Post season roster questions; Motte sets team record

8:30 AM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
Marc Rzepczynski (34) pitches in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
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(The Chirp) -- LHP Marc Rzepczynski, an important man in last year's postseason but almost forgotten lately, has thrown only one inning in the last two weeks but surely will get some action on Wednesday as the Cardinals try to decide who will be on their roster for Atlanta. Manager Mike Matheny said, "What Marc does bring is a lot of experience in that situation -- what was given to him last year and what he earned. He came through big. We do need to get him going, but Sam (rookie LHP Sam Freeman) is also throwing the ball well. We've got a couple of decisions to make."

LF Matt Holliday, who has struggled while battling lower back issues, is hitting with more authority over the last four games. With two singles on Tuesday, he is 6 for his last 15.

CF Jon Jay, who has been the consummate leadoff man since he was stationed there a couple of months ago, had a double and a single in his first two times up, giving him 21 multi-hit games since Aug. 6.

RHPs Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly, both of whom are apt to be on the postseason roster, worked the last three innings in scoreless fashion Tuesday, and Kelly gave up the only hit in his two innings. Rosenthal, hitting 100 miles an hour with one pitch, fanned both 2B Brandon Phillips and 1B Joey Votto, the Reds' best two hitters, in a 1-2-3 seventh.

RHP Jason Motte has all 41 of the club's saves. That never has happened before in club history.


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