The deadline has passed and the Cardinals were not involved in any trades, so the farm system remains the same as it was 24 hours ago. Bernie has an article about the Cardinals posture at the trading deadline. He uses a bit of a tortured metaphor in comparing prospects in the farm system to cheetah cubs and finishes the article with this:
If Mozeliak must pass up reasonable, non-crazy trades to protect the cheetah cubs that are tucked away in the thick brush, I just hope DeWitt and Luhnow are as smart as they think they are. I hope all of these STL prospects are as dynamic as advertised.
I don’t know what the standings will look like in 2011.
I don’t know if the Cardinals will have a chance to win in 2012.
But I can see the 2008 standings and I do know this: The Cardinals have a chance to win now.
This is the type of thinking that had me worried for the last couple of weeks. The Cardinals are set up far better to make a move next year than they are this year. Just because they’ve overachieved this season and are a fringe playoff contender doesn’t mean we should scrap the bigger picture plan.
The system had another full slate (I was just about blogged out after putting together last night’s DFR with eight games) and finished 4-2. All the details are after the jump.
Memphis 6, Fresno 4 (UPDATED)
- David Freese hit his nineteenth homer of the year. He was 2-5 on the night and has put up a .296/.347/.530 line on the season.
- Josh Phelps’ homer streak continues – he was only 1-5, but the one hit went over the fence.
- Brian Barton also went deep and was 2-5 on the night.
- Jon Jay was 2-3 with a pair of walks.
- Tyler Greene was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
- John Wasdin started and gave up three runs over five innings on six hits and three walks. He struck out five.
- Matthew Scherer and Ron Flores each pitched a scoreless inning.
- Mark Worrell gave up a run on a pair of hits in two thirds of an inning and then Chris Perez came to the rescue and pitched the final 1.1 innings flawlessly, striking out a pair.
- Justin Fiske was absolutely dominant. He only gave up one hit and one walk over seven innings (no hitter through five) and he struck out nine.
- Luke Gregerson pitched the final two innings to preserve the combined shutout. He allowed three hits and struck out three.
- Isaias Garcia was 2-3 out of the DH spot.
- Brandon Yarbrough was 1-2 with a double and a walk.
- Andrew Brown was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
- James Rapoport tripled.
- Daniel Descalso was 3-3 with a double, a stolen base and a walk.
- Brian Cartie was 1-4 with a double.
- Brandon Buckman was 2-3 with a walk.
- Matthew Arburr was 0-4 with a walk and four strikeouts. He has really struggled since being promoted to Palm Beach (and really, his numbers at Quad Cities weren’t that great).
- Mark Diapoules had a pretty solid start (except for a little wildness). He gave up one run on four hits and three walks over five innings while striking out five.
- Elvis hernandez pitched a scoreless inning.
- Wayne Daman struggled over two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks.
- The Casey Mulligan experience hit a speed bump tonight. He pitched 1.1 innings, giving up the winning run in the tenth inning on a hit and three walks. He struck out three.
- Lance Lynn made his first start at Quad Cities and it was a successful one. He went five innings, allowing five hits including a solo home run for the only run he allowed. He also walked one and struck out three.
- Lynn was followed by Matt Spade, who gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work.
- Eduardo Sanchez followed with two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while striking out two.
- JD Stambaugh pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up the win.
- Pete Kozma was 1-3 with a two-run home run.
- Adron Chambers and Tommy Pham were each 2-4.
- D’Marcus Ingram was 1-3 with a walk.
- The offense came from the bottom of the order tonight, as the 6-7-8 hitters combined to go 6-11.
- Frederick Parejo was the #6 hitter and went 2-4 with a double.
- Charles Cutler was the #7 hitter and went 2-3 with a double and a walk.
- Xavier Scruggs was the #8 hitter and went 2-4 with a pair of doubles.
- Joshua Hester was the starting pitcher and has an odd looking line for the night: 4.2 innings pitched, five runs, four earned, seven hits, a walk and six strikeouts.
- Two of Hester’s runs were given up under Daniel Richardson‘s watch. He didn’t have any earned runs himself in his 1.1 innings, but he gave up a single and a walk in allowing two inherited runners to score.
- Hector Cardenas pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three.
- Adam Reifer got the save for pitching a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
- Non-Cardinal Note: 1st overall pick, Tim Beckham went 4-5 with 2 doubles tonight.
- Travis Mitchell and Osvaldo Morales hit home runs for Johnson City. Mitchell went 2-4 and Morales was 1-4.
- Alex Castellanos and Jack Cawley were each 2-4, Castellanos also doubled and stole two bases.
- Brett Lilley was 3-5, but was caught attempting to steal.
- Edgar Lara was 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Matthew North got the start and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over four innings.
- Joel Pichardo relived North and was worse, giving up three runs in only an inning.
- Brett Zawacki followed and, although he struck out five batters in 3.2 innings, he was as bad as the earlier pitchers, giving up four runs on four hits.
- Jose Mateo recorded the final out without allowing a run.
[Note: This DFR was authored in the comfort of my brand new Future Redbirds "The Walrus" long sleeved t-shirt]