First of all, what’s up with Johnson’s hair? He needs to worry about pitching not changing his hair color and changing numbers. I wrote the following rant before Wainwright went out and pitched eight one-hit innings. Aaron Miles must feel like a tool. What is ridiculous is that this was game #62 and this is the first time a Cardinals’ pitcher has gone 8 innings all year.
After seeing the Brad Thompson meltdown on Monday night, I got to thinking what most Cardinal fans are thinking right now, where is Anthony Reyes? Oh, he is just beating the top pitching prospect in the minors right now, Yovani Gallardo. Everyone with half a clue in Redbird Nation knows that Reyes can be very special at times. His performances last year against the White Sox and in Game 1 of the WS are proof. Is he a true Number 1? I think the verdict is out on that and personally I see him as a solid 2 or 3. A few days ago, Larry at VEB showed how Reyes is just as good and is actually better in most categories than any other member of the rotation excluding Braden Looper, yet he is the one sent down to work on his game. But the biggest reason Reyes was 0-8 is the fact that Reyes was getting 1.79 runs a game compared to Braden Loopers’ 4 runs a game. That is a big difference. Maybe he doesn’t like throwing the 2-seamer and I can understand LaDunc expecting their staff to pitch their way, but come on, this staff lacks talent and its most talented member is in the minors. It seems Bernie has the same thoughts as I do and you can read what he has to say here.
Now, lets take this rotation as a whole. It stinks. That’s news to no one. We lost 3 starters to free agency and one to surgery and the Cards were not proactive to replace them. I am going to let the Cardinals off the hook because Jason Marquis had worn out his welcome and Weaver was given a more than fair offer to return. But Suppan, we let him out of town because the Cards had a value on him that was far less than the Brewers’ value. Okay, fine. Most people don’t see Suppan as a $40 million pitcher. But you better have quality arms in the farm system to replace the players that price themselves off your team. That is where Walt Jocketty is to blame. He has been overseeing this farm system now for 10 years and this organization has produced 1 quality starter, Dan Haren. 1 in 10 years. Remember Matt Morris was drafted in 1995 before Walt and the boys came to town. If you don’t want to pay the big bucks for free agent pitchers, you have to develop your own pitching, and that is something the Cardinals have not done during the Jocketty/LaRussa era.
Memphis fell to Nashville (Brewers), 6-5. Blake Hawksworth gave up 4 runs on on 5 hits, including 2 HRs, and struckout 5 in 6 innings of work. Troy Percival only got through 0.2 innings while giving up a run, a hit, and 3 walks. NIck Stavinoha had a nice night going 3-5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. JRod was 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. With Duncan struggling so mightily, maybe its time to give JRod a chance. Former Cardinal Luther Hackman picked up the save for the Sounds.
Springfield shutout Wichita (Royals), 2-0. Joe Mather continues his hot hitting going 2-4 with a solo HR. Sean Danielson was 0-3 but had an RBI. Bryan Anderson had 2 hits and his average is approaching .300 again. Colby Rasmus was 0-4 and his now hitting .267. Eric Haberer was impressive going 6.1 innings, giving up only 4 hits but he did walk 4. Nick Webber pitched 1.1 innings allowing a hit and getting a strikeout. Jason Motte picked up his third save with 2 Ks and a walk in the ninth.
Palm Beach fell to Jupiter (Marlins), 6-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Mark Hamilton drove in the only Cardinal runs on a 2-run blast. Jose Martinez and A.J. Van Slyke each had 2 hits. Allen Craig was 1-3. Tyler Norrick pitched a 6 inning complete game. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks and struckout 5. Norrick is 6-5 on the year with a 3.20 ERA.
In Game 2, Palm Beach came out on top of a pitcher’s duel, 1-0. Robert Ranson gave up 1 hit and 1 walk in 4 innings of work. Jon Mikrut got the win, pitching a perfect inning. Luke Gregorson picked up a 2 inning save, his 14th. He gave up 2 hits and had 2 Ks. A.J. Van Slyke had 2 more hits and drove in the only run. Brandon Yarbrough also contributed 2 hits. Allen Craig was 1-3, again, and Mark Hamilton went 0-3.
Quad Cities fell to Wisconsin (Mariners), 5-2. Elvis Hernandez gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. Kyle Sadlowski had a good outing, striking out 3 in 2 scoreless innings. P.J. Walters gave up 1 run and struckout 5 in 3.1 innings. Wilmer Alvardo was behind the plate and responded 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Luke Gorsett and Brandon Buckman each had a hit.
Blake Dewitt was 2-4 with a solo HR and 2 runs scored.
Former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer had an outstanding night in his second professional start. In his second start with Visalia Scherzer threw 7 perfect innings before leaving because he’d reached his pitch count. He struck out 13. Arizona got some slack for giving him big $$ right before the draft, but so far he has proven worthy, in 12 innings he’s now allowed two hits, no walks and has struck out 21.
Second round pick David Kopp had this written about him over at Baseball America right before the draft.
Article on Thomas Eager the Cardinals’ Fifth Round pick can be found here.
Here is an interview with 13th Round choice Steven Hill.
I did not realize that SS Oliver Marmol had been drafted by the Pirates in the 31st Round in 2004.
An article about what 14th Round Choice Josh Dew was doing during the draft.
17th round choice Matt Arburr is discussed in this article in his local paper.
Eight Springfield Cardinals were selected for the Texas League All-Star Game. Four of the eight are tabbed to start, as Joe Mather will be at first base, Colby Rasmus in center field, Bryan Anderson at catcher and Juan Richardson at Designated Hitter. Jarrett Hoffpauir will be the infield reserve while Sean Danielson has been selected as the outfield reserve. Pitchers Chris Perez and Jaime Garcia will also represent Springfield, most likely working out of the bullpen.