The love for Doug Melvin, that is, and the very nice bullpen he's put together.
Again, it's worth pointing out that aside from Ricky Bottalico, who's making the staggering sum of $800k, no one else in the 'pen is bringing home more than $360k.
Gary Glover, another one of Melvin's scrap-heap pickups, didn't look great today, but the bullpen really bailed him out--one run in two innings from Santana, followed by three scorless innings from de la Rosa, Adams, and Bottalico. Not only do we now seem to have a reliable closer, we have the luxury to give him a day off in a relatively low-risk save situation. It's worth noting that Santana didn't even make the team--he's only up while Sheets is on the DL--but he's outperforming the vast majority of MLB middle relievers. Last year he pitched in the Japanese minor leagues.
Now, if Mike Maddux can share his pixie dust recipe with Butch Wynegar, the Cardinals will have to settle for the wild card!
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