The St. Louis Cardinals received some terrible news on Saturday morning. Closer Jason Motte is likely headed to the disabled list to start the season with an elbow strain. The loss of Motte is a huge blow to the Cardinals as the flamethrower converted 42 saves in 2012, which was tied with Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves for most in the National League.
So how will the Cardinals replace Motte? Who should be the closer in his absence?
The logical choice is Mitchell Boggs, who was outstanding last season as the eighth inning man and manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Boggs would likely get the first look. Boggs certainly has earned the shot and has auditioned for the responsibility once before, in 2011, when he converted four saves.
Boggs appeared in 78 games for the Cardinals in 2012 as the primary option in the eighth inning and posted an impressive 2.21 ERA while striking out 7.1 hitters per nine innings. Boggs also kept people off...