Bridging the gap from the Cardinals' starters to the back end of the bullpen had proven adventurous at times this season. Boggs had solidified himself as St. Louis' setup man, and the ninth inning and has been Motte's duty. What the Cards needed was a reliable arm to throw the in the sixth or seventh, and Boggs and Motte made it clear to Mujica that they hoped he'd be the guy for the job.
Mujica has delivered. In seven games with the Cardinals, the 28-year-old right-hander has thrown the seventh inning in each appearance and has yet to allow a run.
"If he can go out there and do that, get us deep into the ballgame, that's what it's all about, cutting down the outs until the end of the ballgame," said Motte.
On Wednesday, things went just as a Motte and Boggs had drawn up upon Mujica's arrival, as the three combined for three scoreless innings without a hit in St. Louis' 5-2 win over Arizona.
That's a sequence the Cardinals hope can happen each night the bullpen is called on. And while Mujica said he's comfortable in his middle-inning role, he added that he warms up and prepares just the same whenever the bullpen phone rings for him.
"I feel good right now," Mujica said. "They're using me in pretty good situations, and I'm just trying to go out there and go 100 percent every day."