After a shaky start to the season, all St. Louis Cardinals fans are aware that 23-year old reliever Trevor Rosenthal has settled down and become a lock-down eighth inning reliever.
But are Cardinals fans aware of just how dominant Rosenthal has been?
Rosenthal has not allowed a single earned run since April 24 and has pitched an amazing stretch of baseball and is a big reason why the Cardinals have the best record in the league.
During that stretch, which covers 17 relief appearances, Rosenthal has pitched 17.1 innings and has allowed just 10 hits and three walks and has struck out an unbelievable 25 hitters. Rosenthal did allow one unearned run to cross the plate in a game against Milwaukee on May 17, but other than that, it has been lights out for the competition when Rosenthal has been on the hill.
That is simply the definition of pure dominance.
Rosenthal has watched his ERA fall all the way to 1.80 and he leads the league with 15 holds on the season.
If Rosenthal can continue this stretch of unbelievable pitching, he would have to be considered as an option for the National League All-star team. Middle relievers have been represented on the team in the past and the fact that the exhibition game actually determines which league gets home field advantage in the World Series, having a guy like Rosenthal come in and throw gas in a familiar role could give the NL an advantage.
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