Cardinals at RoughRiders for a 3-game series

The RoughRiders get back to work today with a 3-game series against the Springfield Cardinals (Cardinals).

The Springfield Cardinals have a 26-30 record in the 2nd half. The RoughRiders are at 27-28 and within half a game of both the Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) and the Midland RockHounds (Athletics). There are 11 games left until post-season elimination for the RoughRiders. Every game is important.

Tyler Phillips, photo by The Prospect Times

Game 1: Tue. 8/20 7:05 pm

Weather forecast: 🌤️ High: 100° Low: 79°

RoughRiders

SP: Tyler Phillips, RHP (5-9, 5.52)

Last game 8/13: 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 SO, 79 pitches against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Tyler Phillips is one of my favorite pitchers in Frisco. He wears the stirrups and throws strikes. He breezed through Down East on his way to Frisco. In 37.2 innings he walked 6, struck out 28 and had a WHIP of 0.903 in Down East. Things in Frisco haven’t come quite as easy. In 75 innings, his ERA is 5.52 and he has walked only 15 and struck out 58.

Right handed batters have hit for an average of .264 with an OBP of .304, SLG .456 and OPS .761.

Left-handed batters are hitting for a .247 AVG, .285 OBP, .405 SLG and a .690 OPS.

Cardinals

SP: Tommy Parsons, RHP (4-4, 4.86)

Last game 8/14: 4.1 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 SO, 89 pitches against the Tulsa Drillers.

For the year Right-handed batters have an average of 241, OBP .267, SLG .436 and OPS of .702

Left-handed batters have an average of .218, OBP .253, SLG .405 and a .657 OPS.

Jonathan Hernández, photo by The Prospect Times

Game 2: Wed. 8/21 at 7:05 pm

Forecast: 🌤️ High: 99° Low: 79°

RoughRiders

SP: Jonathan Hernández, RHP (5-9, 5.16)

Last game 8/16: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 SO, 45 pitches against the Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Jonathan Hernández is one of my favorite RoughRiders. Who am I kidding, I like them all but seriously, he is one of my favorites. It may be a down year for him but the guy competes. Hernández has been moved to the bullpen as of late but can be used an opener as well. He was sharp in his last outing with a WHIP of an even 1.00.

Right-handed batters have a average of
.243, OBP .324, SLG .376 and OPS of .699 on the year.

Left-handed batters have an average of
.290, OBP .360, SLG .487 and OPS of .847 on the year.

Cardinals

SP: Evan Kruczynski, LHP (2-8, 5.77)

Last game 8/15: 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 SO, 69 pitches against the Tulsa Drillers.

Right-handed batters: .302 AVG, OBP .370, SLG .478, OPS .849

Left-handed batters: .277AVG, OBP .372, SLG .397, OPS .769


Game 3: Thu. 8/22 7:05 pm

Forecast: 🌤️ High: 98° Low: 78°

RoughRiders

SP: Collin Wiles, RHP (0-3, 8.05)

Last game 8/15: 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 SO, 59 pitches against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

I’ve seen others like, Bahr, Phillips and Hernández multiple times but I haven’t seen Wiles.

Wiles came from the Arizona League to Down East to Frisco this year. He has not pitched more than 3.2 innings in Frisco.

Right-handed batters: .301 AVG, OBP .348, SLG .482, OPS .830

Left-handed batters: .246 AVG, OBP .343, SLG .368, OPS .712

Cardinals

SP: Angel Rondo, RHP (5-4, 3.15)

Last game 8/16: 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 SO, 97 pitches against the Arkansas Travelers.

Right-handed batters: AVG .231, .293 OBP, .359 SLG, .652 OPS

Left-handed batters: .194 AVG, .286 OBP, .265 SLG , .551 OPS

The RoughRiders need to take care of business during this last homestand as a spot in the post-season is on the line. Who do you think wins this series with the Cardinals at RoughRiders?

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