Monday, June 30, 2008

bogg(s)les the mind

Mitchell Boggs, another product of the Cardinals' farm system--drafted in the fifth round in 2005--and otherwise unknown hard-throwing righty, has been nothing but impressive since making his first ML start for the Redbirds this season.

June 10 at Cincinnati pitched 5 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits/3 walks/no strike-outs earned his first W (1-0) 

June 15 vs Philadelphia pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed 4 runs on 6 hits/2 walks/3 strike-outs no-decision, but the team won 

June 21 at Boston pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed 3 runs on 5 hits/2 walks/1 strike-out picked up his second W (2-0) 

June 28 at Kansas City pitched 6 innings, allowed 1 run on 4 hits/4 walks/6 strike-outs earned his third W (3-0) His last start (Saturday), he seemed to be struggling at first (allowing 3 walks in the first two innings), but recovered and improved as the innings wore on. 

That seems to be his pattern over the season, as well. He made his ML debut as a reliever and wasn't sharp for that outing, but every time he takes the mound he seems to get better. Maybe he's just more comfortable as a starter, or maybe he needed time to find his rhythm. Either way, he's been a terrific addition to a rotation that hasn't turned out like anyone could have foreseen.