Matheny going with a "fluid" situation in the 9th inning

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Matheny going with a "fluid" situation in the 9th inning

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by Brian Feldman, Baseball STL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 8:25 PM

(KMOV) -- With All Star closer Edward Mujica clearly struggling this month - he has a 9.45 ERA in September - manager Mike Matheny says they are going to go with a "fluid" situation in the 9th inning. 

He says his decision on who to go with on a given night will depend on a lot of different factors that are in play at the time.

"Where we are right now, we have to get outs," Matheny said.  "We have to win games.  I'll put in whoever we need to put in rolls can be something to help people at times but there's other times when you just need to put roles aside and you go get outs regardless of the inning and what the situation is.  We're trying to put guys in situations where they can succeed."

And if you think age or experience has anything to do with it, it does not.  Remember Adam Wainwright closed out a World Series title in 2006 when he was just a rookie.

"Our last save was from a kid (Carlos Martinez) barely over 20 years old who had barely been doing it," Matheny said.  "We look at everything and how they're feeling, how the matchups look, rest, their last experience with that particular team or that particular player, everything is something we put into play.  Then we come up with what we think is our best chance,"

As for the rest of the guys in the bullpen, they say they just have to be ready for anything.

"Ya, I think so.  But on the same token without (Edward) Mujica we wouldn't be where we're at right now," Trevor Rosenthal said.  "So I think you need to give him a lot of credit and we're still going to lean on him and for him to carry the team late in the game."

Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist and John Axford appear to be the likeliest candidates to get a chance to close out games if Matheny decides to go with someone other than Mujica.

 

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