The Cardinals latest weekend series saw the team lose two tied games in the ninth inning. Seung Hwan Oh recorded nineteen saves as the closer in 2016 with a sparkling 1.96 earned run average and 2.14 FIP. Oh has not found the same success in 2017 with three blown saves and five losses to go along with a ballooning ERA of 4.17 and 4.85 FIP. With Oh's struggles, the door has opened for other relief pitchers. An obvious candidate would be the other displaced Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Rosey has been one of the team's best relievers with a 2.09 FIP and a K/9 rate over 14. Brett Cecil has settled in after a rough start and may make a good candidate for the last out of the game too. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, several players will be sharing the closing duties for the time being:
Encouraged by outings by Cecil and Trevor Rosenthal on Friday night in Pittsburgh and then watching Seung Hwan Oh continue to struggle vs. lefties in the ninth, Matheny agreed that the pell-mell is still happening in the late innings. The ninth is open for the taking … or for the matchup … or for whomever is available.
So who would you rather have close? Oh? Rosey? A committee of sorts?
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