I had a terrible day yesterday and was in no mood to watch the Cardinal’s bullpen implode for the thousandth time. But it did. So I’ve got some gripping to do.
The Cardinals are looking for a lefty, yes? Randy Flores hasn’t been a good pitcher in a couple years despite the constant talk of him as a left-handed specialist. So the Cardinals now find themselves with a lefty who is striking out batters and pitching very well in relief. What do they do? Send him to the rotation of course. I haven’t seen Fiske in person so I can’t speak to his stuff from an eye witness perspective, but his numbers are very good. A 5:1 K:BB ratio at Springfield with a FIP under 3. He’s holding lefties to a .612 OPS on the season (righties .722). Maybe he’s completely unprepared but with the absence of a second reliable left hander, I would have liked to see what he could do for the major league club before this (seemingly) random conversion to starting.
Already well known but, Garcia down and Boggs up.
Rotoworld has their midseason top 150 prospects. I’ll take Colby over the pitchers if only because it’s hard to shake TINSTAAPP from the back of my head. The ETA’s seem way off to me and I’m surprised by the inclusion of Ottavino on the tail end after all his struggles this season.
- Colby Rasmus 2-for-5 with a double. It’s quoted in the Rotoworld piece but I still have never seen anything definitive that tells me Rasmus is a slow-starter. It’s stated often (I’ve probably said it) but I’ve yet to see the data to back it up. Also, what defines a slow starter? First 50 ABs? 100? 200?
- David Freese goes 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
- D’Angelo Jimenez goes 2-for-4 with a HR.
- John Wasdin was perfect through 7 before allowing a solo shot to former Tiger Chris Shelton in the 8th. A single followed and he was pulled. He struck out 11. Wasdin’s a career minor leaguer and has had the thankless task of being the veteran in a AAA organization moving towards the young side of the spectrum. So tonight, we salute you Mr. Wasdin. Game well pitched.
- Jason Motte followed up with 2 scoreless frames striking out 5. Can’t leave things to chance.
- Jon Jay went 2-for-6.
- Allen Craig was 3-for-5 with a double and a walk.
- Cody Haerther was 2-for-5 with a walk.
- Case Rowlett was 2-for-5 with a HR and a walk.
- Pop Warner apparently wanted to use every pitcher he had on his roster. I’ll hit the highlights of the 7 different pitchers.
- Justin Fiske went 3 subpar innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 4 K. I promise I wrote the intro before checking this box score.
- Josh Dew threw 2 innings allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.
- Luke Gregerson was tagged for a run in his inning of work allowing 2 hits, 1 BB and 2 K.
- Daryl Jones was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Brian Cartie was 2-for-3.
- Brandon Dickson was smoked for 9 runs in 5 innings.
- Eddie Degermen allowed 5 runs (1 earned) in 1 inning.
- Blake King was the lone pitching bright spot. He struck out 4 in 2 innings walking just 1 and allowing a hit.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Francisco Rivera was 2-for-4.
- Nick Additon had a terrific outing marred by one at bat. He allowed a solo shot in the 4th that QC simply couldn’t overcome. Additon pitched 7 innings of one-hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 6.
- Shane Peterson was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Arquimedes Nieto had an incredibly lucky outing allowing 9 baserunners (5 hits, 4 BBs) over 5 innings but no runs. He struck out 2
- Adam Riefer pitched a scoreless inning striking out 1 while earning his 9th save.
- Nico Vasquez was 0-for-1 with 3 walks. Be still my heart.
- Paul Cruz and Edgar Lara both recorded a hit and a walk.
- Kevin Thomas allowed 3 hits and 2 walks over 4 scoreless innings. He struck out 3.
- Reynier Gonzalez struck out 5 over 2.2 innings allowing 1 ER. He walked 3 and allowed a hit.