The Cardinals closer role continues to rotate. Pitching coach Dave Duncan said Sanchez will no longer handle the ninth-inning role. Sanchez was given a long leash, but has struggled recently.
The rookie has converted four of five saves chances, but his control has been erratic. A 13.20 K/9 is what you want from a closer, but a 6.6 BB/9 isn't. In his last seven games, he has walked at least one batter and 10 overall in that span. He blew a save in his last appearance Friday.
Fernando Salas and Mitchell Boggs will be in the mix for saves. Salas has converted all three chances this season. In 15 2/3 innings, he has a 14/5 K/BB ratio with a 1.15 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
Boggs converted saves in three consecutive apperances before blowing one on April 26 against the Astros where he allowed four hits and one earned run while getting two outs and took the loss. Boggs has pitched 18 2/3 innings and allowed 16 hits with a 19/3 K/BB ratio. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.