The St. Louis Cardinals may not need to shop for a closer after all.
Earlier this week, it appeared the Cardinals would be an early and enthusiastic entrant to the marketplace for bullpen help. With closer Jason Motte already on the disabled list and possibly done for the year, Mitchell Boggs surrendered four earned runs while recording only one out in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia.
But the Cardinals haven’t lost since – thanks, in large part, to their bullpen.
Edward Mujica – substitute closer, fill-in closer, whatever term you’d like to use – recorded saves in every game of the Cardinals’ three-game road sweep in Washington. Mujica is 4-for-4 in save opportunities and has a 1.00 ERA in nine appearances this season. Also, 24-year-old Joe Kelly has not allowed a run in his last four outings, as manager Mike Matheny has shifted his responsibilities later in the game.
So, it appears Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was correct in expressing confidence earlier this week that the Cardinals could work through their bullpen issues internally. Mozeliak told FOXSports.com that he would consider other ways to improve, such as trades, “but that would not be in the near future.”
Mozeliak should get clarity on Motte’s status within the next couple weeks. Motte is on the disabled list with an elbow ailment and may need season-ending Tommy John surgery if his condition doesn’t improve soon.
-- Jon Paul Morosi