After last week’s meltdown in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, many wondered what and how the St. Louis Cardinals would handle embattled reliever Mitchell Boggs.
We now have our answer and it is clear that the Cardinals are trying to get Boggs back to his roots. They are having him start for Memphis and Boggs took his first turn on Monday night in the Redbirds’ 7-1 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Boggs, who was a starter as he rose through the minor league ranks early in his career, lasted just two innings, but managed not to allow a run. Boggs did allow three hits, but was otherwise effective and did not allow a walk. He through 26 of his 36 pitches for strikes and struck out two hitters.
Monday night was a good step for Boggs, who has struggled all season long after dominating in 2012 as one of the best set-up men in all of baseball.
In 18 games with the Cardinals this season, Boggs has been atrocious, posting a 11.05 ERA and an astonishing 2.45 WHIP this season.
With Victor Marte and Keith Butler currently manning spots in the Cardinals bullpen, the team still would be best-served with Boggs improving enough to fill any role effectively for manager Mike Matheny. Boggs, when right, is clearly better than Marte and likely better than Butler too. The problem that nobody has an answer to is getting Boggs right.
Maybe letting him start at Memphis for a few weeks will be the answer.