JUPITER, Fla. Mitchell Boggs has no problem saying it. He thinks the Cardinals bullpen could be good. Real good. And after he backed up his talk a year ago with a strong personal season, those doubting him might want to think again.
Boggs made headlines last winter when he said he could compete with anybody in the game and predicted a big season from himself on the mound. He then went out in 2012 and established himself as one of the premier late-inning relievers in baseball, posting a career-low 2.21 ERA in 78 games.
And now he's making similar predictions for the Cardinals bullpen as a group in 2013.
"I don't see any reason why we can't be a strength of our team and one of the best bullpens in the game," Boggs said. "But at the same time, we have to go out there and do it.
"I think the pieces are there to be as good as anybody. But we have to go out and pitch and compete the way we're capable of."
The Cardinals bullpen has followed a similar path the past two seasons. They c...