Isringhausen says that the key to being a good closer is to not let anything bother you. At least we know that Izzy will sleep well tonight.
Most scribes, as they rush to defend Isringhausen, are quick to forget that Izzy also had a terrible spring. I’d rather rush to defend Adam Wainwright, a guy who held the line while the Cardinals bats tried muster something.
I wonder where the Cardinals were, this offseason, when clubs were giving Dan Kolb away for free. Kolb has surrendered only a hit over 3 innings worth of work.
The Cardinals should see if Anthony Reyes can close. He’s got great stuff, and he’s been shown to not be able to go 200 innings in a year without injury.
La Russa made an interesting move this afternoon. When the Cardinals came to bat after Carlos Lee unloaded on Jason Isringhausen, Aaron Miles reached on four straight balls. So La Russa asked #3 starter Jason Marquis to go out and drop a sacrifice bunt to move Miles into scoring position. In years past, La Russa would’ve gone down and got an Eddie Perez or a John Mabry, guys that La Russa undoubtedly feels that can give him a game-winning HR. This year is asked a guy to drop a bunt? Don’t get me wrong, I like the smallball. I love the smallball. But it’s very un-La Russa like. Maybe he feels that he really is trying to work with nothing this year, and when the Cardinals ownership starting pinching pennies on payroll last winter in the face of unprecedented revenue streams, he was left to "fill the holes" with guys like Skip Shumaker and whoever at 2B. No, the Cardinals as presently constituted are not a championship-caliber club.