Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 1 week ago

Rosenthal (2-1) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth despite allowing two hits Monday against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rosenthal was shaky, but in the end he managed to bounce back from a two-run outing Saturday against the Diamondbacks in which he gave up his second home run of the season, and he was rewarded with the win via a Randal Grichuk walk-off homer. Even though he's always been somewhat wild, Rosenthal's WHIP is now up to 1.800, and as nasty as he is, he's going to find it hard to strike his way out of all the jams he works himself into if he keeps this up. But the other shoe hasn't dropped yet, and he owns a nifty 2.40 ERA.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 2 weeks ago

Rosenthal worked around a walk while recording a strikeout in a scoreless ninth Wednesday for his eighth save of the year.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's notched saves in consecutive appearances after getting the hook in mid-opportunity last Thursday, but Rosenthal's ongoing tendency to issue walks has to remain a major concern for his fantasy owners. The nearly 26-year-old closer has 11 walks in 13 innings, though his 20 strikeouts and 1.38 ERA do offer a strong measure of consolation. Still, his FIP is two full points higher than his ERA, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him experience some regression -- and thus some blown saves -- if he can't get his control straight.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 3 weeks ago

Rosenthal got the call in the ninth Thursday after the Angels pulled within striking distance, but he walked all three batters he faced before getting pulled from the game.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kevin Siegrist came in and finished it off after Seth Maness and Rosenthal made a mess of the game's final frame. The Cardinals' closer was able to throw just two strikes among 14 pitches. Rosenthal's now issued six walks in his last three appearances, a concerning trend that's no small contributor to his 1.64 WHIP on the year. Some good fortune has helped him keep his ERA down, but if he doesn't improve his control, the Cards could be forced to work Siegrist in for more save chances.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 3 weeks ago

Rosenthal had to work around a couple walks in the ninth inning Wednesday, but he kept the Angels off the board for his sixth save.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While it's hard to say anything bad about a closer with a 1.64 ERA, Rosenthal's been less than amazing from a fantasy perspective due to a lack of opportunities (just seven save chances) and an inflated 1.36 WHIP in the early going. Of course, the sample size is so small, he can bring that number down in a hurry, and those 18 strikeouts in 11 innings go a long way toward compensating as well.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 3 weeks ago

Rosenthal (1-1) ended up with an unlikely victory despite surrendering a game-tying ground-rule double and a walk in an inning during Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Pirates. He also struck out a batter.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Cardinals closer was bailed out by Matt Carpenter's game-winning two run shot in the home half of the final frame, after Rosenthal had surrendered Starling Marte's game-tying two-bagger in the top of the inning. It was technically the 25-year-old's first blown save of the season, after he opened 2016 with a pristine 5-for-5 tally in save opportunities.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 1 month ago

Rosenthal navigated around a pair of hits with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to record his fourth save of the season Sunday versus the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The flamethrower allowed a pair of men to reach with one out, but he comfortably finished the job as he had a three-run lead behind him. Rosenthal is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities and is the owner of a stellar 19.3 K/9 rate, making him one of the most valuable fantasy closers going at the moment.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 1 month ago

Rosenthal struck out the side against the Cubs on Wednesday to earn his fourth save of 2016.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Cardinals closer made quick work of Miguel Montero, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, as he struck out all three batters in 13 pitches and only threw three balls. Ten of the last 12 outs Rosenthal has recorded over the last four outings have been strikeouts. Rosenthal has featured dominating stuff this April, but he did blow one save last week against Milwaukee. He is 4-for-5 in save opportunities.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 1 month ago

Rosenthal struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the season Sunday versus the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The flamethrower took the loss in his previous outing, but he looked sharp after a few days of res and threw nine of his 12 pitches for strikes as he retired the side in order. Rosenthal has an exceptional 21.6 K/9 rate through five appearances this season, and he seems poised once again to deliver top-notch fantasy returns for his owners.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 2 months ago

Rosenthal pitched 1.1 innings Sunday, giving up two hits, a walk and an unearned run with four strikeouts, to pick up his second save of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He earned the save the hard way, entering the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning to protect a one-run lead before the Cards blew things open in the top of the ninth. He's been even more dominant than usual in the early going, though, and of the 10 outs Rosenthal has recorded so far in 2016, eight have come via strikeout.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 2 months ago

Roesenthal hasn't been as sharp as hoped this spring as he's given up four runs (three earned) in five innings pitched while allowing seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rosenthal does seem to be slowly rounding into form as his last two outings he hasn't walked a batter and has struck out four in two innings. Short of an injury, though, a rough spring isn't enough to put his Opening Day role as closer in doubt.