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Edward Mujica is a mess

Sep 29, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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Edward Mujica had a ridiculous 1.73 ERA and 43/3 K/BB ratio over his first 57 1/3 innings this season. But the righty’s September has been nightmarish.

Mujica allowed three hits and two earned runs while recording only one out in an appearance Saturday night in St. Louis’ 6-2 defeat of the Cubs and now has an 11.05 ERA in 7 1/3 frames this month. “That was tough,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after Mujica’s latest poor appearance on Saturday. “I wanted things to go differently than that, for sure.”

Trevor Rosenthal has taken over as the Cardinals’ closer and there’s some question now about Mujica’s inclusion on the postseason roster. “We’ll see how he feels and (have) everybody kind of get their heads together,” said Matheny on that particular topic. “Right now is not the time to make that decision.”

St. Louis has locked up the National League Central crown and will try to clinch homefield advantage through the NLCS in Sunday’s series- and season-finale against the Cubs. A Braves loss will also clinch that.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    The Mujic Man was like that when he was with the Feesh. He’d have some lights-out stretches, some iffy outings, and then he’d have Chernobyl-style meltdowns that could go on for a day or a week. He was always erratic, and I didn’t mourn his departure – but I noted his early season success with a bit of surprise. He’s just being more like himself than he was at the outset. He might just as easily find his focus and become difficult to hit again tomorrow.

  2. spudchukar - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    He is almost to the point of being left off the post-season roster. And one could argue his early season success warrants him a spot, but the truth is I would prefer Freeman at this point, and I believe that probably is the choice.

  3. janessa31888 - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    He was a mess with the Indians too.

    • gloccamorra - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      He was like he is with the Cards when he was with the Padres: pretty effective early in the season, but a source of critical blow-ups later. It can’t be a tired arm for a closer throwing 60-70 innings. Tired brain?

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