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Q: is vlad nunez the next al reyes?

his line since joining memphis last month: 17.2ip, 10h, 7w, 22k, 1.02 era. nunez's career to this point looks a whole lot like reyes's pre-2005. wouldn't expect him to appear for stl until september, and not at all if it still matters; but remember the name for next year. it's all about options . . . .

Q: is adam wainwright the next dan haren? or the next manny aybar? bad month:

date opp ip h r er bb so hr dec'n
6/1 round rock 6 8 5 4 0 2 1 nd
6/6 iowa 7 7 6 6 6 6 2 L
6/11 omaha 6 8 4 4 1 4 1 W
6/16 round rock 6 7 2 2 1 5 1 L
6/21 round rock 7 11 4 4 0 6 1 L
6/26 new orleans 7 9 5 4 7 2 0 L
TOTAL 39 50 26 24 15 25 6 1-4
5.54 era

he came into the month sporting a 2.43 era; leaves it at 3.58, looking increasingly like a back-of rotation pitcher. his hits per 9 now stand at 9.62, k per 9 at 6.73 (compare to haren last year -- same h/9 [9.56] but half again as many k/9 [10.55], similar # of innings). is still 23 years old, still learning . . . . .

danup has the word on chris duncan, chris lambert, and players not named chris from all around the organization. speaking of which, ev'ybody's favorite non-chris, rick ankiel, went yard again yesterday (#9) and leads the midwest league in slugging by a bunch -- or would if he had the plate appearances to qualify. look for him to resurface at double-A soon. . . . .

finally, congrats/condolences (mainly the former) to cardnilly on the new job. find satisfaction, don't take no shite, n keep on postin'. (twas "keep on truckin'" once upon a generation . . . )