Cardinals: 5 numbers that matter after the first week of the season
By Matt Graves
The Cardinals’ bullpen has a 1.78 ERA
If 2021 was any proof, it’s that sometimes quantity just plain works in the bullpen. Coming into 2022, the St. Louis Cardinals picked up a lot of lower-end (for lack of a better word) players to fill out the bottom of the bullpen.
Drew VerHagen, Nick Wittgren, and Aaron Brooks are the biggest names that fans may not be familiar with, but so far almost everyone that Ollie Marmol has tapped to come into the game in relief has shown up well. Other than Giovanny Gallegos, the Cardinals really do have a hodgepodge bullpen, but that doesn’t mean it won’t succeed.
The Cardinals’ defense will always help, but the team’s 1.78 ERA from their bullpen right now ranks third in the MLB behind the Yankees and the Rockies. This is only over a little over 25 innings, but early results from the group are great.
The bullpen hasn’t had to face many high-power offenses yet either, but success is a success.