I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional," general manager John Mozeliak said. "That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season."
Choate posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 36 innings during the regular season. He fared much better against left-handed hitters, who hit .093/.205/.147 in 75 at-bats against the reliever. Righties posted a .938 OPS when facing Choate in 2014.
"We need Trevor to prepare to be a closer," manager Mike Matheny said. "This was the first full season that he pitched in that role. There's a learning curve to that, to understanding how to make it through a long season as a closer, and how to have the effectiveness, and how to stay in the strike zone and adjusting your workload as far as what you’re doing in between your appearances."
Bell pitched just two-thirds of an inning in the majors last season due to elbow inflammation. He'll seek a deal with another club during the offseason.
After his performance last season, there's a sense that Neshek has priced himself out of St. Louis' bullpen. Neshek was exceptional with the club, posting a 1.87 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. The performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. The team will likely attempt to re-sign Neshek, but there's a sense he can get a more lucrative deal elsewhere.
Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.
Casilla threw 13 of his 16 pitches for strikes, and even though he allowed his first hit of the postseason, he was able to get the job done and put the Giants one more win away from a World Series trip. Casilla has delivered six scoreless innings while striking out five and walking one this postseason.
Petit (2-0) won his first postseason appearance in the previous round, stringing together six scoreless innings in his team's 18-inning win over the Nationals. He was just as impressive in a shorter outing Wednesday, cleaning up after starter Ryan Vogelsong lasted just three innings. The Giants head into Wednesday's Game 5 with a 3-1 lead and three chances to advance to the World Series.
Choate (0-1) began the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk before surrendering a single, putting the potential winning run in scoring position with no outs. He then airmailed a throw to first base on an attempted sacrifice to bring the lead runner around to score on a walkoff error. The Cardinals will be looking to even the series Wednesday in Game 4.
Machi made a team-high 71 appearances in the regular season. He has posted a 7.71 ERA in three postseason appearances, which includes surrendering a home run in Game 2 Sunday.
Rosenthal blew a save opportunity in Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but the Cardinals were able to secure a victory anyway with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. He has surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings this postseason, though Sunday's blown save was his first during the playoffs.