cardinals have the second best record in the league.
I was able to attend the three of
the seven games in person this week.
I didn't personally attend the game in
There were no roster changes this week. The roster remained at 32 active players (max of 35).
RF/1B Phil Cerreto was hit on the back of his left hand with the first pitch of his fifth inning at bat against the Twins on Friday night. Cerreto almost immediately went down to one knee in pain after contact. He was then removed from the game after a brief evaluation from team trainer Michael Petrarca (pictured below tending to Cerreto) and Manager Mike Shildt. Manager Mike Shildt told me Saturday night that x-rays were negative and that he is "day-to-day".
P Trevor Rosenthal experienced
some pain in his right pitching
elbow after his
start on July 16. Rosenthal has
begun to throw again but will need to come back slowly to avoid a repeat
injury. "Rosie" is expected to
return to game action on Thursday August 6 against the Bristol White Sox. He was leading the team in groundouts of
batters faced (40 percent) by a wide margin and was among the best performing
P Chris Patterson did not appear
in relief in a game this week. He
experienced a little bit of tendinitis in his pitching arm after his last
appearance on Wednesday July 21.
Patterson is expected to be available to relieve during the
Team Statistical Review
The offense cooled off a lot this week. After posting a line of .340/.416/.533 last week, they slipped to a .247/.296/.355 line this week. They hit 17 extra base hits in seven games while striking out 72 times. They averaged 8 runs and 12.6 hits per game last week and just 4 runs per game and 9.1 hits per game this week. They added seven more stolen bases this week. Despite seeing their season average drop .010 this week, the offense remained in first place in the league in eleven different categories: batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.357), slugging (.453), on-base plus slugging (.810), at bats, hits, runs, doubles, RBIs, walks, and total bases. They are second in the league in triples and home runs.
The defense committed ten errors
this week that led to seven unearned runs.
SS Cesar Valera committed five of those errors (four fielding) while 3B
Romulo Ruiz added three (two throwing).
The Cardinal pitching staff's ERA increased for the fourth consecutive week. A 5.57 ERA this week gave them a 4.49 season ERA (seventh in league). The pitchers allowed seven home runs this week in seven games. They are now in last place in home runs allowed (35) and hits allowed. The pitchers have the fewest walks (80) through their first 39 games. Their walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.39 is sixth in the ten-team league. As a team for the season, the pitchers have grounded out 26.5 percent of the batters they have faced, struck out 21.3 percent, and walked 5.3%. The relievers inherited eleven runners this week and allowed six to score (55 percent scored vs. 32 percent scored for season). Overall, it was a pretty rough week for the pitchers.
The Cardinals dropped the rubber
game of the three game series in
The rubber game of the series
Elizabethton came to
Cale Johnson took to the mound on
Friday night against Twins ace and reigning Appy League Pitcher of the Week
Adrian Salcedo. Salcedo, who leads
the league in strikeouts at just 19-years-old, recorded 21 strikeouts over 14
innings pitched while walking just one last week. Although the pitchers figured to be the
story of the game, the Cardinals' first inning defense was the real story. SS Cesar Valera had back-to-back first
inning fielding errors that led to five unearned runs for the Twins. CF Oscar Taveras (pictured below after
his first home run) tried to keep
The Cardinals were shutout for the
first time this year and were held to their lowest hit total of the year (four
singles) in a 5-0 loss to the Elizabethton Twins at home Saturday night. In fact, it was the first time in 39
games that the Cardinals scored fewer than two runs in a game. It was also the first time this year
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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 – Rosenthal will likely return much lower than 65). Six of the pitchers spent time in the Cardinals organization last year (Hernandez, De Jesus, Daugherty, Johnson, Jimenez, and Siegrist). The other four pitchers were drafted during the June 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Tandem Starting Pitchers (10):
LHP Ryan Copeland and LHP Hector Hernandez
RHP Angel De Jesus and LHP Pat Daugherty
RHP Cale Johnson and RHP Trevor Rosenthal (reduced pitch count)
LHP Kevin Siegrist and RHP Charllan Jimenez
RHP Boone Whiting and LHP Jeff Nadeau
Tandem Starter Pitch Counts
7/25: Cale Johnson: 71 pitches, 51 strikes, 17-for-26 first-pitch strikes.
