It appears that, with Mitchell Boggs' struggles continuing last night (0.1 IP, 4 ER) and the Cardinals not ready to turn the reigns over to rookie Trevor Rosenthal, who has struggled too, Edward Mujica is the Cards closer, as least for now.
But can he succeed in that role?
Mujica has been nothing short of spectacular in his short career with the Cardinals. Since being acquired from the Marlins last July for Zack Cox, Mujica has posted a 1.10 ERA in 32.2 IP, with an incredible 28/4 BB/K ratio.
After struggling with home runs early in his career, Mujica has reinvented himself the last few years, relying more on a sinking fastball to go with his splitter/change, which has increased his ground ball rate from 39% in 2009 to 50.5% last year.
As a result, his HR/9 has dropped from 1.81 in 2010 to below 1.0 the last two years.
So, he appears to have the tools to succeed, but does he have the "closer mentality" to succeed?
If Thursday's game is any indication, then I think the ans...