The Cardinals made another deep postseason run, this time falling just short and losing the World Series to the Red Sox in six games. They lost a close series in which Boston had better pitching performances than St. Louis, which was surprising considering Boston had succeeded with big offense and average pitching coming into the series while the Cardinals' excellent pitching had impressed all season. The emergence of Michael Wacha late in the season helped the Cardinals seal the NL Central over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The bullpen in St. Louis was a mess for the first month of the season before the emergence of Edward Mujica, who handled closing duties through mid-September. Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Seigrist, and Seth Maness all had excellent seasons in relief during their first full seasons at the top level, which ultimately stabilized the unit.
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