Matheny stands by Rosenthal despite recent struggles
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Trevor Rosenthal #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Miami Marlins at the Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) By Chris Trotman
(BaseballStL) -- He was arguably the most exciting player the Cardinals had at the end of last season. And after a brief bout with inconsistency in April, Trevor Rosenthal has largely been lights out for the team coming out of the bullpen this season.
His 2.65 ERA for the season attests to that.
But, lately, things have been a little rough for the young fireballer. He blew his fourth save of the season against the Pirates Thursday afternoon, his second of the series, and has given up four runs on five hits in his last three and two-thirds innings.
However, if you think manager Mike Matheny is even thinking about taking the 23-year-old righty out of his current role, think again.
"I think Trevor's had a tremendous season for us. You're going to have times when they put a pretty good swing on a pretty good pitch. It happens. But overall I'm ready to fire him back out there any time we have a lead," Matheny said.
Rosenthal doesn't think anything's wrong right now either. He just chalks everything he's going through up to the fact it's a long season.
"I'm just doing what I can. Going out there and giving it all every day. I feel good so I'll just keep battling and giving it all for the team," said Rosenthal.
He blamed the home run Russell Martin hit off of him in the 8th inning to tie the game on getting too aggressive after falling behind in the count. But, he believes, it's nothing to be overly concerned with moving forward.