7/26: Kevin Siegrist: 67 pitches, 47 strikes, 15-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/26: Charllan Jimenez: 21 pitches, 15 strikes, 7-for-9 first-pitch strikes.
7/27: Boone Whiting: 61 pitches, 38 strikes, 14-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/27: Jeff Nadeau: 54 pitches, 32 strikes, 9-for-15 first-pitch strikes.
7/28: Hector Hernandez: 52 pitches, 35 strikes, 12-for-20 first-pitch strikes.
7/28: Ryan Copeland: 29 pitches, 22 strikes, 8-for-10 first-pitch strikes.
7/29: Pat Daugherty: 69 pitches, 41 strikes, 4-for-15 first-pitch strikes.
7/29: Angel De Jesus: 50 pitches, 36 strikes, 11-for-14 first-pitch strikes.
7/30: Cale Johnson: 85 pitches, 54 strikes, 16-for-30 first-pitch strikes.
7/31: Charllan Jimenez: 69 pitches, 43 strikes, 13-for-19 first-pitch strikes.
7/31: Kevin Siegrist: 49 pitches, 35 strikes, 10-for-14 first-pitch strikes.
Note: Hernandez may have thrown a few more pitches on 7/28.
Who's Hot (Hitters)
Although the team didn't hit very well this week, five different hitters hit .304 or better with .400 or better slugging percentage. This week's five offensive stars are listed below in decreasing order of this week's batting average. Garcia and Hill, who hit between .200 and .300 this week, are each listed last due to their top ten listings in the league rankings.
RF/1B Phil Cerreto (.388) posted a .429/.435/.810 line in five games this week. Cerreto led the team this week in hits (9), doubles (3), triples (1), and RBIs (7). Cerreto ranks second in the league in batting average, RBIs (29), OBP (.422), slugging (.709) and OPS (1.131). He is seventh in home runs (6), eighth in total bases, and ninth in doubles (11). Cerreto won Appy League Player of the Week (July 19-25) on Monday afternoon. Cerreto ended a ten game hit streak early in the week.
1B/DH Kleininger Teran (.301) was 6-for-15 (.400), all singles, with two walks in four games this week. Teran posted a team best .471 OBP this week.
LF/CF Oscar Taveras (.362) posted a .346/.357/.692 line this week in seven games. Taveras led the team this week in at bats (26), runs (6), hits (9), doubles (3), home runs (2), and total bases (18). Taveras ranks third in the league in batting average, SLG (.621), and OPS (1.027). He is fifth in RBIs (28) and OBP (.406). Taveras ranks sixth in runs (26), seventh in home runs (6), eighth in hits (42), and ninth in total bases (72). Taveras is pictured below with an awkward looking off-balance swing-and-miss on an off-speed offering from a Twins pitcher this week. Something I witnessed more this week than usual. You can see the ball in the picture just in front of and slightly above Taveras' right knee. It appears he swung at a strike.
C Juan Castillo (.339) was 5-for-16 (.313) with a home run this week in four games.
C Cody Stanley (.328) was 7-for-23
(.304) with two doubles and a home run in seven games this week.
OF Virgil Hill (.301) is tied for eighth in the league in triples (3). He led the team with three walks this week.
2B/SS Greg Garcia (.293) was hit with a pitch twice this week to extend his team lead to seven. Garcia, pictured below while warming up on deck this week, is tied for second in the league in runs (33) and is tenth in on-base percentage (.387).
