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07:02 AM ET 05.09 | At some point, Cards rookie reliever Seth Maness might get roughed up, but the start to his career has been incredibly efficient. On his first eight pitches in the big leagues, Maness had five outs and a win. On his first 10, he had nine strikes and seven outs. "Is it possible for him to get 100 wins with less than 100 pitches?" ace Adam Wainwright recalled musing with his fellow pitchers on the bench. "I'm not good enough at math for that," fellow starter Lance Lynn joked. ... Since his debut on Friday as part of the new-look bullpen, Maness has two wins and 10 outs, all on a total of 18 pitches. Like Maness, the Cardinals' bullpen has had a quick and efficient turnaround.

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May 9, 2013  07:59 AM ET

That's nothin, when Pop was in the Negro Leagues, he could play every position on the field in one game.
AT THE SAME TIME.
Yep, he was fast enough to pitch the ball, be his own catcher, and run down a ball hit to the fence.
Once the bases were loaded with him and he hit a grand slam to drive himselves in.

May 9, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Ruthless efficiency.

May 9, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I'm going to start importing St Louis' water for my personal consumption.

May 9, 2013  10:42 AM ET

If I remember the cartoon correctly, Bugs Bunny struck a guy out on one pitch.

May 9, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That's nothin, when Pop was in the Negro Leagues, he could play every position on the field in one game.AT THE SAME TIME.Yep, he was fast enough to pitch the ball, be his own catcher, and run down a ball hit to the fence.Once the bases were loaded with him and he hit a grand slam to drive himselves in.

"You big dummy!"

May 9, 2013  11:54 AM ET

I really like the look of this kid. How many more arms like this are in our system? I'm not used to this kind of non-stop pitching talent. Did the Cardinals hire someone from the Braves or Giants organizations?

May 9, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If I remember the cartoon correctly, Bugs Bunny struck a guy out on one pitch.

The amazing slow ball!

May 9, 2013  02:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I really like the look of this kid. How many more arms like this are in our system? I'm not used to this kind of non-stop pitching talent. Did the Cardinals hire someone from the Braves or Giants organizations?

I agree. It's a far cry from when our tope pitching "prospects" were guys like Blake Hawksworth, Adam Ottavino and Brad Thompson.

May 9, 2013  08:28 PM ET

I hope his success continues but half of those stats came against the pathetic Cubbies. That's like beating a rookie league team or the Marlins.

 
May 10, 2013  04:55 PM ET

The man behind the Cardinals success in developing young player is now the GM of the Astros Jeff Luhnow.

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