I think every Cardinals fan can understand why the team would make a move -- some move, any move, to try to shake up the St. Louis bullpen.
But, with that being said, I am still scratching my head at both the player the Birds sent out -- and the one they called up to take his place.
Marc Rzepczynski, whom the Cardinals traded for in 2011 as part of the Colby Rasmus deal, was the drawer of the short straw. Granted, he's been pretty bad with a 7.88 ERA thanks to 13 hits allowed in eight innings of work.
But those crummy numbers don't stand out in the awful St. Louis bullpen. Mitchell Boggs has an ERA of 12.66 and Joe Kelly's is up to 8.31 after a bad weekend.
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And why Maness?
He's a talented prospect. But he wasn't exactly dominating Class AAA hitters. He's allowed 34 hits in 25 innings in four starts at Memphis. That's by far the most of any Memphis starter including John Gast who has started five games. In 23 innings of work Michael Wacha has surrendered 14 hits.
I'm glad that the Cardinals did SOMETHING with the bullpen. But I'm not inspired that this move is going to be a difference maker. It's probably more of a statement to the other relievers that they better get their act together than it is a nuts and bolts move to improve the results of the St. Louis pen.