October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win

Early in the 2011 season, a five-inning start from Chris Carpenter wouldn’t have been enough for the Cardinals and their beleaguered bullpen. By October, however, the Cardinals’ once-shaky bullpen had become key to their success, as evidenced by the four innings of scoreless relief provided by Fernando Salas, Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason MotteContinue reading “October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win”

July 27, 2011: Cardinals trade Rasmus to Toronto, bolster their pitching for World Series run

When the Cardinals and Blue Jays exchanged eight players just a few days prior to the trade deadline on July 27, 2011, most of the focus understandably centered on 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus. After all, Rasmus had long been considered the Cardinals’ top prospect, destined to fill Jim Edmonds’ shoes as St. Louis’s nextContinue reading “July 27, 2011: Cardinals trade Rasmus to Toronto, bolster their pitching for World Series run”