Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 25 Days

Rosenthal is examining his approach to the closer role this year, including the possibility of pitching exclusively from the stretch, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Rosenthal was more effective from the stretch last year and is looking to improve his results against the first batter he faces in appearances. Letting the first batter reach last year was a big part of some of his struggles during the season.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 6 Months

Rosenthal was charged with a blown save Tuesday, giving up one earned run on one hit and two walks against the Brewers.

The Cardinals' closer hadn't given up a run since Aug. 25, with Tuesday's appearance ending a streak of seven straight scoreless appearances. It hasn't been a very smooth year for Rosenthal, as this was his sixth blown save and he also has an unsightly 1.41 WHIP. However, the strikeouts (85) and saves (44) have been there for fantasy owners, and if Rosenthal was going to lose his closer job, it would have happened already.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal pitched a perfect ninth inning to nail down his 44th save of the season in the win over Colorado Sunday.

Rosenthal struck out the side on 18 pitches without allowing a baserunner. At just 24, he appears to be joining Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen as the best young closers in baseball.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal closed the door on the Cardinals sixth straight win, picking up his 42nd save allowing two walks and striking out one.

Rosenthal's strikeouts and save numbers have delivered for fantasy owners this season, even if some of his secondary numbers have been a little disappointing. He'll no doubt close the season as a top 5 fantasy closer, and should enter next season with the same expectations. He's still clearly behind the likes of Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal earned his 41st save of the season Monday against the Pirates as he recorded two strikeouts in one scoreless inning.

Rosenthal has been shaky of late, but 41 saves is nothing to sneeze at. The Cardinals have stuck with him in the ninth inning and will likely continue to do so unless he completely implodes.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a walk, to get the save in the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Rosenthal now has 40 saves on the year. He has four saves in his last four appearances. However, he's walked nine batters in his last six innings. His ERA moved to 3.54 as a result of the outing.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal earned his 39th save of the season Monday against the Pirates as he pitched one inning and allowed one run, one hit and one walk to go along with one strikeout.

Rosenthal was able to earn the save Monday, but had another shaky outing. He has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances and although he continues to see save opportunities, he is not as reliable as he was earlier this season.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal secured the last two outs in the ninth inning to record his 37th save of the year in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Reds.

With things getting interesting late in the game against the Reds Wednesday, Rosenthal was called into the affair and immediately put out the fire, despite walking one batter. While he has been shaky sometimes (recently blowing a save Monday), Rosenthal does have 74 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched this year and remains a useful option at closer.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Rosenthal blew his fifth save of the season Monday, allowing a walk and a double to the Reds in the ninth inning.

Jhonny Peralta and the Cardinals would bail Rosenthal out with a walk-off victory in the tenth inning. The right-hander was removed from Sunday's game after walking the bases load and now blows a save the very next day. Rosenthal's grip on the closer role could be slipping.

Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 7 Months

Despite removing Rosenthal in a save situation Sunday, manager Mike Matheny affirmed following the game that Rosenthal remains the Cardinals' closer.

Rosenthal walked the bases loaded Sunday before being pulled in favor of Seth Maness, who was able to pick up the save despite giving up a hit that cost Rosenthal two earned runs. His job isn't seemingly in any real danger at the moment, but he has given up at least one earned run in three of his last five outings and has frequently let runners reach base all season, so Matheny decided to head off any questions and announce that Rosenthal's job is secure. If his struggles do persist, however, and the Cardinals need to make a change in the ninth inning, Pat Neshek would likely be the next man up.