It just keeps getting better. First the really bad news. Chris Carpenter will be having season ending Tommy John surgery. So the best case scenario, he is back this time in 08. But that is best case scenario. I really hope the Cardinals go into the offseason with plans that Carpenter will not be back at all next season. What makes this really tough is the big dollar extension Carpenter got. That is a lot of money, for a team that hasn’t spent money of late, on the DL.
In memory of Harry Chiti, can Mike Maroth be his own player to be named later? He got shelled tonight. After his first start against the Mets, Maroth has really stunk it up. Tonight he gave up 10 runs on 11 hits in 5 IP. The lone bright spot was Brendan Ryan who went 2 for 2 and is now hitting .313. Jimmy Ballgame made his return from the DL.
A lot of chatter on the net from Bernies’ article on LaRussa. Great analysis from Larry over at VEB. But that’s nothing new. It just really seems that LaRussa is more interested in picking a fight with the media than getting his team to play better. But then again, as Larry points out, he hasn’t minded fueding with his players in the media either.
As far as a replacement for LaRussa, I believe Springfield’s Pop Warner could be the darkhorse. I emailed Kary Booher, of the Springfield News-Leader, and asked him to share his thoughts, and here was his response:
“To answer your question about Pop, well, I dunno. Like you, I’ve read and heard about Luhnow possibly replacing Jocketty one of these days. I believe Ken Rosenthal, on that weekly Baseball Report on FSN, mentioned that last month. The consensus is that Jocketty will leave after next season. He’s a good baseball man and probably will be given the courtesy of seeing his contract through, especially after all the success he has had in St. Louis.
That said, I’m not sure if Luhnow would annoint Warner the manager of the big-league club so soon. Warner is beloved by many in the organization, but it might be better for him to spend some time at Triple-A with Rasmus and Co. and then climb into the big leagues as a skipper. I’m thinking a good bridge between La Russa and Warner would be Jim Riggleman, who is now the field coordinator in thesystem and was once a Herzog assistant. If not him, I don’t know. Pettini has been a good bench coach and could run the club in a transitional phase. In either case, maybe Warner could serve as an assistant and then graduate to manager. There are so many variables.
But it is a good topic of conversation.”
Thanks to Kary for his reply. If you are a Cardinal fan, you have to read his work daily.
Baseball Prospectus rated the Cardinals’ Bryan Anderson as the second best catching prospect in baseball. Here is what Kevin Goldstein has to say: Anderson had a very good year in 2006, batting .302/.377/.417 in his Midwest League full-season debut, but nobody saw him as the kind of talent that would be ready for a two-level jump to the Texas League. As it turned out, not only was he ready, but he’s now ranked second in the circuit’s batting race. Defensively, Anderson is neither plus nor deficient in any area, but it’s his bat that’ll keep getting him promoted. That said, Anderson’s primary value as a hitter comes from his batting average. He’s an aggressive, contact-oriented hitter who attacks balls early, with a slicing swing that isn’t designed much for power or power potential. Anderson is a very good prospect doing very well while being young for the level, but it’s easier to see him developing into that rare catcher who fits in the number two spot of a lineup than his developing into a true impact hitter.
Memphis 1 Oklahoma (Rangers) 7
The Redbirds had 1 hit. This is my only thought:
Springfield 1 Wichita (Royals) 0
The Cardinals got their only run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Casey Rowlett. Bryan Anderson and Jose Martinez had 2 hits each. Kyle McClellan got the win in relief and still has not been scored on since being promoted. Chris Perez picked up save number 25 while walking 1 and striking out 2 in the ninth.
Palm Beach 2 Jupiter (Marlins) 4
P.J. Walters had a great performance, giving up 1 run on 6 hits with 9 Ks in 7 innings. Luke Gregerson gave up 3 in the top of the ninth for his 3rd blown save and 2nd consecutive rough outing. Brandon Yarbrough had a hit and a pair of RBIs.
Quad Cities 4 Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3
The Swing roughed up highly regarded prospect, Clayton Kershaw for 4 runs in 6 innings. Kershaw was still able to strikeout 9. Clayton Mortenson made his Quad Cities debut and had a so-so first outing. The supplemental first round pick gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and struckout 6 in 4 innings. The bullpen threw 5 scoreless with Kyle Sadlowski getting the win and Kenny Maiques picking up his 22nd save. Christian Lopez had 2 hits including a HR. Tony Cruz and Christian Reyes each had 2 hits.
Here is a really nice Q and A with Mortenson over at Baseball America.
Batavia and Tri City (Astros) were rained out.
Johnson City played a split venue, day/night doubleheader.
Johnson City 3 Greeneville (Astros) 0 in Game 1
Tyler Leach and Chuckie Fick combined on a 3 hit shutout. Beau Riportella was 3-4 and is now hitting .402. PROMOTE HIM!!
Johnson City 5 Greeneville 4
Casey Mulligan hit a 3-run shot in the first to get things going. Travis Mitchell had 3 hits to raise his average to .321. Johnson City pitching gave up 3 HRs.
I should have a Friday update but then the weekend will be up in the air. On Saturday morning we are heading to Mississippi to see the Mississippi Braves take on the Jacksonville Suns. We needed a dog sitter and Michael Vick volunteered to do it for free! Can you believe that a multimillionaire would have such an interest in dogs? I wonder what they would do….
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