Broxton could see save chances with Trevor Rosenthal removed from the closer role, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Seugn Hwan Oh and Kevin Siegrist were also mentioned by manager Mike Matheny as candidates to see save opportunities. Broxton seems like a distant third in the competition, as he has a walk rate over 12 percent and a FIP over 4.00 this season, but the 32-year-old does have experience closing games.
Broxton (1-0) pitched two innings of one-hit baseball in Friday's 9-3 extra-inning victory over the Pirates. He struck out a batter. The veteran righty got the job done over his two frames, and secured his first win of the season after the Cardinals' six-run explosion in the top half of the 12th inning. The 31-year-old now has six consecutive scoreless outings, and has pitched well overall this season outside of two forgettable outings. Broxton has recorded five holds, while also sporting a 23:14 K:BB ratio.
Broxton struck out one in a scoreless inning of work Friday against Los Angeles. Broxton has now logged two consecutive no-hit, no-walk, innings and has tallied two strikeouts during that time. The 31-year-old middle-reliever now owns a 2.40 ERA and 9 K/9 ratio over 15 innings.
Broxton pitched a scoreless eighth inning, walking two and striking out one in the Cardinals 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday. Broxton has been used mainly as the eighth inning guy and has pitched well. He's only given up one earned run over 5.1 innings and has struck out seven batters. He'll continue to be counted on in the seventh or eighth innings before Trevor Rosenthal takes the hill in the ninth.
Broxton pitched a scoreless seventh Friday against Detroit, giving up two singles in the process. Broxton has pitched five innings this spring, allowing four hits and a run while striking out two and walking one. He's looked solid and should be in line for a fair amount of bridge work in getting the Cardinals to their setup men and closer. The role will make his hold numbers hard to project, though, so he probably won't hold much value in all but the deepest of leagues.