St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart
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June 15, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Kevin Siegrist pitched another perfect inning last night and has been very impressive since getting called up. The young lefty has pitched 4.1 innings with 9 ks and has only given up 1 hit. Siegrist also had 44 ks in 27.2 innings at Triple-A Memphis this season. Hierarchy change: Kevin Siegrist to 2nd in line, replacing Seth Maness.
May 27, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Seth Maness picked up the win yesterday, pitching part of the sixth and seventh innings ahead of Rosenthal and Mujica. Carlos Martinez was sent down to the minors and it looks like Maness will take over his late inning role. Hierarchy change: Seth Maness to 2nd in line, replacing Carlos Martinez.
May 6, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Mitchell Boggs on Friday was sent to the minors to sort things out, as the Cardinals somewhat surprisingly called up top prospect Carlos Martinez to replace him. Martinez projects as a starter, but for now, his 99-mph fastball will be used in the late innings in St. Louis. He’s now pitched two clean innings and could be a candidate to close if something happens to both Edward Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal. Hierarchy change: Carlos Martinez to 2nd in line, replacing Mitchell Boggs.
April 22, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Mitchell Boggs’s nightmare season continued on Sunday, as he was summoned in a tie game in the 8th inning, and allowed four runs while only recording one out. With an ERA that now stands at 12.46, he’s got a long way to go before he returns to any kind of substantial role in the Cardinals bullpen. Trevor Rosenthal will be the guy to set up Edward Mujica for the time being. Hierarchy change: Trevor Rosenthal to Set-up, Mitchell Boggs to 2nd in line.
April 18, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals - As predicted, Edward Mujica got his chance to close tonight, and although he made things interesting with a couple singles to lead off the ninth, he managed to escape with the save. He should be the man in St. Louis going forward. Hierarchy change: Edward Mujica to Closer, Mitchell Boggs to Set-Up.
April 16, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – After Mike Matheny told reporters that he would eschew prescribed roles to play matchups with his bullpen, he threw Mitchell Boggs in a four-run game — and had Edward Mujica warming up when Boggs got into trouble. Mujica is probably the best Cardinal reliever to own, and certainly seems a better bet to pick up saves than Trevor Rosenthal. Hierarchy change: Edward Mujica to Set-Up, Trevor Rosenthal to 2nd in line.
April 15, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Mitchell Boggs blew another save yesterday, one inning after Trevor Rosenthal allowed two runs to score. Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said Boggs “is going to keep grinding through it… and we’ll see what he’s made of,” so it sounds as if Boggs will continue to close, though he’s on an increasingly fiery Hot Seat. One more meltdown and the Cardinals could look elsewhere — either to Rosenthal or Edward Mujica, who manager Mike Matheny spoke highly of after the game. No hierarchy change.
April 10, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – A day after his bullpen completely melted down, Mike Matheny used his relievers the same way he had all season: Edward Mujica for the 7th, Trevor Rosenthal for the 8th, and Mitchell Boggs for the 9th. Matheny had said he would leave Boggs in the closer role for now, so his usage was no surprise, but Rosenthal’s status as the set-up man was up in the air. However despite his inexperience, the hard-throwing righty will continue on in his 8th inning role. Hierarchy change: Trevor Rosenthal to Set-up, Edward Mujica to 2nd in line.
April 9, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Mitchell Boggs had what he described as “the worst outing of my career” on Monday, as he turned a tie game into an eventual 9-run loss for the Cardinals. Skipper Mike Matheny suggested after the game that Boggs, despite also blowing a save last week, would still be his closer, but it might not be for long. Edward Mujica may get a shot to close games, as could youngster Trevor Rosenthal, who has been pitching the 8th inning (albeit poorly) for the past week. Hierarchy change: Trevor Rosenthal to 2nd in line, replacing Mark Rzepczynski. Mitchell Boggs to Hot Seat.
March 25, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte will start the season on the DL. The Cardinals closer felt his forearm tighten up after his most recent appearance, and the Cardinals announced over the weekend that they were shutting him down for at least a week due to a mild flexor strain. Mitchell Boggs will close in his absence. Hierarchy change: Mitchell Boggs to Closer, Edward Mujica to Set-up, Mark Rzepczynski to 2nd in line; Jason Motte injured.
February 24, 2013
St. Louis Cardinals – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Jason Motte, Set-up- Mitchell Boggs, 2nd in line- Edward Mujica.
August 1, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals acquired Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Mujica will likely pitch the 7th inning for the Cardinals, which is a role they’ve been trying to fill all season. Hierarchy change: Edward Mujica to 2nd in line, replacing Victor Marte.
