I was checking up on my Cardinals news on the off-day, and I ran across this great article by Zack Meisel about Kevin Siegrist. I like his pitching. I mean, he didn’t throw me any balls when he was shagging flies in right field when I called his name every time, but hey, I can’t hold that against him. If you want to read the article, you can find it here. It’s not the first time that the Cardinals have found a steal in the later rounds of the draft. Keith Hernandez in the 42nd round in 1971. Pujols was a 13th round pick in 1999. For the production he had, it was a steal. With the way that the Cardinals can teach prospects, Seigrist won’t be the last late-round pick that they get production out of, either.
But, with the article on Siegrist, and the amount of work the bullpen has been getting, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on their workload over the last week of games. Here’s a chart that I made up of pitches thrown in the last 7 games, just from looking through the box scores.
The off day on Monday couldn’t have come quick enough for most of these guys. Freeman was the only one that was rested enough that he would be ok without it. Everyone else pitched either Saturday or Sunday. Looking through the list, Rosenthal’s pitch count on Saturday probably meant that he was unavailable to pitch on Sunday, and so his normal 8th inning was covered by Mujica. On that note, Mujica did get the 6-out save on Sunday and probably needed the off day to be available on Tuesday. Choate has pitched 3 days in a row, but with him throwing only 2 pitches in the last two games, it’s not a huge deal. Warmup tosses add up, too, though, and he could use a day to rest his arm.
Maness has been a workhorse the last 7 games! He hasn’t pitched a ton of pitches in any one outing, but pitching 6 out of the last 7 days has to be taxing on that arm. He needed the day off. Siegrist is in that boat with him. He pitched 5 out of the last 7 and his pitch count was slightly elevated on Sunday. Although Mujica and Rosenthal had high pitch counts the last two games, they did have a lot of rest before these games because the Cardinals were playing feast or famine games, and Matheny didn’t put them into many games unless they were in for the hold/close.
Needless to say, the Cardinals, and especially the bullpen, really needed this day off to recuperate from their long stretch the last couple of weeks. This next week won’t get any easier, with our next off day being 16 days away. Maybe this time, we can get some wins, let our starters eat some innings, and the bullpen will be more fresh.