A guy with only 11 major league innings under his belt is going to have a short, short leash. I’m looking for Jason Motte to have one more opportunity to prove that he can close out games before Tony LaRussa turns to Ryan Franklin or goes for a closer-by-committee.
Franklin didn’t do well in the job last year, but he wasn’t disastrous. If the Motte Experiment fails, I foresee him giving the job to someone with experience and Franklin fits that bill better than anyone else on the team. There’s also a very good chance that LaRussa will simply play the matchups and use Franklin/Josh Kinney against righties and Denys Reyes/Trever Miller against lefties.
Either way, it’s not going to be pretty. This is a situation to monitor.