July 12, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals need some bullpen help, as Jason Motte has been shaky for much of the season. The St. Louis Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Huston Street could be an option, and Street expressed the desire to close if he moves elsewhere. Such a deal could hurt Motte’s value. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: None. SELL: Jason Motte.
June 15, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals – Victor Marte pitched parts of the 7th and 8th innings on Thursday, earning his 9th hold of the season. While Mark Rzepczynski generally pitches later in games than Marte, he’s struggled as of late and would likely remain in a specialist role even if Jason Motte and Mitchell Boggs both suffer injuries. Hierarchy change: Victor Marte to 2nd in line, replacing Mark Rzepczynski.
May 24, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals – Mark Rzepczynski pitched the 8th inning ahead of Jason Motte on Wednesday night, and the lefty has proven the ability to pitch to both righties and lefties. Hierarchy change: Mark Rzepczynski to 2nd in line, replacing Fernando Salas.
April 24, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals – For the second straight night, and third in the last four, Mitchell Boggs pitched the 8th in a tight game; he has clearly passed Fernando Salas as the Cards’ top set-up option. Hierarchy change: Mitchell Boggs to Set-up, Fernando Salas to 2nd in line.
April 11, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals- Mitchell Boggs pitched two perfect innings of relief on Tuesday and has established himself as a reliable late-inning replacement for the ailing Scott Linebrink. Hierarchy change: Mitchell Boggs to 2nd in line, replacing Scott Linebrink.
April 1, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals- The Cardinals will stick with Jason Motte as their closer, while Fernando Salas, who started 2011 as the closer, will step in quickly if Motte struggles. Scott Linebrink was added as a veteran relief pitcher and would likely take over if both Motte and Salas struggle. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Jason Motte, Set-up- Fernando Salas, 2nd in line- Scott Linebrink.
Sept. 24, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Summoned in a tie game in the 8th, Kyle McClellan gave up 3 runs and got the lost last night. McClellan has had a tough couple weeks and the Cardinals have been looking to Marc Rzepczynski, who they acquired from the Blue Jays last month, later in games. Hierarchy change: Marc Rzepczynski to 2nd in line, replacing Kyle McClellan.
Sept. 23, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Jason Motte won the closer’s job in early September after an incredible string of 33 consecutive outings without allowing an earned run. But he’s been shaky of late, and walked 3 of the 5 batters he faced last night, contributing to the Cardinals 9th inning collapse. Fernando Salas couldn’t salvage the damage, but the Cardinals may go back to their original closer in the season’s final week. Jason Motte to Hot Seat.
Sept. 20, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Jason Motte struggled in the 9th last night, giving up a pair of runs while only recording two outs, and the Cardinals lifted him in favor of Arthur Rhodes, who gave up a hit to the only man he faced. Octavio Dotel was the next man out of the pen, and he finally retired the last man, earning the save. No hierarchy change.
Sept. 17, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Fernando Salas picked up the save in the 11th inning last night, after Jason Motte had already pitched. No hierarchy change.
Aug. 31, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Tony La Russa has said save opps will be merit-based for the rest of the year, but it was Fernando Salas, not Jason Motte (and his streak of 30 straight games without an earned run), who pitched the 9th last night. This looks to be a platoon for now. No hierarchy change.
Aug. 28, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Jason Motte has not allowed a run in 28 straight appearances, and Tony LaRussa finally gave him the chance to close. He picked up the save today, and replaces a struggling Fernando Salas. Hierarchy change: Motte to Closer, Salas to Set-up.
Aug. 23, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Fernando Salas got in trouble in the 9th, and after allowing the tying run, he wasn’t even allowed to get out of his own jam. Jason Motte came in and allowed an inherited runner to score. Salas has had a great season so far, but this was his 2nd straight blown save. Salas to “Hot Seat.”
Aug. 22, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- Jason Motte pitched the 8th inning last night and has finally moved ahead of Kyle McClellan on the Cardinals depth chart. The Cards did have a 4-run lead, but were trying to avoid the sweep and were treating it as if it were a save situation, using Salas in the 9th as well. Hierarchy change: Motte to Set-Up, McClellan to 2nd in line.
Aug. 20, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals- While Mitchell Boggs has great stuff, he’s still unpolished, and Tony LaRussa has been reluctant to use him in close, late-game situations. Those innings are usually spread around to several relievers, the most prominent being Kyle McClellan, who pitched in a scoreless game in the 8th and 9th innings last night. Hierarchy change: McClellan to Set-Up, replacing Boggs.