Mitchell Boggs is now 3 for 3 in save opportunities, but don’t call him the Cardinals closer. Tony LaRussa doesn’t want Boggs to have the title of the Cards closer because he doesn’t want any added pressure on him. All I can say to that is I’m not buying it. I still think there’s a big part of LaRussa that wants to give Ryan Franklin the chance to reclaim the position. I hope I’m wrong, we’ll see. I was a little worried that LaRussa was going to stick with Franklin longer than he did, but I’m glad I was wrong. I still can’t understand the logic in Tony putting Franklin in game 2 of the Reds series in a 3-3 tie with the bases loaded. Even if all the other arms were tired, I would have rather he stuck with Trever Miller against the righty Miguel Cairo. It’s amazing, it really is.
It’s great to see the young arms Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez do so well early on. What was starting to look like the biggest weakness of the 2011 Cardinals is starting to look like a great strength. The question is whether or not they will continue to get the chance once Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet return from the DL. As of right now, I would like to see the Cardinals make the move that makes the most sense, and cut Ryan Franklin to make some room. I’m not saying this out of hate for Franklin, or because of the nasty words he had for Cardinal fans, I’m saying it because it makes the most sense for the club. Even though Franklin is the highest paid member of the Cardinals bullpen, it’s clear that he is at the end of his career and has no trade value.
The Cardinals now have some swing and miss guys in the bullpen. Salas and Sanchez are eventually going to have a bad game or two along the way, but it appears to me their stuff is too good for long term failure. Also, they shouldn’t be demoted when other healthy arms return just for the sake of guys not losing their positions or because of their inexperience.
If the Cardinals continue to stay healthy on offense, the 2011 season could be a special one. I would hate to see that wasted because of assets that are not being used.