While St. Louis Cardinals fans are waiting for their team to make a big splash on the pitching market, the club made a more run of the mill type deal Wednesday.
The Redbirds have announced that they have inked former Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds hurler Matt Belisle to a one-year, $3.5-million contract.
Belisle, a 34-year-old righty, was 4-7 with a 4.87 ERA last season with the Rockies He allowed 74 hits and 19 walks in 64 2/3 innings and struck out 43. He was handled equally by lefty (.289 BAA) and righty (.295 BAA) batters in 2014. But his numbers were somewhat inflated by Coors Field where opponents hit .310 against him and he had a 4.55 ERA compared to .270 on the road with a 4.25 ERA.
For his career, Belisle has a 1.75 career ERA at Busch Stadium where he's 1-2 with 29 hits allowed in 36 innings of work and 0.97 runners allowed per inning pitched.
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Belisle seems to be pegged for a seventh inning or middle relief role with Trevor Rosenthal set to handle the ninth inning and Jordan Walden, acquired in the Jason Heyward trade, seemingly in line for the eighth inning.