Memphis Redbirds continue to struggle so far in 2015


After watching the St. Louis Cardinals drop six of their last 10 games, the difference between the big league club and the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds is clear: the Redbirds have struggled like this for most of the season.

It was said at the end of April: for the Memphis Redbirds to reach success it was going to take a double effort between hitters and pitchers. Nothing was really going the Redbirds’ way in the month of April, and about the same can be said so far in May. Memphis has had a busy May so far, playing 19 games in 18 days while posting a disappointing 8-11 record in that time frame.

Tim Cooney, by far, had the most impressive performance in a game this past Saturday when he pitched 7 2/3 innings while giving up no runs, one hit, two walks and punching out six. Cooney is second on the team amongst starters in ERA with a 3.00 putting him just behind the recently-demoted Tyler Lyons, who carries a 2.91. Overall, Marcus Hatley currently possesses the best ERA on the team with a 1.64.

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Certain hitters have stepped up a little in the month of May. In April it seemed to be all about Dean Anna and Xavier Scruggs. In May, names like Ed Easley and Mike O’Neill have stepped up.

Easley owns the best batting average on the team with a .297 mark and O’Neill is right behind him with a .289. While the overall offensive numbers have been low for Scruggs, he still has the most home runs on the team with six long-balls after his hot start, he also has the most runs batted on the team with 19.

Looking ahead for the Redbirds, Tuesday, they conclude a series with Omaha before getting a well-deserved off-day tomorrow. They begin an eight-game road trip with Sacramento on Thursday and then another four-game series with Fresno on Monday.

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