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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.