Springfield Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 19

Pete Kozma, Andrew Brown, Matt Carpenter, Aaron Luna and Nick Additon are among the hot players on the St. Louis Cardinals' Double-A Texas League club.

Current Record:  27-23

Current Standing:  Tied for second with Tulsa (Colorado), three games behind Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City)


Springfield still holds an eight and one-half game lead over Tulsa for the final North Division play-off spot if first-half winner Northwest Arkansas also takes the second half.



Roster Moves:

Wednesday, 08/11/10 – Catcher Steven Hill added to the 40-man roster and called up to St. Louis;  Catcher Nick Derba re-called from A-Advanced Palm Beach


Hill received the unexpected Big Call when Jason LaRue went on the 15-day disabled list from the effects of a concussion.  Normally, Bryan Anderson, Memphis' primary catcher, would have been called up since he's both at a higher level and already on the 40-man roster.  However, Anderson had his bell rung by a foul ball to the mask on Monday, August 9th so was not available when LaRue was injured on Tuesday the 10th.  Hill was re-assigned to Memphis on the 17th so will get an opportunity there, at least while LaRue is disabled. 



Monday, 08/16/10 – Centerfielder Tommy Pham placed on the 7-day disabled list (bone fracture near right wrist)


Pham was absolutely unworldly with his bat before he was hit by a pitch during Sunday's game.  His line this week:  .667/.714/1.417/2.131, 8-for-12 in four games, with three doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored, four driven in, a walk, a strikeout and a stolen base.  Pham told the Springfield News-Leader that he expects to miss two weeks.



Tuesday, 08/17/10 – Second baseman Jermaine Curtis re-called from A-Advanced Palm Beach


Curtis was not of much help when he was previously at Springfield and it is unlikely that he will contribute much this time.  He certainly will not be able to take Pham's place offensively.



Of Interest:

The News-Leader reports that Trey Hearne has been moved to the bullpen, effective Monday, to protect his arm.  Hearne had off-season shoulder surgery which delayed the start of his season until April 21st.  He missed another month on the disabled list from May 24th, retroactive to May 20th, through June 24th for undisclosed reasons.


Charles Cutler and Nick Derba split catching duties evenly this week.  Cutler went .273/.333/.273/.606, 3-for-11, with a walk, a run driven in and a .273 BABIP.  He did not strike out.  Derba showed some atypical pop to his bat by hitting two doubles and a home run in 12 at bats.  He went .333/.333/.750/1.083, 4-for-12 with four runs scored, a run driven in, three strikeouts and a .375 BABIP.


Springfield leads the Texas League in hit batsmen with 80.  Their closest competition is Northwest Arkansas with 73 plunkees and Tulsa is a distant third with 53. 



Who's Hot:  Andrew Brown, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma and Aaron Luna //  Lefty starter Nick Additon


Springfield had a quartet of batters that posted OPS's near or above 1.000 this week.  Brown rode a high average and slugging to go .333/.333/.625/.958, 8-for-24 in five games, with two doubles, a triple, a home run and four runs driven in.  He struck out seven times and had a .438 BABIP.


Carpenter had the most unusual line of the week.  He hit only .250, 5-for-20, but three of his five hits were for extra bases, including a double and two home runs.  Carpenter also walked eight times against just three strikeouts.  Overall, his batting line was .250/.448/.600/.1.048 with five runs scored, six driven in and a .200 BABIP.


Pete Kozma is on one of his hot hitting streaks again.  He went 10-for-27 in six games, with four doubles and three home runs.  Kozma scored seven times and drove in seven.  He walked once and struck out five times and had a .368 BABIP.  His line:  .370/.393/.852/1.245.


Aaron Luna posted a .421/.577/.632/.1.209 line, 8-for-19 in six games, with four doubles, three runs scored, two driven in, five walks against four strikeouts.  He had a .533 BABIP.


Nick Additon's start Corpus Christi last Thursday was the ‘Hot' start of the week.  Additon's three-hit shutout over seven innings was his longest and most effective outing since a June 13th start when he matched those numbers against the Arkansas Travelers.  This time Additon walked one, struck out five and did not allow a base runner to reach third.  He compiled a 2.20 FIP, 0.57 WHIP, .130 BAA and a .150 BABIP.  



Who's Not:  Jose Garcia // Righty Trey Hearne

Garcia went .143/.240/.143/.383, 3-for-21 in six games, with a run scored, a run driven in two walks, six strikeouts and a .200 BABIP.  He also stole a base and was hit by a pitch.


Trey Hearne was ineffective against Corpus Christi on the 11th when he gave up five runs, earned, on seven hits and a walk in five and one-third innings.  He was bitten by the long ball twice: a three-run shot in the fourth by Koby Clemens and Kody Kirland's two-run blast in the sixth. Hearne was subsequently re-assigned to Springfield's bullpen.  He entered a shutout in the eighth inning on the 16th and gave up the game's only run on a lead-off home run to San Antonio's lead-off hitter.  Hearne had an 8.25 FIP, 1.58 WHIP, .333 BAA and .300 BABIP for the week.



How They Stack Up:

Third baseman Matt Carpenter slipped to second place in the league with a .335 batting average.  Midland's Corey Brown is currently first with a .345 average.  Andrew Brown's .294 average is good for ninth in the league.  Carpenter is microscopically ahead of Corey Brown for the league lead in on-base percentage .437 to .436 and Aaron Luna is just behind them in third with a .432 on-base percentage.


