Dayn Perry calls the Cardinals winners at the non-waiver trade deadline for their non-move.
The Cards have an improving farm system, and they wisely resisted dipping into it at the deadline. They’re very much in contention, but they recognized that the recent return of Chris Carpenter and the forthcoming return of Adam Wainwright will do more for their playoff hopes than any deal they could’ve made. Well played by John Mozeliak and company.
I concur with Dayn. I think the Cardinals probably needed an upgrade, especially in the bullpen, but there’s no need to sell the farm for a rent-a-loogy. According to Strauss, the Rox asked for a top pitching prospect (presumably Garcia or Mortensen) + Anderson for Fuentes. That’s bananas.
Correspondingly, the Cards looked from within to find their left-handed reliever and called up Jaime Garcia. Garcia had some odd reverse platoon splits-a cumulative 5.15 FIP versus southpaws; 3.18 versus righties. His groundball rate versus lefties was 39.7%; against righties- 61.6%. I have no idea why that is, but I’m not sure it’s worth reading too much into. Garcia is a nice upgrade over Randy Flores and I would think he won’t be used exclusively as a LOOGY. I’d also consider myself to be a proponent of the whole “bullpen apprenticeship” idea.
Springfield’s talented beat writer Kary Booher has headed off to greener pastures. He’ll now be writing for Baseball America. We’ll miss his stuff here at FR, but his replacement Michael Stacey picks up where he left off, with a look at new S-Card Daryl Jones.
Speaking of BA, Pete Kozma comes in at the #11 spot on this week’s Hot Sheet. They point out how Kozma has benefited since having Brett Wallace hitting behind him. Since the Walrus has joined the QC, Kozma’s hitting .337/.396/.505. Josh Phelps also is mentioned on the Hot Sheet as their “Blast from the Past” after his recent homer binge, and there’s a Freese question in the following Q and A.
Great night for the organization last night. Wins all around, from top to bottom.
- Jon Jay hit a game tying RBI triple in the 9th, and then scored what ended up being the winning run on an error. He also had a single, going 2-for-4. To top it off, he threw out a runner at home. Jay is now 7-for-15 in a Memphis uniform.
- Tyler Greene went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt.
- David Freese went 2-for-5 with a double. .879 OPS in AAA, pretty swell.
- Brian Barton homered and struck out twice in 5 ab.
- Clayton Mortensen had a decent outing. 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He threw 2 wild pitches and has 12 on the season for Memphis, seems like a bit of inordinate # but perhaps can be seen as a testament to how much movement he gets on his pitches.
- Jason Motte walked the first batter he faced, and then struck out the next three.
- Daryl “just call me tools” Jones homered and walked twice. Be still, my heart.
- Allen Craig 3-for-4, 2B. Nice way to break that off-a-month, on-a-month streak he had going.
- Isa Garcia 4-for-4, 2B. He’s making an argument for some playing time.
- James Rapoport with a rare flash of power hits a HR.
- Andrew Brown homered for his one hit in 4 AB.
- Brandon Dickson was shelled in his first AA start-5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 Er, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
- Josh Dew 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K.
- Luis Perdomo allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 1 inning with 1 K. Checking in on Anthony Reyes…pretty mediocre outing on the 29th in AAA.
- Fernando Salas 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K.
Palm Beach 6, Brevard County 4 (10 innings)
- Tyler Henley 3-for-6, 2B, SB.
- Daniel Descalso 4-for-6, 2B. Both Henley and Descalso are hitting above .300 the last 10 games.
- Charlie Kingrey 2-for-5.
- Shaun of the Dead Garceau walked 7 batters over 4.1 innings. He allowed 3 ER on 3 hits and had 5 K’s. He’s been quite the Houdini lately, with 12 walks over his last 9.1 innings pitched, yet only 3 earned runs.
- Eddie Degerman 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. I still can’t help but to root for this guy, but he’s been quite mediocre for a 24-year old in A ball.
- Elvis Hernandez 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. He blew the save but earned the W.
- Francisco Samuel 1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K. Crummy control or not, all 150 pounds of Samuel has 70 K’s in 44.2 IP and I’ve heard he can dial it up to 99. 99…from a 150 pounder.
- Today it was announced that 8 Dayton players were suspended and fined due to last week’s infamous fracas with Peoria. The Bandits decided to punish them a little more before their suspensions kick in, I guess.
- Aaron Luna went 2-for-5 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.
- Brett Wallace went 2-for-5 with a double.
- Blake Murphy homered in his 2nd game as a River Bandit. He went 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Adron Chambers turned in a great performance; he went 4-for-5 with a double, homer and a walk.
- Pete Kozma doubled and walked.
- D’Marcus Ingram went 2-for-6 with a double.
- On the pitching side, Richard Castillo was brilliant-7 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K.
- Kenny Maiques made his first second appearance since being demoted 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. I really feel for this guy. I really wish I knew the story on what’s been going wrong, because seeing him a few times pitch last year he looked great-94 MPH fastball, great slider. He’s been a huge “faller” this year.
- Shane Peterson went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. I like what Peterson is doing at the plate but my main concern is his .400 OBP is higher than his slugging %. Still seems kinda tweenerish for my tastes.
- Jermaine Curtis 1-for-3, 2 BB. Curtis has been a little more impressive with the stick than Peterson. He’s shown a better batter’s eye, better contact rate, better power and while he’s playing 3B now, he profiles more as a 2B. He’s definitely outperformed my expecatations of him based on his rough last season at UCLA.
- Jon Edwards 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB.
- Domnit Bolivar 2-for-4, 2B. 2 errors.
- Jose Garcia 2-for-5.
- Colt Sedbrook 2-for-4, 2B.
- Zach Pitts 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Pitts was sabotaged by a 4 error 8th inning.
- Arquimedes Nieto 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 cool name.
- Kevin Thomas was brilliant again, throwing 5 innings of 1 hit ball. He had no walks, 7 K’s. He now has 17 K’s to 5 BB in 20 IP, with a 3.3 ground-out to fly-out ratio and an ERA of 0.90.
- Reynier Gonzalez threw 2.2 IP-5 K, 3 BB, and only 1 hit.
- Nico Vasquez went 2-for-3 with a double. I’m sure Nico’s personal assistant and bodyguard Hardcore Legend can tell us what other interesting happenings happened to Nico throughout the day in the comments.
- Jairo Martinez was 1-for-4 with a HR.
- Alex Castellanos was hitless, but stole his 12th base.