Roster depth can sometimes take on a lesser role when it comes to the playoffs but that hasn’t been the case with the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Mike Matheny has utilized his entire eight-man bullpen while a bench that lacks much firepower has also contributed to the team’s postseason success.
While the Cards will likely need their big bats to come through, it sure does help when Daniel Descalso is starting rallies, Shane Robinson is hitting pinch-hit homers and rookie relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness and Carlos Martinez are shutting down opponents.
With All-Star Edward Mujica taken out of a high-leverage role after a rough September and primary setup man Trevor Rosenthal stepping into his closer’s role, the Cardinals have turned to Martinez, a 22-year-old right-hander who came into the season as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
The “on paper” match-ups might not work in their favor, but that hasn’t stopped them thus far.