The St. Louis Cardinals used late-inning hitting to best the Tampa Bay Devil* Rays in a three game weekend series in St. Louis.
The Cards served up a reminder that the Rays' bullpen isn't all that different from last year's despite its early success. In today's game, reliever Gary Glover walked the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the ninth to set the table for the other Cardinals batters.
The series also saw the Rays betraying some of their inexperience, with some lackadaisical defense and some questionable base-running--the latter may have cost the team a win in the second game.
If the starting pitching can consistently turn in quality starts then the bullpen should at least post average numbers. Hopefully the team will learn from the mistakes that go with inexperience and improve as the season progresses. The Rays visit Oakland for a series with the A's. Rays ace James Shields will pitch the series opener on Monday.