St. Louis Cardinals: Preseason Roster Predictions Part 4

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Feb 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals players walk towards the practice field at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals players walk towards the practice field at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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October 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (44) pitches the eighth inning against Chicago Cubs in game four of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
October 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (44) pitches the eighth inning against Chicago Cubs in game four of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

The Bullpen

It’s no secret that the Cardinals’ bullpen is led by Trevor Rosenthal. I expect the hard-throwing right hander to put up another 45-plus saves for 2016. We have no reason to believe he won’t.

So, who fills out the rest of the bullpen?

Here’s who I’ve got: Jordan Walden, Seung Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, Tyler Lyons and Jonathan Broxton.

Walden should be the setup man for Rosenthal, barring another injury. Oh is who will be most exciting to see pitch and it wouldn’t surprise me if he quickly becomes the next option after Rosy and Walden.

Siegrist had a solid season last year for the Cardinals and I expect more of the same. They will need him to be effective against left-handed batters. Maness is, of course, the ground-ball specialist, and if he can throw more sinkers in 2016, I believe he will have a great year.

Broxton isn’t my favorite option, but Matheny likes the big righty. He does have solid closing experience though, so I understand the allure. Lyons is the wildcard of the bullpen, and as Dan Buffa stated, he is much more suited for the bullpen than as a starter, which is why I have him filling in that final bullpen spot.

The Cardinals’ bullpen should, once again, be one of the best in baseball at finishing the job this season.

Next: On The Bench

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