Current Record: 32-25
Current Standing: Tied for second with
Wednesday, August 18th – Left-handed pitcher Ryan Kulik re-assigned to Double-A Springfield from Triple-A Memphis
Wednesday was last day Triple-A
players could be added to the Double-A roster and be eligible for the play-offs.
So this move is timely. Kulik was
not activated until the 24th because he had to attend a wedding, per
the News-Leader. He will take Nieto's slot in
Tuesday, August 24th – Right-handed starter Arquimedes Nieto re-assigned to A-Advanced Palm Beach
Nieto simply did not pitch very well while at Double-A. He compiled a 5.30 ERA, 5.55 FIP, 1.54 WHIP and .269 batting average against in 35.2 innings over seven games. Nieto had a .246 BABIP and a 1.58:1 K/BB ratio.
During Wednesday's game Nick Additon loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with no one out and proceeded to strike out Koby Clemens, Jonathan Gaston and Michael Affronti, all swinging.
The Cardinals' recent road trip
Outfielder Aaron Luna has been hit
by a pitch 24 times this season.
That is a whopping 27% of
Below is a chart of all players
that appeared in a game for
Among active players with more than 50 plate appearances, outfielder Aaron Luna and third baseman Matt Carpenter lead the club in walks ratio at 1:6.3 and 1:6.7 respectively. Chris Swauger appears to be allergic to walks with a 1:16 BB/PA ratio. Catcher Charles Cutler strikes out the least with a 1:7.8 ratio with Jose Garcia in second at 1:6.2 SO/PA. First baseman Xavier Scruggs and Chris Swauger are neck-in-neck for the ‘Mr. Whiffy' title (a title coined for former Cardinals' farmhand John Nelson) with a 1:3.7 and 1:3.8 strikeouts-per-plate appearance ratio.
Carpenter notches his third consecutive ‘Hot' and Kozma has his second straight ‘Hot'. Kozma posted an over 1.100 OPS for the second straight week, going .355/.429/.677/1.106, 11-for-31 in seven games, with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. He scored five runs, drove in five, walked three times, stole two bases and struck out nine times. Kozma had a .450 BABIP.
Carpenter went .357/.471/.464/.935, 10-for-28 in seven games, with three doubles, six walks, five runs scored, three driven in and seven strikeouts. He had a .476 BABIP.
Jose Garcia went from ‘Not' to ‘Hot' in one week, hitting .360/.429/.480/.909, 9-for-25 in six games. He hit a home run, scored seven runs, drove in three and walked three times against just two strikeouts.
Both Buursma and Delgado have been very good over the past two weeks. Neither pitcher was credited with an earned run during that span. Buursma's streak is nine appearances and Delgado's is eight. Buursma's line: 7 G, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0.00 ERA, 1.57 FIP, 0.41 WHIP, 0 BB, 6 SO, .125 BAA, .167 BABIP, 2-to-1 Inh Runners/Scored.
Delgado's line for the past two weeks: 6 G, 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0.00 ERA, 0.51 FIP, 0.47 WHIP, 1 BB, 10 SO, .095 BAA, .167 BABIP, 5-to-1 Inh Runners/Scored.
Who's Not: Right fielder Andrew Brown // Left-handed Reliever Tyler Norrick
Brown switched places with Jose Garcia, going from ‘Hot' to ‘Not' in just one week. He went .160/.250/.160/.410, 4-for-25 in six games, with a walk, five runs scored, one driven in and eight strikeouts. He had a .235 BABIP.
Norrick's stat line over the past
two weeks: Six game appearances, three and two-thirds innings pitched, six hits,
five runs/earned, six walks, three strikeouts, two hit batsmen, 12.26 ERA, 8.10
FIP, 3.27 WHIP, .353 BAA, .273 BABIP and a 0.50:1 K/BB ratio. Norrick is apparently on his way to
How They Stack Up:
Third baseman Matt Carpenter and
his .337 batting average are back on top this week, ahead of
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The Cardinals went from sixth to
fifth in FIP this week with an improvement from 4.33 to 4.28. Their 1.36 WHIP is unchanged from the
last report but their ranking slipped one because
Chart records standings
The Cardinals began their six-game
road trip in fine style by sweeping last place
David Kopp allowed two runs,
earned, on six hits and a walk in seven and one-third innings as
The Cardinals lost the opening
game against third-place San Antonio (25-32, South Division) 6-5 as reliever
Blake King got both the blown save and his third loss of the season. Arquimedes Nieto was mediocre in five
innings, allowing six hits and three walks that resulted in four runs, two
earned. Left fielder Aaron Luna hit
a bases-clearing triple with the sacks jammed and two outs in the eighth to put
The Cardinals outslugged the
Missions to take the rubber game of the series 10-6.
The Race to the Play-offs:
Northwest Arkansas clinched the
first-half play-off slot and will play the winner of the second-half in the
first round of the play offs. If
they also win the second-half title, then they play the team with the best
overall record within their division.
Currently, that team would be
Below is a chart displaying the main contenders' remaining 13 games:
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|Arkansas||26 - 31||3||3||4||0||0||3|
|Tulsa||32 - 25||0||4||3||3|
|Springfield||32 - 25||0||3||4||0|
Looking at the respective
Northwest Arkansas heads to
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