On Monday, theSt. Louis Cardinalsmanaged to get another solid outing from Jordan Hicks, who has stepped into the closer s role with Ryan Helsley out.
He earned the save against the Washington Nationals, notching his third in as many days.
Hicks was off to a bad start this season, but quickly turned it around and has taken the closer s role by the reins.
On Monday, Hicks told his coaches that he was prepared to pitch in a third straight game.
After the game, Hicks revealed everything that went into that conversation and discussed his recent resurgence on the mound.
Hicks told the #STLCards‘ coaches that he was “ready to go” for a save situation on Monday after pitching two days in a row: “Any time we’re in the position that I can help the team win, that’s where I want to be.” pic.twitter.com/b9sOpx0IkC
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Hicks discussed how he and the training staff have been preparing for his outings and said that by doing a long-toss session each day, he is finding his old form again.
The young right-hander has dealt with his fair share of arm troubles over the past several seasons and hasn t been his dominant self since back in 2019.
However, he says that with the right communication with the coaching staff, he feels like he s slowly regaining that old dominant form from four years ago.
Hicks told reporters that he gave manager Oli Marmol the green light to use him in the bottom of the ninth inning in Washington.
The hard-throwing right-hander said that he enjoys being used in high-leverage situations and that he hopes to see those situations each day when he pitches.
Above all else, Hicks stated that he wants to be available when the team needs him the most.