The Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of, you guessed it….the St Louis Cardinals are in town at Riders Field to start a new six-game series against the Frisco RoughRiders.
They bring along their 22-38 record which is good for last place (5th) in the Double-A Central North. They have a 6-4 record in the their last 10-games with a two-game losing streak. The RoughRiders still maintain their hold on first place but they’re on the wrong end of a streak with a three-game losing streak.
Here’s a look at how the teams stack up against each other with some of the team stats.
The pitching match-ups:
- Tues: RHP Ronny Henriquez (1-1, 6.04)
- Wed: LHP Jake Latz
- Thurs: Hans Crouse
- Fri: Yerry Rodriguez
- Sat: TBD
- Sun: TBD
Top Cardinals players
Catcher Ivan Herrera is the # 3 ranked prospect in the Cardinals farm system. Over his last 10-games he is hitting .219/.364/.344 with 1 home run, 11 RBI, 9 walks and 7 strikeouts.
3rd Baseman Malcom Nunez is their # 13 ranked prospect. He just played his 1st AA game on June 30th and slashing a line of .250/.333/.375/.708 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 6 walks and 16 strikeouts.
Luken Baker is ranked # 14 and hitting .212/.289/.415/.703 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 25 walks and 69 strikeouts in his 57 games.
Right-hander, Andre Pallante is the highest ranked pitcher at # 20 on the Cardinals roster. In 13 starts, he has a 3-3 record with a 3.10 earned run average. He’s issued 32 walks and struckout 50 batters in his 58 innings pitched.
RoughRiders players to watch
There will be at least two new faces in Frisco in Catcher Sam Huff, who is on a rehab assignment and pitcher Cole Ragans who was just promoted from High-A Hickory. So obviously all eyes will be on the Huff and Ragans. You can add Nick Snyder in there as well.
Bubba Thompson just had a 15-game on-base streak come to an end but he has put together a solid season. Health has always been the key for him and continues to be so. Over the season he has slashed .272/.340/.464/.805 with 7 home runs, 28 RBI, 19 walks and 65 strikeouts.
You always have to keep an eye on the teams home run leader. Josh Stowers leads the team in home runs with 11 on the season. In May he hit for an average of .069 and raised that to .268 in June with his 8 home runs that month. His batting average has cooled a little in July at .222 with two home runs. Look for him to heat up again against the Cardinals pitching staff.
Cole Winn has just been dominant on the mound. He leads the Double-A in WHIP at 0.75 and a .115 BAA.
Hans Crouse has looked pretty good in his last couple of outings. Especially consider he’s working on a couple of pitches. The start before last, Crouse had a no-hitter until the 6th inning.
Tuesday is once again Eric Nadel’s Tuesday tunes this one featuring live music from Keelan Donovan and $2 beer.
Wednesday is Weiner Wednesday so those hot dogs will be on sale from 6-8 for $2.
Thursday is thirsty Thursday where you can find drink specials beyond the outfield and Truly Party at the yard.
Friday is post-game fireworks and also Christmas in July with a Tshirt giveaway.
Saturday is Whataburger food Bank night, Strikeout Cancer and also post-game fireworks.
Sunday is Bark in the Park so bring your fur baby and be sure to bring plenty of water for them. You’ll have to sit out on the berm but the only thing better than man’s best friend and baseball is the sunset view you’ll get. Kids also run the bases post-game on Sundays.