This time of year is all about adjustments. Contending teams are trying to win games, trying to reach the postseason and avoid the coin-flippery of a one game play-in.
When “winning games” because the sole focus, it is easy — and often necessary — for the grand development plan to take a backseat. Managers need to focus on doing what they can to win games. Period.
The St. Louis Cardinals are not yet the official NL Central champions but it gets closer every day. The preseason World Series choice here at theScore are a very, very good team but they are not without their flaws.
Edward Mujica spent most of this season as the Cardinals closer. He made the all star team based on his performance in this crucial role, using his masterful split-fingered fastball to great effect. Until recently, that is.
After struggling and stumbling through the month of September, Mujica kept his job as the Cardinals closer. Manager Mike Matheny‘s stubborn refusal to make a change drawing the ire of local columnists.
But it is a playoff race and adjustments are required – so the Cardinals adjusted. Effective last night, Mujica is out as Cardinals closer as Matheny and the Birds opt for a matchup based approach using their two young fireballers – Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal.