July 2, 2008

Redbird Ramblings -- July 2, 2008

Colby Rasmus has been added to the Futures Game roster. He joins three other Cardinals who've made the grade: Jess Todd, Bryan Anderson, and Jaime Garcia.

Albert Pujols is still on Cardinal Nation's watch list for milestones: 300th career home run.

Brett Wallace secured a $1.84 million signing bonus and is reported to Low-A Quad Cities today. Wallace is to start his duties as a third baseman. He has stated in multiple interviews that he is relieved to have the "business" matters taken care off (meaning contract) and is anxious to get to the baseball playing aspect. He took batting practice with the Cardinals' players as an audience, admitting later that he was nervous on his first swings, but settled down when the players starting talking to him in a supportive manner.

Standings: The Cardinals remain 2.5 games out in second place, the Brewers two games behind them and the Cubs in first place.

Thieves to watch: 4thebirds never gets stat-heavy, but a quick scouring of the Cards/Mets numbers revealed at least one area of concern. Steals: The Mets are successful thieves, the Cards are not. The Mets have more than doubled the amount of Cardinals' steals at 78 to 35. While Cesar Izturis, Brendan Ryan, and Skip Schumaker have a paltry six thefts apiece, Jose Reyes of the Mets has more than the Redbirds' leaders combined at 28. Other notable Mets base stealers are Luis Castillo (13), Carlos Beltran (11), and David Wright (8).

Category 7: Not an off-the-scale hurricane rating, but close. Albert Pujols lead the Cards in seven of 15 tracked categories for offense as of today.

Nick Stavinoha has returned to his hot-hitting ways with the Memphis Redbirds, according to the Memphis Commerical Appeal. He went 2-for-4 in his first game back, has hit safely in 22 or his last 25 games, and is currently the #4 hitter in the Pacific Coast League.

Coach Dan Bilardello has a lot of good things to say about how hard Triple-A Memphis Redbirds' catcher Bryan Anderson works. Bilardellow told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that Anderson is the type of player that has to get in a lot of work behind the plate, both in games and practicing techniques and skills. The catching coach explained that it isn't as if Anderson isn't a good catcher, but simply that he must maintain his workouts, as that is how he has improved.

photo by Chet Novak