ST. LOUIS -- Of the 25 pitches Trevor Rosenthal threw against the Cubs on Sunday, 17 were fastballs. Of those, only one was timed as slow as 95 mph. Twelve registered at 96 mph, three at 97 and one at 98, according to mlb.com's play by play.
But despite throwing with greater speed than most pitchers in the big leagues, there's concern about diminishing velocity of the Cardinals' closer? Really?
Well, yes. When you build your reputation on throwing 100 mph, a 3-4-mph dip becomes news. This wasn't the first time a decline was noticed, either. Two nights earlier, Rosenthal threw 22 pitches and not one was recorded faster than 96 and five came in at less than 95. He also was tagged for a three-run homer that sent the Cardinals to a 6-3 loss. For the young season, Rosenthal's fastball is averaging 95.7 mph, down from 97.3 in 2013, according to fangraphs.com.
"Yeah, we noticed it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about the drop Sunday. "But he's still hitting 96 and that's nothing to ...