(BaseballSTL) -- You have to respect the job Mike Matheny has done as manager for the St. Louis Cardinals since he’s taken the job from Tony La Russa. Seriously, it’s a tough gig. And in the end being the manager of a Major League Baseball team is a bottom line business.
Either you win or you lose. And Matheny is winning.
However, having said that, it’s awfully discouraging watching the same two pitchers throw almost every inning for the Cardinals out of the bullpen night in and night out.
That would be a great thing if this was October 15th. But it’s not. It’s April 15th.
Would you believe me if I told you Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal have nearly combined for more innings between the two of them this season (17) than every other pitcher in the bullpen (18.2)? That would include Pat Neshek, Kevin Siegrist, Randy Choate, Seth Maness and Keith Butler.
Two pitchers pitching nearly as many innings as five other guys combined. Wow.
I can understand why, to be honest. Martinez might have the best stuff on the entire team and is billed as a future starter. We all know how good Rosenthal is as closer even as he works some kinks out to begin the season.
On the other hand, Mike Matheny clearly doesn’t trust Seth Maness and Keith Butler. Randy Choate and Pat Neshek are specialists. Kevin Siegrist? I’m not sure why he hasn’t gotten as much of a run as the initial two.
The point here is in mid-April it’s very hard to lean heavily on just a couple guys while virtually ignoring two more. That’s not the way you run a marathon. You’ll run out of gas at some point. Even if Jason Motte returns to form and helps out with some of the late inning assignments that still might not be enough to save Martinez and Rosenthal from getting run into the ground.
Heck, Martinez has thrown nearly as many innings as Shelby Miller this season (11.1 compared to 9.2). How crazy is that? A reliever has nearly thrown as much as a starter. I don’t care if it’s just the middle of April. That should never happen.
Something is going to have to change. Someone is going to have to step up and gain Matheny’s trust so he doesn’t keep going back to the Rosenthal/Martinez well too often.