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Cards' closer situation coming into focus

Cards' closer situation coming into focus

Cards' closer situation coming into focus
CHICAGO -- The pecking order in the Cardinals' bullpen is getting clearer.

To some extent, the club is still using a closer by committee, but Eduardo Sanchez has emerged as the chair of that committee. He's recorded four saves in four opportunities. Pitching coach Dave Duncan said Wednesday that when Sanchez is not available -- and that will happen sometimes, as the club will be careful with the 22-year-old -- he would prefer to turn to Mitchell Boggs or Fernando Salas in the ninth inning.

Boggs' profile has dropped significantly since a blown save in Houston, but he hasn't been forgotten. Duncan said he'd like to see a more consistent breaking ball from the right-hander.

As for right-hander Jason Motte, it appears that his current role is as the man who puts out fires. The club likes Motte's ability to come in during an inning with runners on base, a somewhat rough showing on Wednesday night notwithstanding.

"Last year he was very successful doing that, coming in in the middle of an inning and pitching out of it," Duncan said. "You have to kind of remember what he did there. Because there is a need for a guy like that."

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