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Give the Cardinals a little credit in the fact they went out and addressed the lefty situation in the bullpen. Barret Browing has been very good since his call up posting a 2.70 ERA in his 13 appearances and John Mozeliak went and fished Brian Fuentes out of the trash after the Athletics disposed of him. Fuentes still has a 0.00 ERA in his limited appearances for the Cardinals.
The issue is still who will pitch long relief and/or the sixth or seventh inning. Mitchell Boggs has been legit this year in the set up role, posting a 1.61 ERA in his 47 appearances while posting 15 holds. Opposing batters are hitting .228 against him and are hitting a paltry .200 against him with runners on base. So no need to rock the back-end roles of Boggs and Motte as the one-two punch to end the game.
Getting to that point still makes me a bit nervous. Fernando Salas has been a little better of late, but still posts a 4.23 ERA and newly acquired Edward Mujica isn't much of an upgrade. The Cardinals should have made a stronger play for Alex Burnett of the Twins. He would have been a nice fit into a sixth or seventh inning role for the Cardinals.
The bullpen was a sore spot in the first half of the season and the Cardinals are putting stock into basically what they came to the party with. Hopefully the bullpen will be able to be a strong point in the second half, but that is a risky bet to take.