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
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.
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
Monday, 08/16/10 – Centerfielder
Tommy Pham placed on the 7-day disabled list (bone fracture near right
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
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
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
Who's Hot: Andrew Brown, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma
and Aaron Luna // Lefty starter
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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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.
Springfield went 4-2 while at home this week,
taking two of three from both last-place Corpus
Christi and second-place San
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
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
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
(21–29, Texas North) on Tuesday for a brief four-game road
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