Help Wanted: Closer

by on July 25, 2008 · 6 comments

I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that sign hanging outside of Busch Stadium today.

I’m going to be brief, for fear that I will let loose an expletive-filled tirade about the Cards’ failure to finish games in this series, but there’s no doubt those four games were painful.

They hurt.

A four-game sweep at the hands of the team chasing (and now long past) you in the standings, three of which should have reasonably won.  Say the Cards only blow one of the games, they still come away with a split.

CC Sabathia was virtually unhittable, that one can be written off as just getting beat.

Ryan Franklin and the Cardinal bullpen on the other hand, have been very hittable.  Embarrassingly hittable.

Franklin in particular, since assuming the closer’s role, has a 5.46 ERA and hitters are putting up a very strong .986 OPS against him.  .986!  Sure, Jason Isringhausen was bad, and his ERA was much higher when he was put on the DL – but even he was keeping hitters to a .906 (I know, I know, that’s still bad).

Painful.  No words can really describe it.  That said, I can’t say that I didn’t expect it.  When Ryan Braun came to the plate, it was all too perfect.  It was going to happen again.

I’ll be away for the weekend – might not see any games – will keep track of scores, and hope for trade news.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how Tony spins this one.  Is Franklin still your closer?  Does Isringhausen get reinstalled by default?  Is it time to let Chris Perez sink or swim?

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Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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