As the St. Louis Cardinals face the final weekend of the National League Championship Series, and the baseball year as a whole rolls into its final go around shortly, the show still goes on, regardless of outcome.
One of the most debated elements to the late season, and now postseason, is the status of Edward Mujica. And now, the arm that was tasked with the majority of the most clutch moments of the year, is struggling to find relevance among the pitching staff.
The situation at the back end of the Cardinals’ bullpen four years later is nearly exactly the same.
Michael Wacha’s back and forth season has now taken a new turn, as it comes full circle to where his pro career began – the bullpen. Yet, the future of the starting rotation could be one of the brightest parts of the end of the game as well, and do so in a familiar fashion.
To say the first half of the season for the Cardinals was good would be a gross understatement. The parts create the sum, and here is the rank of the how each portion of the club played into the first half, 1-38
St. Louis Cardinals fans haven’t had much to gripe about so far in the 2013 season and should be thankful five of the team’s players made the National League all-star roster, but they can also make a strong case the Cardinals should have one more representative.
The early season tailspin of the Cardinals season was due much in part the inability to close games out late. Yet, with his success closing out games raising his profile, it makes him a sleeper candidate for a guy having a huge contract year.
The St. Louis Cardinals began their yearly bullpen revolution early this year as three of the team’s projected relievers are already off the active 25-man roster just a month into the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted Carlos Martinez and optioned Mitchell Boggs to Memphis.
The St. Louis Cardinals Have Problems in the Ninth Inning