Northwest Arkansas' Clint Robinson and Corpus Christi's Koby Clemens share the home run lead with 24.  The now departed Steven Hill is next with 22.  Hill, however, hit his 22 home runs in 361 at bats while Robinson has 404 at bats and Clemens has 379.



Team  AB  AVG  OBP  SLG  OPS  R  H 
Springfield 4051 0.271 0.356 0.433 0.789 634 1097
Lge Ranking - 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
week change - - - - - - - -
League Lead   0.290 0.366 0.451 0.817 663 1169
Team -   KC KC KC KC KC KC
  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB 
Springfield 224 26 127 581 466 885 70
Lge Ranking - 2nd 6th 1st 2nd 2nd 7th 6th
week change - - D - - - D -
League Lead 245 37 --- 618 476 710 136
Team - KC Texas   KC SD KC KC

The Cardinals lead the league in at bats and home runs, as is evident by the chart.  They lead Northwest Arkansas by 18 at bats and 14 home runs.  They are pretty dismal in the speed categories of triples and stolen bases plus Springfield is third in highest strikeout-per-plate appearance ratio.  The Cardinals strike out an average of once every 5.3 plate appearances which is marginally better than either Midland's 1:5.2 ratio or Corpus Christi's 1:5.0 ratio.  The team that averages the fewest strikeouts-per-plate appearance is Northwest Arkansas who has a 1:6.5 ratio. Springfield does do well in the free pass-per-plate appearance ratio.  They are tied for second in the league with Midland with a 1:10 ratio.  San Antonio walks an average of once every 9.6 plate appearances.


Springfield 3.88 4.33 0.45 1035.2 1.36
Lge Ranking - 3rd 7th   8th 3rd
week change - - -   - U
League Lead 3.27 3.46   1064 1.30
Team - SD SD   Oak SD
  H/9 IP HR/H BB/9 SO/9 K/BB
Springfield 8.50 1:9.4 3.73 7.07 1.9:1
Lge Ranking - 2nd 7th 6th 5th 5th
week change - - - - - U
League Lead 8.38 1:16.5 2.99 7.83 2.39:1
Team - SD SD Col SD SD

Springfield's pitching rank remained unchanged in most categories.  The exceptions were a move from fourth to third in WHIP and from sixth to fifth in K/BB ratio.  Four teams have an ERA that is better than their FIP:  San Antonio (San Diego) with a 3.27 ERA and a 3.46 FIP, Tulsa (Colorado) with a 4.25 ERA and a 4.31 FIP, Corpus Christi with a 3.60 ERA and a 3.87 FIP and Springfield.  Four teams have a FIP that is better than their ERA:  Frisco (Texas) with a 4.17 ERA and a 3.57 FIP, Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City) with a 4.04 ERA and a 3.91 FIP, Midland (Oakland) with a 4.03 ERA and a 3.75 FIP and Arkansas (LAA) with a 4.81 ERA and a 4.56 FIP.


The Games: 

Springfield went 4-2 while at home this week, taking two of three from both last-place Corpus Christi and second-place San Antonio.  Both teams play in the Texas League South Division.  The Cards gained a game on both first-place Northwest Arkansas and last week's second-place team, Tulsa. 


Springfield lost their opening game against Corpus Christi 8-4 as Trey Hearne gave up five earned runs in under six innings in his second consecutive start.  All of the runs were a result of two Hooks home runs.  (Box).  On Thursday the Cardinals shut out the Hooks on three hits behind an excellent pitching performance by Nick Additon, Ramon Delgado and Adam Reifer to win 3-0.  Reifer picked up his 10th save of the year and Matt Carpenter's seventh-inning home run accounted for Springfield's runs.  (Box).  Springfield took the rubber game of the series 6-1 as David Kopp notched his 10th win of the season.  Tommy Pham went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two home runs to lead the Cardinals' attack.  (Box)


Springfield outlasted the Missions 12-8 on Saturday with Brian Broderick getting the win.  Pete Kozma went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, four runs scored and three driven in to lead the Cardinals' offense.  (Box).  Sunday's game was a 6-4 loss with Arquimedes Nieto giving up six runs, earned, on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman in five plus innings.  Three of the runs attributed to Nieto scored on hits by Thomas Eager who inherited a bases-loaded and none out situation.  Tommy Pham was struck on a bone near his right wrist in the third inning which eventually led to a stint on the 7-day Disabled List.  (Box).  The Cardinals pounded the Missions 9-1 on Monday behind a 15-hit attack.  Pete Kozma and Nick Derba each had a home run and Scott McGregor evened his record to 4-4 by tossing six innings of shutout ball.  (Box).


Springfield next goes on a six-game road trip which mirrors their most recent home stand.  They begin the week at last-place Corpus Christi (21–29, Texas South) for three games then travel to second-place San Antonio (24–26, Texas South) for another three games.  The Cardinals finish the week at home, taking on division leader Northwest Arkansas in the first of a four-game series. 


Northwest Arkansas has a six-game home stand featuring three games with third-place Frisco (23–27, Texas South) and another three games against first-place Midland (27–23, Texas South).  The Naturals close the week by traveling to Springfield.


Tulsa is at home for two three-game series against the identical teams as Northwest Arkansas:  Midland and Frisco.  The Drillers head to last-place Arkansas (21–29, Texas North) on Tuesday for a brief four-game road series.



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