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Who's Hot and Who's Not for Jun. 21

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 15:  Brad Thompson #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets during game four of the NLCS at Busch Stadium on October 15, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Mets won 12-5.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Gabe SimondsContributor IJune 21, 2009

Who's Hot

Brad Thompson—He is trying to keep his job when Kyle Lohse comes back, and he's doing a good job. He has picked up two wins in two starts while maintaining a 2.77 E.R.A.

Unfortunately, in the last two starts, he had three unearned runs and four walks.

Skip Schumacher—In 24 at-bats, Schumacher has batting .458 with two doubles, two RBI, eight runs scored, and four walks.

He also has only struck out once.

Albert Pujols—Pujols not only hit four homers and drove in 11 RBI, but he also managed a .444 average.

With the walks added in, he had a .565 OBP as well.

Honorable Mention—Wainwright managed two wins despite a 4.15 E.R.A., Carpenter had one great start and one mediocre one plus a 1-1 record, and Molina batted .440 with a homer.

 

Who's Not

Joel Pineiro—In two starts, he pitched decent with a 2.65 E.R.A. that does not include three unearned runs. One error caused him to lose control and, since there were two outs, all were unearned after the first run.

But, his trip here was caused by four straight losses.

Joe Thurston—After bringing Brian Barden down, Thurston went cold with a .118 average and three strikeouts in 17 at-bats. On the bright side, he scored two runs and hit a double.

Tyler Greene—He only got 13 at-bats in the middle of Khalil Greene getting brought up, but he did poorly.

He did get a double and two RBI, but managed just three hits.

Honorable Mention—Ryan Ludwig batted .235, but hit a grand slam

 

Call-ups

Early in the week, Josh Kinney got promoted to the big leagues. He started here, but in just 2.2 IP allowed four earned runs good for a 13.50 E.R.A. He has lowered it to 9.82 with a scoreless inning Thursday.

P.J. Walters was optioned back down to Memphis.

Khalil Greene was activated from the 15 day DL on Thursday. He had an anxiety disorder and was batting under .200 with just two homers. He has since hit three homers and drove in five, half of what he hit in a full month and more.

Nick Stavinoha was optioned to Memphis.

 

Minor League Report

Stock is Rising

Jess Todd—He pitched three scoreless innings, picking up a save in the process. He also struck out two while walking none.

More to the point, he is currently on a 10 IP scoreless streak.

Pete Parise—The left-handed specialist has pitched six scoreless innings, including 2.1 IP last week with four strikeouts and no hits or walks allowed.

Brett Wallace—He went .348, hitting a homer and two doubles.

He finally has broke out from his never-ending slump.

Stock is Falling

Mitchell Boggs—Not only did his main chance at big leagues (Thompson failing) not work out, but he had a 8.00 E.RA. in just nine IP in the last two weeks.

He also picked up two more losses.

Clayton Mortenson—He pitched 9.1 IP in two starts, allowing eleven earned runs, good for a 10.88 E.R.A.

He also walked a whopping EIGHT batters.

Brian Barden—He batted .150 in 20 at-bats and literally has contributed nothing but singles to the club. He has no doubles, triples, homers, RBI, Rs, or BBs.

He struck out twice as well.

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