With the bullpen’s ERA rising to 5.93 the St. Louis Cardinals have to do something. Their first attempt to find a solution comes from Memphis in the form of Seth Maness, a right handed pitcher who has made a total of four appearances in AAA in his career. Before getting called up, he was 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA, 18 strikeouts and 3 walks in 4 starts at AAA this season. Maness was 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 27 starts between A and AA ball in 2012, earning him the honor of being named the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season. He will take Marc Rzepczynski’s place in the bullpen and will be in uniform tonight when the Cardinals open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Busch Stadium.
Rzepczynski’s demotion shouldn’t come as a surprise. The lefty has had a rough start to his season, allowing 7 earned runs in just 8 innings of work this season. Another issue for the Cardinals reliever had been his inability to keep inherited runners from scoring this season. He allowed two such runners to score on Sunday and has allowed 6 of 7 inherited runners to score this season. He has no decisions and will take his 7.88 ERA with him to Memphis, where he will hope to find confidence and consistency.