Current Record: 36–28
Current Standing: Third, three games behind Northwest
Norrick's promotion appears to be
a case of ‘It Helps to be a Lefty' as he did not pitch well at all while in
Tuesday, August 31st – Catcher Nick Derba activated from the Temporary Inactive List; Catcher Tony Cruz called up to Triple-A Memphis
Cruz was activated on the
30th and started for
The Texas League announced their post-season All-Star squad and three Cardinals were named: Catcher Steven Hill, third baseman Matt Carpenter and pitcher David Kopp. The post-season squad combines players from both divisions and only 19 were named. The Springfield Cardinals' press release.
Three current Cardinals and two recently-promoted ones have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League. They are starting pitcher Brian Broderick, reliever Blake King and shortstop Pete Kozma along with now-Memphis Redbirds, catcher Tony Cruz and outfielder Adron Chambers. link
Andrew Brown was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week August 23rd through 29th. During that period Brown went .438/.625/1.188/1.813, 7-for-16, with a double, a triple, four home runs and six walks against five strikeouts. This is his second Player of the Week honor as he was the Player of the Week for April 12th through 18th.
Pete Kozma's defense has taken a definite upturn and he has not been charged with an error in over two weeks. This is part of a trend as Kozma was charged with 22 errors through the first 70 games of the season and just 12 in the last (38-33)
- Per the News-Leader on 8/28/10, Kozma charged with 22 errors through 70 games covering the first-half of the season and just 12 in the last 64 games.
On a disheartening note, Tuesday's
News-Leader reports that manager Pop
Warner has expressed doubts that Tommy Pham will return this year after he
underwent a second x-ray. Pham was
hitting .390 since his July 3rd promotion from
While Pete Kozma led in at bats and games played, the lead in the rest of the offensive categories was primarily split between either Andrew Brown or Matt Carpenter. Brown led in slugging percentage and OPS while Carpenter tied Kozma in games played and led in batting average, on-base-percentage and best walks-per-plate-appearance average. Xavier Scruggs had the fewest strikeouts-per-plate-appearance average at 3.3 and Nick Derba had the best ISO.
Now for the August 2010 pitching stats:
The team leader in each category is bolded, minimum five innings pitched. The team leader in Hits, Strikeouts and Walks is calculated based on their average-per-nine innings pitched which is not listed on either chart. Reliever Jason Buursma led in four categories: fewest hits (3.4/9 IP), Earned Run Average (0.67), WHIP (0.60) and Batting Average Against (.114). Buursma averaged 0.90 walks-per-nine-innings-pitched. Reliever Ramon Delgado had the best walks-per-nine-innings-pitched average (0.60) and best Strikeouts-to-Walks ratio at 15:1. Delgado averaged 10.1 strikeouts every nine innings which was second only to team leader Blake King's 12.2 average. Interestingly, Buursma, Delgado and King all pitched 13.1 innings in August. Starter Brian Broderick logged the most innings for the month at 42.1.
Who's Hot: Right fielder/first baseman Andrew Brown // Right-handed starter Brian Broderick
Andrew Brown bounced back from last week's mini-slump that garnered him the ‘Not' mention to notch his third ‘Hot' notice in the past four weeks. Brown went .381/.552/.952/1.504, 8-for-21 in seven games, with four home runs, eight walks, a stolen base, six runs scored and six driven in and six strikeouts for the week ending August 31st. He played three games in right, two at first and was the designated hitter twice. Brown had a .364 BABIP.
Brian Broderick began the week
with a complete game victory of first-place Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday and
finished his week by defeating last-place
Who's Not: Third baseman Matt Carpenter, outfielder Daryl Jones and shortstop Pete Kozma // Southpaw starter Ryan Kulik
Matt Carpenter's string of three straight weeks of ‘Hot' was broken this week as he plunged into the freezer. Carpenter went .138/.138/.276/.414, 4-for-29, with two triples, nine strikeouts and a .200 BABIP. Daryl Jones went .190/.292/.190/.482, 4-for-21 in six games, with two walks, three strikeouts and a .222 BABIP. Pete Kozma joined Brown in the ‘Hot' to ‘Not' slide by going .120/.267/.160/.427, 3-for-25 in seven games, with a double, five walks, seven strikeouts and a .167 BABIP.
Ryan Kulik's performance this week earned him the label of the anti-Broderick. Kulik had two starts this week, like Broderick, but there the similarities end. Kulik went just four innings and gave up five runs/earned in each of his starts and took the loss in both games. Opposing batters teed off on him to the tune of a .375 batting average (.333 BABIP) and he had an 0.75 K/BB ratio.
How They Stack Up:
Matt Carpenter's frigid week at
the plate left him with a .322 average which dropped him barely behind
David Kopp's 3.13 ERA is sixth in
the league which is the only MiLB category in which a
The team charts are omitted this week due to time constraints.
Northwest Arkansas finished off
The Cardinals dropped the first of
a four-game road series against rival
The Race to the Play-offs:
|NW Arkansas||39 - 25||0||3|
|Arkansas||27 - 37||0||3||3||0|
|Tulsa||37 - 27||0||3||3||0|
|Springfield||36 - 28||3||0|
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