Maness agreed to a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Friday, avoiding arbitration. His peripherals remained mostly intact from 2014, but the results for Maness last season were a far cry from those from the previous two years. He posted a 4.26 ERA, up from 2.91, as right-handed hitters did more damage against the 27-year-old. Maness racked up 20 holds but may see a slight reduction in high-leverage work with Seung-Hwan Oh now on the roster.
Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness coughed up three runs on three hits, walking one and striking out one over one-plus innings in an 8-3 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon. He allowed a two-run home run to Starlin Castro in the fifth inning, and departed after facing one batter in the sixth, as the Cubs would add three more runs to break the game open. It was a rough day for the Cardinals' mound corps which issued 11 walks and 10 hits to the surging Cubs.
Cardinals reliever Seth Maness couldn't protect a one-run lead and ended up taking his first loss of the year, Tuesday against the Cubs. Maness entered in the sixth inning and stranded the tying run. In the seventh, he surrendered a walk and two singles on three consecutive batters. He was charged with two earned runs after the bullpen allowed the runners to score. Maness blew his second save of the season and dropped to 3-1.
Seth Maness pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win for the Cardinals on Saturday. Maness moved to 3-0 on the year with his first win since June 26.
With reliever Jordan Walden out until at least late June, the Cardinals are looking for someone to handle the eighth-inning setup role. Kevin Siegrist got the opportunity on Friday, pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. "It's a role I would like to have," he said, per StLToday.com. He'll get a shot at winning the role, as will Seth Maness and Matt Belisle. "I think it's going to be a combination of matchups, I think it's going to be availability, and it is going to be playing the hot hand," Matheny said. "It's going to be a combination of all of those until we have somebody who just puts himself as this is my job. We'll give a few guys that opportunity."