Current Record: 23-21
Current Standing: Third, four games behind Northwest
08/04/10 – Right-handed reliever Francisco Samuel promoted to Triple-A Memphis
Samuel was called up when
08/05/10 – Right-handed reliever Kyle Mura activated from the 7-day disabled list and given his unconditional release; Right-handed reliever Ramon Delgado called up from A-Advanced Palm Beach
Cruz injured himself during
Sunday's game while legging out a bunt and is expected to miss one-to-two weeks,
according to the Springfield
News-Leader. Cutler returns to
Double-A after seeing limited playing time before his June 13th
re-assignment. While Cutler went
.205/.317/.250/.567, 18-for-88 in 28 games, he was hitting much better just
prior to his demotion to
Third baseman Matt Carpenter has been named the Texas League Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks. The period covered is August 2nd through August 8th. During that time Carpenter went .593/.647/.815/.1.462, 16-for-27, with three doubles, a home run, ten runs scored, two driven in, six walks against five strikeouts and two stolen bases.
Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader reports that first baseman Curt Smith broke the hamate bone of his left hand and is done for the season. Recovery from this type of injury can be tricky as the player's bat speed can be impacted.
Francisco Samuel is holding
Double-A batters to a .217 batting average and well under a hit an inning, 18 in
22.1 innings and averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. His overriding issue is his
control. Samuel averaged 6.5
walks every nine innings overall at the time of his promotion to
April 28th through June 29th – 11 G, 12.2 IP, 11 H, 12 BB, 17 SO, 9 R, 6 ER, 4.26 ERA, 5.88 FIP, 1.82 WHIP, .224 BAA, .205 BABIP, 8.52 BB/9 IP, 12.08 SO/9 IP, 1.42:1 K/BB
June 30th through August 4th promotion – 11 G, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 10 SO, 3 R/ER, 2.80 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 1.14 WHIP, .206 BAA, .214 BABIP, 3.73 BB/9 IP, 9.32 SO/9 IP, 2.5:1 K/BB
So, Samuel's average walk rate declined from 8.5/9 IP in his first 11 appearances to 3.7/9 IP in his last 11 appearances, although the latter period covered three less innings. His batting average against improved somewhat while his average strikeouts declined from 12.08/9 IP to 9.3/9 IP but his K/BB ratio improved from 1.4:1 to 2.5:1. Thus, Samuel's control improved dramatically, his strikeout numbers declined somewhat but while opposing batters did not strike out as much, they also did not get a hit from the contact since the BAA went from .224 to .206.
Kyle Lohse's rehab start at
All three players posted an OPS above 1.000 for the week with a minimum of 21 plate appearances. Brown went .476/.522/.857/.1.379, 10-for-21 in five games, with two doubles, two home runs, four runs driven in, five scored, two walks, six strikeouts and a .615 BABIP. Carpenter hit .591/.655/.773/.1.428, 13-for-22 in six games with a double, a home run, three runs driven in, seven scored, six walks against four strikeouts and a .706 BABIP. Luna went .353/.476/.706/1.182, 6-for-17 in five games, with two home runs, three runs driven in, five scored, two walks, two strikeouts and a .308 BABIP.
This week's report spotlights one
Both Garcia and Kozma had an OPS under .350 for the week, minimum 21 plate appearances. Garcia had just a single hit in 16 at bats in six games for a .063 batting average. He did three times which boosted his on-base percentage to .250 and left him with a .313 OPS and a .077 BABIP. Garcia struck out three times and had a stolen base in two attempts. Kozma had two hits in 21 at bats (.095 average) but walked only once (.136 on-base percentage) against five strikeouts. He had an 232 OPS and a .125 BABIP.
The loss Trey Hearne absorbed on August 4th was entirely justified as it was an ugly start. He gave up seven hits in five innings including three home runs. Hearne walked more batters (four) than he struck out (three). The results were an 11.25 ERA, 14.45 FIP, 2.75 WHIP, .412 BAA and .267 BABIP. Ouch.
How They Stack Up:
Third baseman Matt Carpenter leads
the league in batting average (.331) and on-base percentage (.436). His .520 slugging percentage is third
Aaron Luna's .416 on-base percentage is good for third in the league and his .480 slugging percentage is seventh. Luna has an .899 OPS which is third in the league while Steven Hill's .895 OPS is just behind Luna's for fourth place.
The active leader in strikeouts is
Overall, the Cardinals' team
batting continues to be very competitive.
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The pitching remains fairly
mediocre. They walk too many and do
not strike out enough. One area of
strength is in fewest hits per nine innings pitched where the Cardinals are
second with 8.49 hits/9 IP.
However, when opposing batters connect the ball tends to leave the
park. One out of every 9.74 hits
allowed is a home run which is second to last in the league behind
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The Cardinals traveled to Tulsa where they took three-of-four from the Drillers, winning the first three 7-3 (box score), 10-6 (box score) and 4-1 (box score) before losing the final game 6-5 after blowing a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. (box score)
Springfield begins a six-game home
stand this upcoming week with a three-game series each against Texas South
bottom feeder Corpus Christi (18-26) (Houston) and second-place San Antonio
(22-22) (San Diego). Division
leader Northwest Arkansas is on the road this week for two three-game series
against Frisco (21-23, third place in the Texas South Division) (
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