Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – The Cardinals continued their series against Cincinnati on June 7. In an attempt to mix things up and get him over the slump he’s been in, the Cards put Carpenter in the lead-off spot. In the top of the 3rd, he hit a home run to put the Cardinals on the board and make it 1-0. The Cardinals still managed to lose 6-4, unfortunately. But the lineup change seemed to work.
On June 8, the Cardinals were done 5-0 in the 8th when Carpenter hit a 2-run homer and made it 5-2. His teammates were unable to take advantage of the momentum, and the Cardinals lost (again) 5-2, handing the Reds a series sweep.
On June 9, the Cardinals returned home to face the Phillies. Carpenter got on base in the bottom of the 3rd on an error, and was brought home by Stephen Piscotty. That made it 2-1 Phillies. The Cardinals would go on to win 3-2.
On June 10, Carpenter struggled early before hitting a double in the bottom of the 7th. That brought in Wong and Fryer, making it 6-0 St. Louis. The Cards scored one more to win 7-0.
Matt Carpenter with the bases-loaded: .588 (20-34) with 60 RBI.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 11, 2017
Carpenter currently has 44 hits, 28 runs, and 32 RBIs, including 11 home runs. He has a .220 AVG. He’ll play Philadelphia again tonight. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – Cashner faced the Nationals in Washington on Friday. This was a big test for him, as his consistency has wavered more on the road than it has at home. He pitched 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4. He also hit a single in the top of the 2nd to get on base but wasn’t able to get home before the inning ended. Then in the top of the 6th, he hit a sacrifice bunt to get Gallo to third. He got to first on an error in the top of the 7th, got to second when Choo walked, but the inning ended before he could make more of it. The Rangers won 5-2.
Rangers: Andrew Cashner Dominates Nationals https://t.co/thqYWBSXS8— twheidmusic (@twheidmusic) June 11, 2017
To Andrew Cashner on a great performance. He played better than anybody could have anticipated! We thought Washington would bully him. pic.twitter.com/uB3oy87vpA— Nolan Writin' (@NolanWritinFS) June 10, 2017
Cashner currently has an ERA of 3.17 and a WHIP of 1.39. He’s scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Houston. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
Stefan Crichton (P/Baltimore Orioles) — Crichton was called to the Orioles on June 9. He joined them against the Yankees in New York. On June 9, he pitched the last out of the 7th inning and stayed through the 8th. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in just over an inning pitched. He walked 1 and didn’t strike anyone out. The Orioles lost 8-2.
On June 10, he came into the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning, with the score already 9-0 Yankees. Yikes. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, including a home run, before leaving the game in the bottom of the 4th. He walked 1 and struck out 1. The Orioles lost 16-3.
Crichton was optioned back to Norfolk today.
You can follow Crichton this season here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan is expected to pitch today in Florida as part of his rehab assignment. We remain ever hopeful to see him back in Cincinnati by the end of the month.
Both Brandon Finnegan and Homer Bailey will make rehab starts for AA Pensacola this weekend. Could be back with MLB club by end of June.— Cincy Reds Zone (@CincyRedsZone) June 9, 2017
Finnegan currently has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.
Chad Huffman (LF/St. Louis Cardinals) - Hello, Chad Huffman! Welcome (back) to Frogs in the Pros! You’ll remember Huffman from his time with the Yankees starting in 2010. He moved to Japan and played for the Chiba Lotte Marines for a couple seasons, too. We’ve been keeping an eye on him for a couple seasons, and we’re thrilled to see him back in the states and joining Carpenter on the Cardinals.
Huffman is still working his way into the lineup consistently. He played on June 7 against the Yankees. He pinch hit in the top of the top of the 7th and ground out to second. We look forward to seeing more of him as the season continues.
The Cardinals will face the Phillies tonight at home in St. Louis. Huffman doesn’t have an ERA quite yet, but you can follow his season and see all of his stats here.