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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Thomas leads the staff with ten wins (against just one loss) and 80 strikeouts
and his 2.27 ERA is tops among
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.
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.
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
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