Who's Not Hot (Hitters)
Five hitters hit below the
3B Romulo Ruiz (.263) is as cold as ice after ending a 17-game hit streak last week. Ruiz was 2-for-23 (.087) with eight strikeouts in six games this week. Despite his struggles this week, Ruiz still ranks second in the league in walks (23), third in games (37), and fourth in doubles (13). Ruiz committed three errors this week (two throwing and one fielding).
OF/DH Chris Edmondson (.284) is almost as cold as Ruiz. Edmondson was 3-for-25 (.120) with three walks and seven strikeouts in six games this week. Despite his struggles this week, Edmondson ranks seventh in the league in home runs (6) and is ninth in the league in both slugging percentage (.549) and OPS (.897).
C Travis Tartamella (.315), who has flipped from hot to not-not to hot in previous weeks, is back to "not-hot" again. "Tart" was 1-for-8 (.125) with a double in two games this week.
SS Cesar Valera (.172) was
3-for-20 (.150) with a team-high nine strikeouts and team-high five errors in
six games this week.
RF Roberto Reyes (.224) was 2-for-11 (.182) in six games this week.
Who's Hot (Pitchers)
Two pitchers allowed no earned runs this week with WHIPs of less than 1 over at least three innings pitched. Those two are listed below followed by the top ten league leaders in several pitching categories.
Ryan Copeland (4-0, 1.72 ERA) allowed no hits or walks this week (0.00 WHIP) over three innings pitched. Copeland is first in the league in walks plus hits per inning pitched (0.77 WHIP), fourth in ERA, fifth in wins, and seventh in holds (2). Copeland leads all the tandem starters in percentage of strikeouts of batters faced (28%).
Aidan Lucas (0-0, 3.75 ERA) allowed no runs or walks and just two hits (0.67 WHIP) over three innings pitched this week. Lucas leads the league in games (14) and holds (4) and is tied for eighth in games finished (7).
Hector Corpas (0-1, 2.45 ERA) leads the league in both saves (8) and games finished (11). Corpas is tied for second in the league in games (13) and he leads the team's relievers with a 1.02 WHIP.
Francisco Guzman (1-0, 4.80 ERA) is tied for ninth in the league in games (12).
Chris Patterson, Charllan Jimenez, Drew Benes, and Angel De Jesus are amongst the league leaders in holds.
Kevin Siegrist (1-1, 3.38 ERA) pitched better than his statistics showed but wasn't really "hot" this week. However, he made his Appy League debut and I got some pictures of him (shown below) so I thought I would list him and share them.
Who's Not Hot (Pitchers)
Four pitchers posted ERAs of eight or greater over three or more innings pitched this week. Those four are listed below in order of decreasing ERA for the week.
Pat Daugherty (2-2, 7.46 ERA) recorded an 18.02 ERA over three innings this week.
Boone Whiting (2-2, 5.74 ERA) posted a 9.65 ERA over four and two thirds innings this week. For the season, Whiting leads the team's tandem starters with 10.9 K/9 and just 1.1 BB/9. Whiting also leads the team with the highest percentage of strikeouts of batters faced (28%) and the lowest percentage of walks of batters faced (3%).
Bob Revesz (2-0, 5.27 ERA) posted a 8.43 ERA this week over five and one third innings and three games this week.
Cale Johnson (3-3, 4.46 ERA) was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA this week. Johnson (pictured below) allowed a whopping 25 hits and 15 runs (nine earned) this week over ten innings pitched. Johnson, who struck out just two of the 56 batters he faced this week, has the lowest strikeout rate of batters faced (12%) on the team.
Week Seven Schedule
Game 40 (Sun): Whiting/Nadeau @ Greeneville Astros
Game 41 (Mon): Copeland/Hernandez @ Greeneville Astros
Game 42 (Tue): De Jesus/Daugherty @ Greeneville Astros
Wed: Scheduled Appalachian League Off Day
Game 43 (Thu): Johnson/Rosenthal @ Bristol White Sox
Game 44 (Fri): Siegrist/Jimenez @ Bristol White Sox
Game 45 (Sat): Nadeau/Whiting @ Bristol White Sox
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