Cardinals-Pirates: Mike Parisi Subpar in Spot Start

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2008

He was probably nervous. Who wouldn't be in their debut for a team with such a storied franchise as the St. Louis Cardinals?

Mike Parisi was rocked in his first start Saturday against the Pirates, as the Cardinals lost 14-4.

He had been slotted in for the start because Joel Pineiro was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. The rookie allowed eight runs on eight hits in only 2 and 2/3 innings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were extremely efficient in how they scored their runs as they took advantage of a wounded lion in the Cardinals. Coming off back-to-back stellar starts by Wainwright and Wellemeyer, the Cardinals knew this game was going to be a challenge.

After the first out of the game was recorded, Parisi allowed the next four batters to get on base. All four would come around to score. He pitched the next inning without incident, but the Pirates had already made the rookie pitch 50 pitches.

Plenty of looks for any MLB team to recognize any pitchers ins and outs.

The third inning would spell the end for Parisi as he gave up two walks and two singles. He was lifted in favor of reliever Kelvin Jimenez, who consequently gave up a grand slam to Luis Rivas.

That would not be the only home run Jimenez would give up. Freddy Sanchez and Ronny Paulino both hit two-run homes run off of the Cardinal reliever.

It was definitely a night to forget. However, Albert Pujols yet again did his part, going 2-for-3 to continue to show that he can even hit during blowouts. A Troy Glaus citing in the second inning put the Cardinals on the board with a solo shot.

Not many people outside of the Cardinals organization know much about Mike Parisi. So I will try and give a small background on the promising 25 year-old right-hander.

Born in Huntington, New York, Mike Parisi was drafted by the Cardinals in June 2004 in the 9th round. He played his college baseball for the Manhattan Jaspers.

On November 27, 2007, Parisi was added to the 40-man roster to keep him from being lost in the Rule 5 draft. The rule aimed to keep teams from stockpiling young players in their minor league organizations from teams who would be willing to play them in the majors

He made his MLB debut in a relief appearance on May 5 of this year against the Colorado Rockies. He pitched a scoreless inning while striking out Matt Herges.

Obviously, the Cardinals saw something great in this young prospect. It may not have turned into a memorable starting debut on Saturday, but let's hope this learning experience can solidify Mike's resolve.