St. Louis Edward Mujica says it happened in Philadelphia on April 18.
There the Cardinals reliever who had usually stuck to the seventh inning was, out on the mound in the ninth. Things weren't going very well. First, Phillies' outfielder Ben Revere had singled to center. Then, catcher Erik Kratz had singled to right. Runners stood on first and third with no outs, jeopardizing the Cards' 4-3 lead.
It was at this point the right-hander says he had a conversation with himself, a moment of reflection he has continued to come back to this season when he lands in a tough spot.
"Now, I'm going to put my mind the right way," Mujica recalled Wednesday. "And you guys see it."
The pep talk appears to have worked. Mujica escaped the jam in Philadelphia by sandwiching a strikeout of Jimmy Rollins between two groundouts. It was his first save of the season, and he's cruised as a closer ever since.
In doing so, he's brought stability to a key role in the Cardinals bullpen, a closer spot tha...