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Motte vs. Perez

It's ironic that the Cardinals front office refused to make a deal to help the team at the deadline in 2008 because everybody wanted Jason Motte and the GM John Mozeliak refused to part with him.





So, instead they parted with Chris Perez this season is a deal to get Mark DeRosa. Now Motte is on the verge of washing out to class AAA and Perez seems like he has rounded into the righthanded setup guy the Cardinals so desperately need.





Perez, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, hasn't allowed a run in his last 15 appearances. Motte threw one pitch Sunday. And it was deposited over the outfield wall...





Motte's ERA has risen to 5.89, going up a point and a half in the last month and he clearly has lost his confidence. I don't think I have ever seen such a hittable 96 MPH fastball...





It still might pan out that the Cardinals made the right longterm decision. If Motte can become more of a pitcher than a thrower, he seems to have the better arm. But he seems to tend to overthrow, which flattens out his stuff, weakening his best pitch. He also hangs out near the middle of the plate WAY too much. He needs to come up with a decent slider or split finger pitch AND a curve or a changeup if he is ever going to be a major league closer.





The Cardinals have a lot of options for that righthanded set up job, and a player like DeRosa who is on the field for nine innings every game, is a lot more valuable than a righty reliever who pitches an inning every other game or so... First, if he isn't needed more in the rotation, there is our new best friend John Smoltz. Don't forget the guy who came out of nowhere to fill the job in 2006: Josh Kinney, who likely will be called up Sept. 1. (He was on the 25 man roster earlier this year, making him eligible for post season play.) Kyle McClellan has been spotty but ought to be able to do the job...

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