The bullpen of the St. Louis Cardinals, among the worst in baseball during the first three weeks of the season, has stabilized somewhat with the emergence of Edward Mujica as closer. In addition, Trevor Rosenthal has settled in and first-time call ups Carlos Martinez and Seth Maness have shown nicely.
The club recently logged a six-game winning streak, longer than any in 2012, and is a half-game off holding the best record in baseball before game two of the current series against the last-place Chicago Cubs.
So, about what should one worry? How about 2014?
At The Cardinal Nation message board, there has been discussion about the aftermath of Jason Motte’s injury and the recent success of Mujica.
Mujica has done everything asked of him and more. The 29-year-old has saved eight games in eight opportunities, has four holds, stranded all eight inherited runners and 11 of 13 first batters faced. All in all, it has been a tremendous “relief” to a club that needed it badly.