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Pitched out

The rainout Sunday against the Cubs ruined my evening plans... especially since the Blues weren't able to put up much of a fight against Vancouver. But it may have been the best thing possible for the Cardinals burned up bullpen.

On Saturday the Cardinals said their pen men were so fried that the team planned to demote third baseman David Freese to Class AAA Memphis in order to call up a 13 pitcher, things had gotten so desperate.

It's hard to characterize the move as an improvement when there are at least a couple of pitchers on the roster who ought to be riding the busses in the minors. Supposed closer competitors Jason Motte and Chris Perez haven't been impressive in the least bit. Meanwhile Josh Kinney -- the guy who was supposed to replace Russ Springer -- is back in Memphis after being ineffective in his comeback from two years on the shelf. Brad Thompson also got his ticket to Memphis punched with ineffective pitching.

Mitchell Boggs is just taking up space while the Cardinals try to come up with a solution for the loss of ace Chris Carpenter and P.J. Walters settled in after a rough start Friday in Chicago. But he could probably benefit from a full season in Memphis instead of being in St. Louis on an emergency basis.