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The Cardinals release Miguel Batista

Jun 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

Miguel Batista

Given that — as Bernie Miklasz noted in his evisceration of the Cardianls’ bullpen todayMiguel Batista was averaging 5.83 walks per nine innings and 15.43 base runners per nine innings, he was likely not long for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.  And today his run there ended: the Cards have given Batista his unconditional release.

Batista started the year deceptively strong — his ERA was low anyway, which doesn’t necessarily tell you what you need to know about a reliever — but he crashed to Earth in June.  Last night was the final straw, as he came into the game with the bases loaded, promptly walked the first two men he faced and then allowed a two-run single.  A terrible few moments in what was already a terrible inning for St. Louis.

In his place comes Lance Lynn, recalled from Memphis. He has started and relieved, but he’ll be doing long man work for Tony La Russa.  Most likely in a more effective fashion than Batista who, really, may have thrown his last pitch in the majors.

  1. paperlions - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    ….and there was much rejoicing.

    • spudchukar - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Batista is gone! Cuba Libre!

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    JC Romero to StL anyone?

    • paperlions - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      If it means dumping Miller? Sure, why not? It might only be a lateral move, but I’m ready to be disappointed in the performance of someone else, I’m tired of being disappointed in Miller as soon as I hear his name called.

      • bigxrob - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        JC and his inability to throw strikes is sure to disapoint you.

    • spudchukar - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Perhaps, but we aren’t going to give anything up for him. With Valdez shining in Memphis, his call up may be eminent. In a few days Romero will have passed his 10 days in limbo, and most teams will wait and see if the Phils keep him or let him go. I expect Ludwick to be wearing the Pinkish/Red unis soon.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    What is going on in this picture? Is Batista’s head so large it has its own gravitational pull?

    • paperlions - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      I think it is raining, and a drop is mid-splatter on the bill of his cap.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    1 down, at LEAST one more to go.

    Miller’s got to be next on the list, I shudder every time he comes in.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      I shudder every time a left-handed opposing batter steps to the on-deck circle in the late innings, because Tony’s got a nasty “lefty specialist” addiction that doesn’t waver even though Miller and Tallet specialize strictly in putting left-handed hitters on base in creative ways. Meanwhile, Ryan Franklin is the very definition of a benchwarmer, and Mitchell Boggs, who only a few weeks ago was the heir apparent to the Cards’ closer job, isn’t trusted with anything beyond clean-up duty. What’s going on? Have La Russa and his Stubbormetrics finally gone completely around the bend?

  5. paul621 - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    He’s no Miss Iowa, that’s for sure.

    • spudchukar - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Kudos, and I really don’t care if he Misses Missouri either.

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