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:
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 . . . )