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Trevor Rosenthal | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cowley County (KS) JC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 21 (0) / STL
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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role.
It's jarring to see one of the best closers in baseball demoted to a setup role but Matheny is making the right move. Rosenthal has unraveled this month, pitching to a nightmarish 14.14 ERA over his last 10 outings. Friday's meltdown against Seattle was the nail in the coffin. Matheny says the Cardinals will go with a closer by committee with Seung Hwan Oh, Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist all getting save chances. All three are worth speculative adds. Rosenthal is too good to be banished from the ninth inning permanently, but it may take some time for him to win back Matheny's trust. Jun 25 - 9:03 PM

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny declined to commit to Trevor Rosenthal as his closer after he gave up a walk-off three-run homer in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

Rosenthal didn't retire any of the three batters he faced Friday and gave up a walk-off homer to Adam Lind. It was his third rough appearance in his last five and he now owns a 5.63 ERA and 2.03 WHIP for the year. Matheny has stood behind his closer until now, but he's clearly at the end of his rope. "Yeah, I don't know," said Matheny when asked how the team moves forward with Rosenthal in the ninth inning. "I don't know the answer right now." Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh are both worth stashing in fantasy leagues.
Jun 25 - 9:41 AM

Trevor Rosenthal gave up a three-run homer without retiring a batter to take a blown save and a loss Friday against the Mariners.

It's still just Rosenthal's third blown save, but his job is very much in jeopardy again. After inheriting a 3-1 lead tonight, he gave up a double, a walk and a homer to open the ninth. It's the walks, not so much the hits, that have been his problem this season, but tonight's wasn't bad; Dae-Ho Lee just put together a strong at-bat against him. Still, the Cardinals seemed to be pretty much out of patience with him, and this could be the straw that broke their backs. If so, Kevin Siegrist could be the favorite for saves, with Seung-Hwan Oh continuing to work in the eighth.
Jun 25 - 1:19 AM

Trevor Rosenthal allowed a hit and a walk but struck out two and managed to close out the Cubs to earn his 14th save Tuesday.

It can never be easy with Rosenthal, and that was true Tuesday as well, as he put the tying run on second base with two outs and Matt Szczur at the plate. Szczur bounced out to short to end the threat, but it was another high-wire act from the 26-year-old closer, who has a 4.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP on the year. Two successful saves in the past two nights should give him some added job security, but Cards manager Mike Matheny would surely like to see some more convincing outings in the near future.
Jun 22 - 12:04 AM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched around two hits and a hit batter to work a scoreless ninth and record his 13th save Monday against the Cubs.

Manager Mike Matheny got Kevin Siegrist up after Rosenthal gave up a double to Albert Almora (on a ball that might have been caught by a center fielder more experienced than Kolten Wong) and hit Chris Coghlan. It was then that Rosenthal received probably his biggest gift of the season; he missed badly with a fastball to Ben Zobrist, but it hit the ump after Yadier Molina failed to snare it and Molina was able to grab it and throw out Almora on his way to third. Even better, Coghlan remained at first on the play and, thus, didn't score on Zobrist's subsequent single. Rosenthal was kept in even though the left-handed-hitting Jason Heyward followed, and he got Heyward to pop out to end it. It was probably a job-saving out for him.
Jun 20 - 11:28 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that Trevor Rosenthal is still the team's closer.

"We need him. We need him right," said Matheny. "However we’ve got to do that we will. But right now (we’re) not making any major statement about what our plans are." Rosenthal has been inconsistent all season, and it's gotten especially bad over the last week. For the year, he holds a 4.91 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, and 33/19 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Seung Hwan Oh and Kevin Siegrist are both worth stashing in deeper leagues.
Jun 20 - 10:38 AM

Trevor Rosenthal was ineffective once again Saturday, allowing two runs without recording an out in a loss to the Rangers.

