Yet again, Kevin Siegrist proved to be a tremendous asset in the Cardinals' bullpen. His usage went down to 67 games (61.2 innings) from 2015's outrageous showing of 81 games (74.2 innings). He was just as efficient and notched a 26.6 percent strikeout rate and continued to show reverse splits. However, for the second straight year, he decreased his opponents' batting average against lefties, as they hit .221 with Siegrist on the mound, down from .278 in 2015. He continued his dominance of righties (.178/.265/.367 line against). Unfortunately for Siegrist, not every aspect of his game trended in the right direction. Although command has never been his strength, his lack of accuracy finally caught up to him and resulted in 10 home runs, giving him a 1.46 HR/9. He also blew more saves (five) than he converted (three). Despite these blemishes, Siegrist will resume his job in the late innings, which should result in upwards of 15 holds for the third year in a row.
Siegrist was credited with his first hold of the season in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Pirates, firing a scoreless eighth inning and walking one. The 27-year-old southpaw has bounced back from an April 10 outing against the Nationals in which he gave up four earned runs with a trio of scoreless one-inning appearances. His control problems persist, however, as he's now issued at least one free pass in five straight trips to the mound. Siegrist has mostly been able to get away with tempting fate that often, save for the aforementioned stumble.
Siegrist, who pitched a scoreless inning in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Yankees but issued two more walks, is suffering from both control problems and reduced velocity thus far in 2017, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "A little slow getting going," manager Mike Matheny said of the lefty. "At the end (of spring) he was getting close. He'll find his rhythm. He's a feel guy, and he feels a little off right now. He's working to fight to make big pitches in big situations. We're going to get him some consistent work." The 27-year-old has now put together back-to-back scoreless one-inning appearances, but he's also issued a pair of free passes in four straight trips to the mound. Siegrist has experienced reduced velocity as well, notching just four swinging strikes over 90 pitches and averaging 92.6 mph on his fastball, a drop of nearly one mile per hour from a season ago. Fatigue could be at play, as only four pitchers have appeared in more games than Siegrist's 153 since the beginning of the 2015 season. However, absent any setbacks, Matheny appears ready to afford Siegrist his customary workload this season, which could lead to double-digit holds for what would be a fifth consecutive campaign.
Siegrist, who pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in Saturday's Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins, now has a 1.50 ERA over six spring frames. Siegrist owns a .143 BAA and 0.83 WHIP as well, along with an 8:2 K:BB that rounds out what has been an outstanding spring. After racking up 45 holds -- along with nine saves in spot closer duty -- over the last two seasons, Siegrist looks primed for yet another season of robust usage as a valued left-handed component of the St. Louis bullpen.
Siegrist (shoulder) will make his first Grapefruit League appearance Wednesday against the Nationals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Siegrist's spring debut has been delayed by a bout of shoulder soreness, but after facing hitters over the weekend, he's been cleared to pitch in games. Assuming health prevails in 2017, Siegrist should serve as one of the top setup arms in the Cardinals bullpen after turning in sub-3.00 ERAs in each of the last two seasons.
Siegrist (shoulder) is scheduled to make his spring debut before the end of the week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Siegrist has been saddled with some shoulder tightness this spring, as he didn't throw his first bullpen session until Feb. 23. The 27-year-old lefty has been a pivotal part of the Cardinals' relief corps over the last two seasons; he produced a 6-3 record, 2.77 ERA and 17 holds over 61.2 innings in 2016.
|@ BUSCH STADIUM||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|