St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Monday, July 25, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 2, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) By Brian Blanco
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan delivers to the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) By Ann Heisenfelt
(Baseball StL) --Look out for Kyle McClellan today and in the near future to see what kind of start he gets off to. It's been a trying last several months for the St. Louis native.
After three exceptional years in the bullpen from 2008-2010, McClellan finally got the opportunity he wanted in the starting rotation.
That was as Adam Wainwright's fill-in to begin 2011. Well after getting off to a very good start McClellan fatigued in the middle portion of the year (due in large part to the fact he hadn't thrown starters innings since the minor leagues) and the organization was forced to put him back in the bullpen once it acquired Edwin Jackson.
But going back to the 'pen didn't solve McClellan's fatigue and he was left off the postseason roster for two of the three series.
Now that he's had a full offseason to rest and he's back in the bullpen for the season I'm curious to see how well he does. The last time he was in the 'pen for a full year he was dominant (2010).
And with Lance Lynn starting as a replacement for Chris Carpenter the Cardinals are going to need McClellan as a potential set-up man to Jason Motte.