Never believe in Santa Closer

A belief in having a designated 9th-inning closer is costing teams. The St. Louis Cardinals have now been bitten by this belief, big-time.

As St. Louis Cardinals fans know, high leverage pitching situations can happen anywhere, in any inning of the game. They should be serviced by the best available live arm. The best available live arm should be evaluated based on a host of factors.

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