Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 17

Nick Additon, Steven Hill, Tommy Pham and Chris Swauger were hot for the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A club this past week.

Current Record:  20-18

Current Standing:  Third, three games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City) and two games behind Tulsa (Colorado)

Springfield still holds a seven game lead for the final North Division playoff spot over Tulsa if first-half winner Northwest Arkansas also takes the second half.


Roster Moves:

Thursday, July 28th – Outfielder Aaron Luna re-assigned from Triple-A Memphis.  Luna struggled at Memphis, hitting .205/.327/.341/.668, 9-for-44, with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 17 games.

This move was triggered when Memphis activated outfielder Adron Chambers activated from Temporary Inactive list.  The outfield squeeze is caused by Amaury Cazana's arrival from the Mexican League.


Friday, July 29th – Infielder Jermaine Curtis re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach.  Curtis struggled in limited action, going .208/.367/.250/.617, 5-for-24, with five walks and three strikeouts in 11 games.



Of Interest:

Springfield went 5-3 for the week, gaining a game in the standings against Northwest Arkansas.  The upcoming week sees Springfield finishing the last two games of a three-game home series with last-place Arkansas before hitting the road for a four-game series against second-place Tulsa.  The Cardinals will not play the Drillers again until August 31st when they again visit Tulsa for a four-game set.  That will be the second-to-last series of the season.


Lefty Nick Additon was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period July 26th through August 2nd.  His stats for that period are listed in the ‘Hot' section below.  Checking Additon's lefty/righty splits, well, there is not much of a split to be seen.  He has faced 378 right-handed batters and held them to a .265 batting average.  Additon has a 4.87 FIP, .294 BABIP, 1.35 WHIP and 17.8 LD% in 91.1 innings against that group.  The 126 left-handed batters Additon has faced have cumulatively hit .268.  He has a 4.85 FIP, .292 BABIP, 1.30 WHIP and 19.8 LD% against lefties.


St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman David Freese's rehab stint with Springfield came to an aborted and painful end on Tuesday.  As has been widely reported by now, Freese tore up his right ankle and his 2010 season is finished.  


Springfield's former utility player Mike Folli, who was promoted to Memphis in early July, has now been traded to the Tampa Bay organization for ‘future considerations'.  (Translation:  cash)


Since July 12th centerfielder Tommy Pham has gone .354/.455/.492/.947, 23-for-65, in 20 games with four doubles, a triple, a home run, 12 walks, 13 strikeouts, .431 BABIP.  He struck out once every 5.9 plate appearances. 



Who's Hot:  catcher Steven Hill/centerfielder Tommy Pham/right fielder Chris Swauger and southpaw starter Nick Additon


Hill, Pham and Swauger all posted an OPS over 1.000 for the week with Hill having an absolutely ourageous .923 slugging percentage.  Their numbers:

Hill - .308/.357/.923/1.280, 8-for-26, 7 G, 1 2B, 5 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 8 SO, .231 BABIP

Pham - .381/.519/.524/.1.042, 8-for-21, 7 G, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, .421 BABIP

Swauger - .375/.423/.625/.1.048, 9-for-24, 7 G, 2 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 5 SO, .412 BABIP


Over his last two starts the Texas League Pitcher of the Week has shut first-place Northwest Arkansas and last-place Arkansas.  His line:  2 G, 2 GS, 2-0, 12 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA, 2.70 FIP, .171 BAA, .189 BABIP, 3:1 K/BB ratio.



Who's Not:  second baseman Jose Garcia/outfielder Daryl Jones and lefty reliever Tyler Norrick

Garcia went .200/.286/.240, 5-for-25 in eight games, with a double, two runs scored, none driven in, two walks, four strikeouts and a .238 BABIP.

Jones hit .182/.357/.182/.539, 4-for-22 in seven games, with three runs scored and none driven in.  Jones did walk five times against four strikeouts and had a .222 BABIP.


Norrick's line since July 12th:  8 G, 8.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 6.08 FIP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 8 SO, 2.04 WHIP, .258 BABIP, .281 BAA




How They Stack Up:

Third baseman Matt Carpenter's .321 batting average is first in the league among active players and second only to Mike Moustakas.  Carpenter has a .916 OPS which places him second among active players, behind Northwest Arkansas first baseman Clint Robinson's .946 OPS.



Regarding team batting stats, Springfield's ranking is virtually unchanged from last week, except for home runs.  The Cardinals now rank first in home runs with 103, three ahead of Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City).  Their batting average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS all rose by three-to-four percentage points while those of the leader, Northwest Arkansas, dropped by about nine percentage points. 


Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Springfield 3629 0.267 0.353 0.421 0.774 566 970
Lge Ranking - 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
week change - - - - - - - -
League Lead 3639 0.289 0.366 0.449 0.816 591 1045
Team - Oak KC KC KC KC KC KC
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Springfield 198 25 103 518 423 781 63
Lge Ranking - 2nd T-4th 1st 2nd 2nd 6th 6th
week change - - - U - - - -
League Lead 223 35 --- 554 434 640 134
Team - KC Texas   KC SD KC KC



The Cardinals' team pitching rankings either went up or remained the same in all categories except for K/BB ratio where they barely slipped to seventh, 0.03 behind both Corpur Christi (Houston) and Midland (Oakland). 


Springfield 3.87 4.34 0.47 928.2 1.37
Lge Ranking - 3rd 7th   8th 4th
week change - U -   - U
League Lead 3.21 3.47   958.2 1.3
Team - SD SD   SD SD
  H/9 IP HR/H BB/9 SO/9 K/BB
Springfield 8.47 1:9.7 3.86 7.05 1.83:1
Lge Ranking - 2nd 7th 6th 5th 7th
week change - U U - - D
League Lead 8.34 1:16 2.97 7.94 2.35:1
Team - SD SD Col SD SD




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