Originally posted on i70baseball  |  Last updated 1/22/12
The St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen came a long way in 2011, beginning with Ryan Franklin’s blown save on Opening Day and ending with Jason Motte’s final pitch to win Game Seven of the World Series. The squad battled through major ups and downs throughout the season, and the final roster hardly resembled the Opening Day roster. All of those changes turned out to be a blessing, however, as the team went on to win the World Series. The Opening Day bullpen that included pitchers such as Miguel Batista, Brian Tallet and Bryan Augenstein eventually turned into a bullpen with Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel. The latter group was instrumental in the Cardinals run to the world championship. Manager Tony La Russa used his bullpen more extensively in the playoffs than any manager in the history of the game, and the relievers came through nearly every time in the playoffs. Veterans such as Dotel and Arthur Rhodes left during the offseason, but the Cardinals picked up left-hande...
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Antonio Gates feels ‘rebooted’ after serving suspension

Chip Kelly: ‘There’s not a bunch of O-linemen on the street’

Rosevelt Colvin: Belichick had Patriots practice batting balls

Urban Meyer considering using J.T. Barrett in the red zone

Report: Giants 'hopeful' Pierre-Paul can return for final month

Report: Bills hosting Trent Richardson for workout


Report: ‘Weekend-long bender’ prompted CC Sabathia’s rehab

Knicks coach: Porzingis is part-Dirk Nowitzki, part-Pau Gasol

Michael Bennett dislikes Stafford because of JFK assassination

Tedy Bruschi: Always Feels Good To Beat Cowboys

Kentucky and Duke set for 1st meeting since 2012

Michael Bennett calls out Seahawks owner to pay Kam Chancellor

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Stephen Curry celebrates three with bench before it goes in

What should be done with Kaepernick?

10 rookies who could be playoff heroes

X-factors to watch in Wild Card games

Texas Rangers ups their concessions game for the postseason

College playoff: Five teams that hurt themselves

College playoff: Five teams that helped themselves

Could this be the Carolina Panthers season?

Michael Irvin: Cowboys have no chance against Patriots Sunday

Melo on requesting a trade: 'Hell no'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker