With Romero Gone, Who Will The St. Louis Cardinals Have Pitch To The Left-Handed Batters?

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 25: Kyle McClellan #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the ninth inning for a save against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Earlier today, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they had unconditionally released veteran left-handed reliever J.C. Romero. Taking Romero's spot in the bullpen will be right-hander Eduardo Sanchez, who has apparently showed enough improvement with his mechanics and control in in the eyes of the front office to merit the promotion. The release of Romero and promotion of Sanchez means only one southpaw remains in the Cardinals bullpen. With only a single lefty remaining in the bullpen, who will fact opposing left-handed batters?

The following graph shows each Cardinals reliever's career splits against left-handed opposing batsmen, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

Pitcher

PA

BAA

OBPA

SLGA

OPSA

K/BB

Rzcepczynski

266

.199

.280

.292

.573

3.36

McClellan

666

.210

.292

.339

.631

1.70

Motte

307

.273

.353

.421

.774

2.06

Salas

208

.241

.314

.412

.726

2.50

Boggs

422

.315

.404

.513

.917

0.89

Sanchez

46

.158

.283

.158

.441

2.20

Marte

103

.221

.350

.430

.780

0.94

It looks like Kyle McClellan should be the first non-Scrabble option against opposing left-handed batters. After HR-Mac, Fernando Salas, with his changeup, appears to be the second choice from amongst the righty relievers to face an opposing left-handed batter. It will be interesting to see how long the Cardinals stick with a one-lefty bullpen. With No. 10 on the outfield wall and not the manager's office, we can rest assured that Arthur Rhodes won't be making a second tour of duty with the Redbirds.

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