ST. LOUIS Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs couldn't find his way onto the mound in a meaningful spot during their World Series run last year. Now he's one of the most valuable arms in the St. Louis bullpen.
Taking advantage of a fresh start with new manager Mike Matheny, the hard-throwing Boggs has been one of the best relievers in the National League through the first three weeks of the season.
He's allowed just one earned run in eight appearances to start the year, good for a microscopic 0.96 ERA. Boggs has nine strikeouts and just one walk, becoming Matheny's primary eighth-inning setup man for closer Jason Motte.
"I'm pleased, but it's early," Boggs said. "This is something I want to translate to the entire season. It's been nice to have success early on but my goals coming into the season were to have this type of success all year long.
"I want it to be sustained and I feel like its something I can do. It's definitely a step in the right direction but I have to continue...