Should the Cardinals be worried about closer Trevor Rosenthal?


Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has struggled this postseason, allowing 10 of the 21 batters he faced to reach base, but not surprisingly manager Mike Matheny is sticking with the 24-year-old right-hander in the ninth-inning role.

Here’s what Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

He’s still our closer. Hopefully we have a lead late in the game and can go to him again. The people who have watched our club closely this season realize that [Game 2] was not that uncommon to what we’ve seen this year and still Trevor was right at the top of the list of closers in the [NL]. He finds a way to get it done.

“He finds a way to get it done” is a common refrain for closers right up until the time they stop finding that way, but Rosenthal converted 45 of 51 save chances during the regular season and allowed just one run in his final 11 appearances. Of course, he also walked 42 batters in 70 innings and his control was the problem in Game 2, leading to Matheny removing him from the game mid-inning.

If nothing else, Rosenthal figures to have a shorter leash for a while and Matheny may be a little quicker to have another reliever warming up in the bullpen during his appearances.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: