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April 17, 2013, 09:30 AM
Miscellaneous thoughts after the rainout last night.

- I'm thinking I might just skip Jake Westbrook in the rotation every time we go to Pittsburgh from now on.

- Wonder if Allen Craig is pressing a bit after signing his contract extension? I'm not worried about him, I think he'll be fine, but I'm guessing he is pushing himself to live up to the new deal.

- What to do about the closer situation? I like the thought of giving Mujica a shot, at least in the short term. I'm not sure what they do in the longer term though, assuming Motte is lost for the season. I'm not sure that Boggs will be the guy ever, but Rosenthal might be able to grow into the job as a rookie, kind of like Wainwright did in 2006 after Isringhausen got hurt. I just hope they figure some things out quickly, regardless of who gets the ball. I don't want a repeat of the 2008 debacle with 33 blown saves or whatever the number was.

- Matt Adams is giving Matheny a lot to think about every day when he fills out his lineup card.
 
April 17, 2013  10:55 AM ET

1. Yeah, Mother Nature was a Cards fan last night cuz I thought the game had "L" written all over it.
2. Mujica should get first crack at the closer role next as he seems to have the steadiest psyche in the 'pen right now. I think Boggs is suited for the 8th inning role and is most comfortable there.
3. The name Carlos Martinez has been thrown out if there is no closer resolution by mid season. Those that have seen him pitch say he has the fastball-changeup speed variance to be successful in the role.
4. I'd like to see Adams get 3 starts a week which could be accomplished with giving Holliday, Beltran and Freese a day off every week.

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