The Cardinals, like the Red Sox, have won multiple tight games over the course of their pennant run. Unlike the Tigers’ bullpen, which the Red Sox hitters mostly used as a punching bag, the Cardinals relievers shut down the hot hitters of the Pirates and Dodgers over 11 playoff games. The St. Louis bullpen has pitched 30 innings and has a 1.80 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .177 batting average.
Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals’ 100-mph throwing rookie closer, has allowed just three hits and no runs over seven innings in six appearances. Saving three games, Rosenthal has also struck out nine and walked just two this postseason.
No Red Sox players have ever faced Rosenthal.