(The Chirp) -- On Monday night, after a solid five innings of work by starter Lance Lynn, anchored by another Cardinals offensive explosion, the bullpen nearly had another one of "those nights."
You would like to think that with 10 runs on the board, just about any lead is safe, but lately, the bullpen has shown leaks and have kept the fan base on the edge of their seats.
Interim closer Mitchell Boggs has two blown save since taking over the role, and with Motte's future uncertain, questions are arising concerning the closer position long term, if Motte is out for the year.
One idea floating around the internet lately, is the Cardinals taking a look at former Giants closer Brian Wilson. Wilson is currently a free agent and looking for work. But would he be the answer the Cardinals are looking for at the back of the rotation.
Stlsportsminute.com's Corey Rudd says no. In his latest post, he explains why:
With Jason Motte's elbow injury shelving him likely for the season, St. Louis Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny has been left to shuffle the roles in his bullpen from a year ago. Mitchell Boggs has moved from the eighth to the ninth inning and 22 year old Trevor Rosenthal has taken the eighth inning reigns for now.
Both relievers have been ultimately disasterous, leaving Cardinals fans wondering if general manager John Mozeliak will make a move to shore up the bullpen.
Former San Francisco Giants closer and All-star Brian Wilson is available and some may find him as an attractive option. But at this point, Wilson would not solve the Cardinals' bullpen woes and here is why.
Wilson had some fantastic years during his time in San Francisco, posting 163 saves for the Giants in 2008-2011. Four years of averaging 40.25 saves per season is rather good.
But Wilson is coming off his second Tommy John surgery of his career, which usually is doomsday for most pitchers. Coming back from one Tommy John surgery obviously can be done, but coming back from the second usually does not produce favorable results.
While Wilson was a dominant closer before his second Tommy John surgery and it is possible that he can be an effective reliever again, he also comes with an extraordinary amount of baggage.
The last time the world saw Wilson, he was in the dugout making his fingers dance on the head of a teammate during last year's World Series. Wilson is an absolute clown and if Cardinals' fans were annoyed by the quirkiness of former shortstop Brendan Ryan, how annoyed would they be Wilson's antics the first time he blows a save in Cardinals' uniform?
Then there is "The Beard" which is another unnecessary distraction.
Finally, if the Cardinals were to bring in Wilson, who would go from the bullpen? Boggs and Rosenthal have struggled and the bullpen as a whole has not been good, but nobody deserves to be released, optioned or demoted down to Memphis anytime soon.
The Cardinals' bullpen is full of talent and it is highly unlikely that this collection of relievers will continue to be this bad over the course of the entire season. The law of averages will play out.
But even if they do not and help is needed, Brian Wilson would not be the answer. Nobody is ever sure what to expect off the field from Wilson and unfortunately, after his second Tommy John surgery, nobody knows what to expect from him when he does land with a team.
Corey Rudd is the owner and founder ofStlSportsMinute.com(@StlSportsMinute) and hosts The Cruddy Show(@CruddyShow),a St. Louis sports talk show, every Tuesday and Friday night at 9:30 pm CT. You can also follow Rudd on Twitter (@CoreyRudd).