The St. Louis Cardinals are just eight games into the season and manager Mike Matheny has already turned to his 100 mph, 22-year old flame thrower Trevor Rosenthal on five occasions this season.
Matheny used Rosenthal to pick up an eighth inning hold in Tuesday night's 5-1 victory of the Cincinnati Reds. Matheny likely wanted to get Rosenthal back on the bump quickly after the youngster was roughed up by the Reds the day before.
But Matheny is using Rosenthal too much early in the season and should cool it for awhile if he hopes to see Rosenthal throwing 100 mph later in the season.
With the loss of Jason Motte likely for the year, the Cardinals are going to have to rely heavily on Rosenthal in the eighth inning and Mitchell Boggs in the ninth. But that should not equate to using Rosenthal as often as Matheny has thus far.
I am not suggesting that the Cardinals employ some silly rules like the New York Yankees once did with Joba Chamberlain but using any pitcher as ofte...