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Cardinals' Rosenthal having a strong 2015
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Cardinals' Rosenthal having a strong 2015

Published Jun. 11, 2015 5:03 p.m. ET


Trevor Rosenthal saved 45 games for the Cardinals a season ago, but so far this year he may be even better than he was last year.

The hard-throwing right-hander has 20 saves in 21 opportunities, but it's the way in which he's closing games that has garnered attention.

"He had a pretty good year last year, too, but statistically, it looks a little different [this season]," manager Mike Matheny told "That has to do, too, with having advantage counts and working ahead -- kind of what his game-plan goals should look like in Spring Training."


Rosenthal agrees with his manager and believes that focusing on just throwing strikes has made a big difference.

"It's kind of a simple mindset; just kind of throwing strikes, really," Rosenthal said. "There's no great answer. It's not complicated. I'm just trying to throw better pitches, throw strikes, get them out sooner. It's easier said than done. That's what I was trying to do last year."


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