The Cardinals fell in extra innings, but Mike Maroth was super in his Cardinal debut. Maroth gave up only 1 run on 2 hits in 7.1 innings pitched. Maroth also picked off 2 Met baserunners. It was nice to see the Cardinals in a pitchers duel. Even though the Cards lost, Maroth seems to give them a chance each time he pitches.
Derrick Gould has an insightful article about new Cardinal pitcher, Mike Maroth. From what Gould presents, Maroth must be a really good guy. Per Goold: A total of 20,000 food items each year is donated by 20 major-league teams to homeless because of Maroth. He learned of the Rock and Wrap It Up! program in an article and, four years ago, he and his wife Brooke began taking the leftover food from the Tigers’ post-game clubhouse spread to Detroit area homeless shelters. According to an article in The Detroit Free Press, the Tigers now donate all of their uneaten clubhouse food to the homeless. That can be as much as 6,000 meals a season. Maroth then spread the word when he traveled from ballpark to ballpark.
Seems like a really classy guy. Here is Maroth’s website, www.marothbaseball.com.
Bryan Burwell calls the Cards out to go get Mark Beurhle. He mentions a rumor that I had heard, the Cards have offered Anthony Reyes, John Rodriguez, and a prospect. Burwell says the Cards should offer catching prospect, Bryan Anderson, if need be. Even though I love Anderson’s bat, if that is what it takes to make the deal, I say do it.
If the Cards were to get Beurhle and Mark Mulder returns healthy in 08, there would be no running on this team. With Maroth now in the mix, the Cards would have the top 3 pitchers with the most pickoffs since 02. With Yadi behind the plate, the running game would be nonexistent.
Troy Percival is supposed to be activated today. That will give the Cardinals four members of the 2002 Anaheim Angels World Championship team.
Joe Mather had a hit and the lone RBI in the Memphis loss. Rick Ankiel added 2 more hits for the Redbirds. Toma Ohka was better in his second start, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 8 innings of work. Still nothing to write home about. Ohka produced a bit more zip on his fastball and surpassed the Redbirds’ expectations by throwing 120 pitches. But his slightly speedier fastball still only averaged 85 mph. He is expected to make 1-2 more starts before the Cards’ brass makes a decision.
Seems Joe Mather’s recent success is not due to working on his swing, but the fact he quit tinkering with it.
Springfield was off due to the All-Star break. The game is on Tuesday night. Here is an article on the Cards’ closer of the future, Chris Perez.
Jarret Hoffpauir was the Texas League Offensive Player of the week. Hoffpauir hit safely in all seven games he played to raise his average 32 points to .341, the second-highest mark in the league. The second baseman turned 24 years old on Monday, and celebrated by collecting a pair of hits. He bashed his fifth home run of the season a day later, and went 3-for-4 on both Thursday and Sunday.
Springfield’s Bryan Anderson discusses being selected to the Futures Game over at Milb.com.
Adam Ottavino pitched 8 shutout innings for Palm Beach. Ottavino struckout 7. Brandon Buckman had a hit to get his average up to .250. Jon Jay had a hit, a run, and a SB in his rehab assignment.
Johnson City had 9 errors and 5 in 1 inning on Monday. I don’t care what level it is, that is bad baseball.
Props to erik over at Future Birds to giving me the heads up on the Cardinals signing Southern Illinois Miners’ 1B Tim Dorn. The guy is huge, 6’8, and has tremendous power. I have seen the guy play twice and the second time I saw him, over at Rent One Park, he pulled a ball about 400 feet. He is going to be assigned to the Quad Cities. Here is his reaction…
Tommy Pham had 2 hits, including a triple, for Batavia. He is hitting .368 so far this season. Which still isn’t as good as Steven Hill and his .464 average. Jon Stambaugh has yet to give up a run in his first 7 innings.
For those of you still disgusted by the Mulder trade, I know it hurts you to see Haren having so much success. But remember Daric Barton, the prospect that went along with Haren? He is number 1 on this week’s Baseball America Hot Sheet.
Per BA: Despite splitting time between his natural position of first base and the new-this-year third base, Barton has flat-out hit this season, his second with the River Cats. The 21-year-old Barton led all PCL batters in average (.680), hits (17) and runs (nine), while finishing second in doubles (five) and on-base percentage (.667).
If those credentials don’t impress you, check out Barton’s June numbers: .512/.549/.732 with 13 doubles.
Drafted as a catcher by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2003 draft–and subsequently traded to the A’s for Mark Mulder–Barton has had his growing pains at the hot corner. An average defender at first base, Barton has committed nine errors in 17 games (.816) at third base.
Memphis’ Blake Hawksworth made the Not So Hot Sheet. More on his recent struggles thanks to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
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