Rosenthal was called on to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth inning. Instead, he allowed two quick singles before throwing a wild pitch and then hitting Robinson Chirinos to load the bases. His replacement, Kevin Siegrist, allowed two of the inherited runs to score, leaving Rosenthal with his second loss and inflating his ERA to 4.91 with a 1.91 WHIP. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have to think about making a change soon, at which point Seung-hwan Oh would likely assume ninth-inning duties. Intrepid owners should stash Oh just in case.
Jun 18 - 11:38 PM

Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his 12th save of the season Saturday against the Pirates.

St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez opened the ninth inning in search of his first career shutout, but he walked Gregory Polanco and then gave up a single to Jung Ho Kang so manager Mike Matheny called in his closer. Rosenthal recorded the final two outs with relative ease, inducing a groundout and whiffing Josh Harrison to end it. He blew a save in an eventual 12th-inning win over the Bucs on Friday night. The visiting Cardinals will be looking for a three-game sweep Sunday.
Jun 11 - 10:15 PM

Trevor Rosenthal earned his ninth save of the season Saturday night against the Giants.

Rosenthal struck out two of the three batters he faced in a dominant ninth, preserving the Cardinals' three-run lead. It was a much-needed bounceback for the hard-throwing right-hander, who walked all three Giants he faced on Friday and wound up getting charged with three earned runs. His control has been off and on all year.
Jun 4 - 9:59 PM

After entering with the Cardinals down 2-1, Trevor Rosenthal walked all three Giants he faced on Friday.

All three runners then came around to score after he was lifted, taking Rosenthal's ERA from 2.12 to 3.71. Obviously, Rosenthal has been having control problems and they're probably being exacerbated by how seldom he's getting to pitch. The Cardinals haven't had a save opportunity since May 18, and Rosenthal is currently on pace to throw about 20 innings less than usual. The Cardinals will keep a close eye on Rosenthal and could yank him from save chances if his control woes spill over, but there isn't any reason to remove him from the closer's role at this point. He's 8-for-9 saving games, and this is just the third time all year that he's been charged with an earned run.
Jun 4 - 12:27 AM

Trevor Rosenthal notched his eighth save of the season Wednesday night against the Rockies.

Rosenthal issued a leadoff walk to former teammate Mark Reynolds, but he rallied to strike out Gerardo Parra and then he induced a game-ending double play groundout from DJ LeMahieu. Rosenthal has walked 11 batters in 13 innings this season, but he holds a 1.38 ERA with 20 strikeouts and he's 8-for-9 in save opportunities.
May 18 - 11:16 PM

Trevor Rosenthal slammed the door on the Dodgers on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run advantage.

Rosenthal picked up his seventh save of the season for his troubles. He made things interesting by walking Adrian Gonzalez to start the inning, but battled back to strike out Yasmani Grandal and then induce a double play ground ball. The 25-year-old hurler now boasts a 1.50 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through his first 12 innings on the season.
May 15 - 11:12 PM

Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Saturday against the Pirates.

Rosenthal was credited with the victory after Matt Carpenter smashed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. He entered the game with a 4-3 advantage but lost it when David Freese scored on a two-out double by Starling Marte. Rosenthal was extremely fortunate as Marte's hit bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. Had it stayed in play, Gregory Polanco certainly would have scored from third base. Rosenthal remains one of the game's best closers with five saves and an excellent 1.80 ERA. Saturday was just a blip on the radar.
May 7 - 6:23 PM

Trevor Rosenthal collected his 100th career save Wednesday in the Cardinals' 5-3 defeat of the Cubs.

Rosenthal was locked in for this one, whiffing all three batters he faced on just 13 pitches. And those batters: Miguel Montero, Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler. The flamethrowing Cardinals closer is 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season with 14 strikeouts in six innings. He should remain a top-tier fantasy closer all summer long.
Apr 20 - 7:56 PM

Trevor Rosenthal earned his third save of the season Sunday in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Reds.

Rosenthal has struggled this year in non-save situations, but he's been excellent when given a lead. He blew the Reds away on 12 pitches Sunday, and nine of those pitches for strikes. The flamethrowing right-hander whiffed two of the three batters he faced.
Apr 17 - 5:13 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Kolten Wong
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris