For the sixth straight year, we’re taking a look back at everyone that played for the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Whether they were a major contributor or a bit player, here all year or for just a little while, we’ll look at their season and talk about what went right and what went wrong. The stat line listed is just their time in St. Louis, though splits and other numbers in the discussion may be for the entire year. Imagine this as them stopping by Mike Matheny‘s office for a little review on their way home for the winter. As always when you see incredible artistry in the blogs, all credit for the header work goes to @cardinalsgifs.
Player: Ryan Sherriff
Season stats: 2-1, 3.14 ERA, 13 games, 14.1 IP, 13 H, 4 BB, 15 K, 1.186 WHIP, 3.93 FIP, 0.2 bWAR
Overall grade: B
Positives: Made his major league debut on August 25….had more than a strikeout per inning in the big leagues….10 of his 13 outings were scoreless….stranded seven of his nine inherited runners….lefties had a .080/.115/.080 line in 26 plate appearances….batters hit .190 against him away from home….had an OPS against of .522 on the first pitch….had a .208 OPS against when he ended the PA ahead in the count….batters hit .125 when there were no outs….didn’t allow a run in 3.1 innings against the Cubs, who hit .167 against him….went 5-1 with six saves and a 3.19 ERA at Memphis, with a WHIP of 0.99.
Negatives: Righties hit .367 with an OPS of 1.075 against him….batters hit .500/.611/.714 when they were ahead in the count….had a .917 OPS against with runners in scoring position….hitters went 3-7 with a home run with two outs and RISP….had an 1.108 OPS against in high leverage situations….had a 13.50 ERA against the Reds.
Overview: Sherriff is a name that has been bandied about for quite some time. There was some surprise that he didn’t get the call last year around the end of the season and it took quite a while before he made it up this season as well. Sherriff handled the increased competition fairly well, though with only 14 innings to judge by it is a really small sample size. He did fairly well in general–overall he gave up a .236/.300/.382 line–but those struggles against right-handed batters seem to be fairly noticeable. Still, it was good to see him get called on fairly regularly down the stretch and often Mike Matheny seemed to deploy him in the best situations.
Outlook: When you look at those numbers, you see a LOOGY in development. Now, it’s possible that he’ll get better against righties, but it seems unlikely he’ll get a lot of opportunities. Given that he’s already earned Matheny’s trust, I’d very much expect him to be in the major league bullpen on Opening Day, but depending on what the revamp of said bullpen looks like, he could spend some more time in Memphis. I’m not sure exactly how strong his long-term future is, but he should get a chance to expand that sample size in 2018.