The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that. “That’s not a goal at all,” Matheny said. “It will define itself in time. It’s completely different this year, where we have a number of different guys. Having a number of guys that could finish a game would be great. “At times last year when Rosey (Trevor Rosenthal) was throwing the ball real well and (Seung Hwan) Oh was locked in. . . to be able to have a couple of options where you’re not beating one guy up more than another, that’s always going to help a team when you have that much flexibility. “I’m not going to tell you today that when we have to leave here and we head to Montreal (for the last two exhibition games) that ‘this’ is the guy who’s going to pitch the ninth. I’m not going to tell you that. Could we go all season with that? Maybe. And maybe be real successful doing that with multiple guys. Guys should come in and be prepared to pitch significant innings and then trust us with what inning that’s going to be." John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said recently he deemed veteran free agent Luke Gregerson the closer for now. But Bud Norris had 19 saves for the Los Angeles Angels last year and Tyler Lyons has closer experience here.
Matheny in no rush to designate Cardinals closer
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 22