The bullpen for the St. Louis Cardinals will consist of new faces and an import. Will it include a LOOGY?
The bullpen for the Cardinals could become the biggest strength on this team. It’s a band of closers. Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist, Jordan Walden and Jonathan Broxton all have major league closing experience while Korean import Seung Hwan-Oh pitched so well overseas they called him the Final Boss and Stone Buddha. Sam Tuivailala awaits down on the farm to further craft his Major League resume. It’s fastballs all day long for this 2016 Cards relief corps.
Add in the double play hurling Seth Maness and Tyler Lyons as your long lefty and the bullpen is set. I am sorry feel good story lovers but Mitch Harris doesn’t break into this group in my opinion unless an injury occurs. He has average stuff and doesn’t offer anything more than the other seven pitchers and the extra bat will be needed. It’s a 13-12 roster split and you can’t bring another arm.
Randy Choate is gone and with no offense to the impressive Dean Kiekhefer, I like the flexibility Lyons adds out of the pen. He has better stats out of relief than from the rotation and can spot start on a whim, give the imploded starter a clean exit with a 3-4 inning bridge or soak up extra inning duty. You need a guy like Lyons there. Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales will stay stretched and ready(young arms must be guarded and treated well). Lyons gets the final spot. Take the flexibility and leave the LOOGY. For now.
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