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Kelly feeling good after back-to-back relief outings

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals rookie pitcher Joe Kelly has done just about everything in his short tenure on the mound. In college, he closed for Cal-Riverside. In the Minors and for much of his rookie season with the Cardinals, he started.

Now he's somewhere in between. Kelly has become a key middle man for the Cards this postseason, with five relief appearances spanning 5 2/3 innings. On Monday, in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, he had a new-old experience: pitching on back-to-back days. It was the first time Kelly had pitched without a day off in between appearances since he was at Riverside.

"I feel good," he said. "It was good to see what I could do in back-to-back [days]. I felt like I had some success in being able to pitch out of jams."

Kelly has helped serve as a bridge between the starters and the late-game relief corps that has been so effective this postseason. In each of his past three appearances, he has entered before the sixth inning.

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ST. Full Game Coverage LOUIS -- Cardinals rookie pitcher Joe Kelly has done just about everything in his short tenure on the mound. In college, he closed for Cal-Riverside. In the Minors and for much of his rookie season with the Cardinals, he started.

Now he's somewhere in between. Kelly has become a key middle man for the Cards this postseason, with five relief appearances spanning 5 2/3 innings. On Monday, in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, he had a new-old experience: pitching on back-to-back days. It was the first time Kelly had pitched without a day off in between appearances since he was at Riverside.

"I feel good," he said. "It was good to see what I could do in back-to-back [days]. I felt like I had some success in being able to pitch out of jams."

Kelly has helped serve as a bridge between the starters and the late-game relief corps that has been so effective this postseason. In each of his past three appearances, he has entered before the sixth inning.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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