At 17-11, the St. Louis Cardinals sit atop the NL Central and are tied with Atlanta and Colorado for the best mark in the National League. There is one major weakness with the Cards, though -- their bullpen has been an absoloute disaster in the absence of Jason Motte. Their relievers are putting up the worst ERA (5.90), highest opponent OBP (.359), highest opponent SLG (.454) and third-most blown saves (6) in the National League.
The current bullpen is lacking in good options, reinforcements are needed, and that's why top prospect Carlos Martinez is being promoted straight from Double A.
Mitchell Boggs acted as the team's closer to start the season, but lost it in less than a month to Edward Mujica. After another multi-walk (and this time, no-outs-recorded) outing Thursday night in Milwaukee, Boggs has now lost his roster spot to Martinez.
In 10.2 innings this season, Boggs has walked 12 batters, allowed 17 hits and has been charged with 15 earned runs. Most of...