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Mitchell Boggs goes from closer to Triple-A in three weeks

May 23, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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When the Cardinals bumped Ryan Franklin from the closer role last month they turned to Mitchell Boggs as his replacement and the 27-year-old right-hander responded by converting his first three save chances.

Boggs blew his fourth save chance on April 26 and hasn’t been given another ninth-inning lead since. And today the Cardinals demoted him to Triple-A.

Boggs has struggled of late, allowing five runs in his last six appearances, but his overall numbers are just fine with a 3.66 ERA, .233 opponents’ batting average, and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He also has a track record of success with a 3.61 ERA in 67 innings as a setup man last season.

All of which makes it very odd that the Cardinals thought enough of Boggs to make him the fill-in closer three weeks ago and now don’t even think he’s worth keeping in the majors. One bad week apparently trumps the 3.50 ERA he posted in his first 95 innings as a reliever.

  1. paperlions - May 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Considering the dead weight in the bullpen, no way Boggs should have been sent down….Batista (allowing a .395 OBP), Franklin (self explanatory), and Miller (allowing a .370 OBP to lefties, nice lefty specialist) are all useless….each scares the hell out me with anything less than a 6 run lead.

    • spudchukar - May 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      I’m in concert with you on the Batista/Franklin usage. In some ways Batista has been even worse. We don’t agree with Miller, but it is time for him to start throwing strikes. I am willing to stick with him, more on what he has done in the past, but he is on thin ice. The Boggs situation puzzles me. I never feel confident with him, but his work is still better than the aforementioned. I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t an internal issue, or injury or some other difficulty with him that isn’t baseball related.

      • paperlions - May 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        I think it is just that Boggs has options…but so what, he is clearly better that Batista and Franklin….I’m tired of Frankling because he is brought in to get out lefties, doesn’t do it and then we have to sit through another pitching change. He’s been pretty bad the last month plus.

      • spudchukar - May 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

        You comment about the options got me thinking. Because no one other than Sanchez and Salas have been getting any work lately, perhaps the move isn’t as much of a demotion as an opportunity to pitch. He hasn’t been sharp lately, so the trip to AAA, could be to sort things out and get some work.

  2. travisls - May 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Why not get rid of Franklin this makes no sense. Batista and Miller i would keep around for now but Franklin has to go.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    I’m guessing the $12mil owed to Franklin has alot to do with this decision…

    • paperlions - May 23, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Franklin is in the last year of his contract and was paid $3MM last year and $3.5MM this year….regardless, the money is gone…it is better to pay him to not pitch than to pay him and have him pitch…in other words, just because you are paying a guy doesn’t mean its a good idea to let him lose games for you.

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Options remaining has to be a factor in the decision, get the guy some work and see if he can get sorted out in Memphis.

    Hell, at this point they all scare the bejeezus out of me – whomever comes in.

    I have no idea how they’re winning games with the gasoline allley bullpen, horrific fielding, AAA supporting cast and Albert not being Albert.

    I guess starting pitching and a surly manager go along way.

  5. cintiphil - May 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Hey Redbird fans, count your blessings. The staff in Cinti has exploded. And we are sinking fast. The only pitcher we can count on is Homer Bailey, and some in the BP. But you had better beware, the Brewers are coming on fast, and the Reds are the first team they will swallow up.

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