Cardinals sign MacDougal
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:29 am
After back-to-back late-inning meltdowns, the Cardinals have gotten to the desperate stage with their bullpen, signing former All-Star closer Mike MacDougal.
MacDougal, who opted out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals earlier this month, was an All-Star with the Royals in 2003 and logged 20 saves for the Nationals last season. He pitched last night for Triple-A Memphis, allowing two runs on two hits in an inning. That pretty much stays in line with his performance this season. MacDougal had bounced between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' system this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 4.71 ERA in 21 appearances.
Despite the Cardinals' bullpen blowups the last two nights, their relievers have been good this season. Before Tuesday's epic fail of a ninth inning, St. Louis ranked second in bullpen ERA in the National League.
MacDougal, 33, is a former first-round pick by Kansas City and has 70 saves in his career, but has struggled with his controll in recent years. Last season, even as saved 20 games for the Nationals, he had as many walks as strikeouts (31).
But this is Dave Duncan, who can seemingly turn around nearly any pitcher, so if it's a good arm and a head problem -- or an arm problem and good head (i.e. Jeff Suppan), he's at least got a shot at turning him around.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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