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08:14 AM ET 04.10 | John Mozeliak wouldn't confirm it with any certainty, but things are not looking good for closer Jason Motte. [Motte], responsible for each of his team's 42 converted saves in 2012, probably won't convert any in 2013 ... [Without] Motte this team boasts many more arms able to pitch the first inning than the ninth. With five career saves, perhaps [Mitchell Boggs] can translate his success as last year's set-up man to the closer role. Maybe [Trevor Rosenthal], so dominant last October, can soften his early-season tendency to overthrow and become a present-day Todd Worrell. In a perfect world, either embraces the role. Would the Cardinals return to [Fernando Salas] after he absorbed heavy use, maybe even abuse, in 2011?

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Jason Motte, US Presswire Jason Motte, US Presswire
April 10, 2013  09:22 AM ET

I don't think there is a clear answer without Motte. I simply don't trust Boggs to be the closer long term, and I'm not sure Rosenthal is ready. Salas looked lost on the mound too many times last year.

Mozeliak needs to explore the trade market for an experienced closer, but the good ones are never cheap.

April 10, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't think there is a clear answer without Motte. I simply don't trust Boggs to be the closer long term, and I'm not sure Rosenthal is ready. Salas looked lost on the mound too many times last year.Mozeliak needs to explore the trade market for an experienced closer, but the good ones are never cheap.

STL bullpen has been suspect the last couple of years. To be in the top 5 in both Blown Saves and Saves is ridiculous. They are either stellar - or look like they don't know what they are doing. And have been in contention in spite of it. So now - the closer, a starter, and a regular lineup guy are out. I'm just glad STL is dealing with what the Yankmees have going right now.... ;-)

April 10, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

STL bullpen has been suspect the last couple of years. To be in the top 5 in both Blown Saves and Saves is ridiculous. They are either stellar - or look like they don't know what they are doing. And have been in contention in spite of it. So now - the closer, a starter, and a regular lineup guy are out. I'm just glad STL is dealing with what the Yankmees have going right now.... ;-)

**isn't dealing with.....

April 10, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Carlos Marmol is available...

April 10, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't think there is a clear answer without Motte. I simply don't trust Boggs to be the closer long term

As a lifelong Brewer fan I have to say I'm glad Motte isn't there anymore (not glad that he's hurt), but to all of you Card fans, welcome to our John Axford world.

April 10, 2013  11:59 AM ET

the cards appears to be in trouble without motte, but they have a deep farm system,,,,

April 10, 2013  01:43 PM ET

An option will present itself. There are too many strong arms in the system to not be able to find one who can handle the ninth. I wouldn't be surprised to see them call up Michael Wacha. He had a great spring and seems to be very composed and under control.

April 10, 2013  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

An option will present itself. There are too many strong arms in the system to not be able to find one who can handle the ninth. I wouldn't be surprised to see them call up Michael Wacha. He had a great spring and seems to be very composed and under control.

I hadn't thought about Wacha as a closer, CF2. He dominated in the Spring.

April 10, 2013  04:37 PM ET

Didn't need the pen today with complete game shutout from Westbrook.

April 10, 2013  05:27 PM ET
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Didn't need the pen today with complete game shutout from Westbrook.

Nice bounce back the last two days after that 9th inning debacle on Monday. There's no one that is more fun to beat than the Reds.

April 12, 2013  08:35 AM ET

If I am the GM I do not go out after another pitcher to take Motte place. The Cards have to many good young arms in the system to give up for a so call closer. They can go back to Whitey ball or early LaRussa era and close by committee.

 
April 12, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If I am the GM I do not go out after another pitcher to take Motte place. The Cards have to many good young arms in the system to give up for a so call closer. They can go back to Whitey ball or early LaRussa era and close by committee.

Yeah, that is probably the smart route. The young arms are impressive, there just isn't closer experience.

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