Today the Cardinals made a move outside the club to address the ailing bullpen. The Cards traded Rule 5 Draftee from 2008 Brian Barton to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Blaine Boyer. In a release announcing the deal, the Cardinals said Boyer will join the team Tuesday in time for the series opener against the New York Mets. The Cardinals will have to make a corresponding roster move to fit Boyer into the bullpen. Earlier today, pitching coach Duncan told the Post-Dispatch that they are “leaning toward” starting Mitchell Boggs on Saturday.
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Blaine Boyer was an honorable mention All-American centerfielder at Walton High School in Marietta, GA, as well as All-County and All-State…Also lettered in football and basketball in high school…Is an avid duck and deer hunter.
Tied for ninth in MLB with 76 games pitched. …Set career highs in games, innings pitched (72.0 IP), walks (25), strikeouts (67) and losses (6). …Had a 3.16 ERA in 31 day games (31.1 IP) and a 7.97 ERA in 45 night games (40.2 IP). He also had a 3.93 ERA in 51 games before the All-Star break and had a 11.17 ERA in 25 games after the break. …Over his last 19 games, since 7/30, he allowed 20 ER on 21 hits (5 HR) in 15.0 IP (12.00 ERA). …In May, went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .218 opponents average in 15 games. …Allowed 8 ER on 8 hits in 3.1 innings pitched, including 2 HR over his final four appearances (9/2-9/17). …Had his string of eight scoreless outings (dating to 7/6) snapped by allowing three runs 7/26 at PHI. …Went a career-high 2.1 IP on 6/4 vs. FLA (2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). …On 5/24, won first game since 9/25/05 with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief vs. ARI. …Picked up his first major league save 5/14 at PHI, allowing one run on three hits in 1.1 IP. …Allowed a season-high four runs on three hits in 0.1 IP on 4/29 at WSH. …Surrendered a two-run homer to M. Holliday in the 8th inning on 4/8 at COL for his first BS and second loss. …Matched his then career high with 2.0 IP on 4/3 vs. PIT and struck out in his first MLB at-bat in the 5th inning.