Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2010 Week 19

The Palm Beach Cardinals went 4-4 on the week and have a two-game lead in the Florida State League South. Kevin Thomas won two as he yielded just five hits and one run in 14 innings. Ryan Jackson has a 13-game hitting streak.



This report covers the seven-day period from Friday, August 13 through Thursday, August 19.


Manager Luis Aguayo's Florida State League club is now at 30-23 in the second half after a 4-4 week. Their lead has been cut to two games ahead of the Bradenton Pirates in the South Division.


The Cardinals began the week with two wins over visiting Port St. Lucie (Mets) to complete a three-game sweep. The road was a lot tougher on them, as Palm Beach won the first game of a Friday doubleheader in Bradenton only lose game two as well as the contests on Saturday and Sunday. The Cards then headed to Port St. Lucie where they split the first two against the Mets.


During the period, wins went to Jesse Simpson and Deryk Hooker, but Kevin Thomas was tops as he earned a pair of victories. David Carpenter had two saves, which Casey Mulligan and Matt Frevert had one each. Losses were taken by Jared Bradford, Richard Castillo, Brett Zawacki and Scott Schneider.


Who's Hot


Right-hander Kevin Thomas allowed just five hits and one earned run in 14 innings pitched this past week. He fanned 14 and walked just three.


Reliever Matt Frevert hasn't allowed a run in a month – since July 19. Since then, the right-hander has tossed 12 1/3 scoreless over ten outings.


Outfielder D'Marcus Ingram went 9-for-30 (.300) last week and was 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts.


Shortstop Ryan Jackson (pictured) is working on a 13-game hit streak during which he has gone 16-for-45 (.356) with six doubles.


Outfielder Ryde Rodriguez has a current six-game hitting streak and went 8-for-21 (.381) during that time. Seven of the hits were singles.


Who's Not


Richard Castillo has allowed a whopping 18 earned runs in his last 14 2/3 innings of work over four starts.


Reliever Joel Pichardo has allowed runs in six of his last eight appearances – 13 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings.


In a major oddity, both outfielders Alex Castellanos and Jarred Bogany are 6-for-32 (.188) over their last ten games. Castellanos had two doubles and nine strikeouts while Bogany's hits were all singles and he fanned a dozen times.


Outfielder Rich Racobaldo went just 4-for-29 (.138) on the week.


For the week, third baseman Niko Vasquez had more walks, five, than hits, four, in 25 at-bats for a .160 average.


Catcher Luis De La Cruz went 2-for-15 (.133) last week, both singles.


On the Move


Closer David Carpenter was traded to Houston for third baseman Pedro Feliz on Thursday. He had 20 saves, a 5-3 record and a 2.36 ERA.


Infielder Jermaine Curtis received a second chance with Double-A Springfield as he was called up on Tuesday. His line in the Florida State League was a power-free .267/.390/.317 in 191 at-bats over 56 games.


On Wednesday, outfielder C.J. Beatty arrived from Quad Cities. In 72 games, 251 Midwest League at-bats this season, the switch-hitter had a .259/.334/.438 line.


On the Mend


Coming off the disabled list on Tuesday, Memphis right-handed reliever Matt Scherer was assigned to Palm Beach. In his first FSL outing on Thursday, the 28-year-old allowed one hit and fanned one in 1 1/3 innings of work.


Pitchers Scott Bittle (shoulder surgery - out all year), George Brown (shoulder – out all year), Mark Diapoules (out since July 1) and Miguel Tapia (shoulder – out since July 31), along with first baseman Francisco Rivera (out since May 7), remain on the DL.


Team leaders


The Cardinals have no .300 hitters. D'Marcus Ingram is tops among active players at .278.  Colt Sedbrook's .365 on-base mark leads current Cardinals. Alex Castellanos' 16 stolen bases, 29 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBI and .451 SLG make him the current team leader in those categories.


Infielder Domnit Bolivar leads the club with 20 errors in 94 games. At the other end of the spectrum, outfielder Jarred Bogany has just one miscue in 44 games.


Kevin Thomas leads the staff with ten wins (against just one loss) and 80 strikeouts and his 2.27 ERA is tops among Palm Beach starters. Richard Castillo's 123 innings, 11 hit batters and 53 walks are the highest totals by a Cardinals pitcher this season.


Casey Mulligan's 0.40 ERA is lowest among the relievers and his nine saves is most now that Carpenter and his 20 saves are gone. Joel Pichardo has the most appearances with 41. Matt Frevert has nine holds.


Florida State League leaders


Though in Springfield now, Xavier Scruggs is still tied for fourth in the league with 13 home runs. Alex Castellanos' 11 long balls is tied for ninth while his 29 doubles ranks second. Scraggs' .456 slugging is fourth and Castellanos .451 is seventh. In OPS, Scruggs' .800 is seventh while Castellanos' .785 is ninth.


Among league qualifiers, Arquimedes Nieto's 3.36 ERA is eighth. Casey Mulligan's nine saves are ninth-most. In the not-so-good leader numbers, Richard Castillo's 53 walks is tied for seventh, his ten home runs yielded is tied for fifth-most and his 11 hit batters is tied for fourth-most.


Team stats and rankings


The Cardinals are ninth of 12 FSL clubs in batting average (.251), but sixth in on-base at .328 and eighth in slugging at .370. They are fourth in runs scored, tied for second in doubles and in a deadlock for fourth in home runs and stolen bases.


The pitchers rank fourth in ERA at 3.46 and are second in saves but are dead last in strikeouts. They have issued the seventh-most walks of the 12 teams.


Up Next


In the upcoming week, the Cards complete the final game of the three-game series at Port St. Lucie on Friday. They next play three against Charlotte before returning home to entertain Fort Myers.



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