In yesterday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch, Derrick Goold quotes Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirming that despite closer Ryan Franklin’s recent struggles, that no change in the bullpen hierarchy was going to happen:
“When Franklin is fresh, he’s going to get the ninth inning. He’s the best guy we have for that role.”
Today, ESPN is reporting that La Russa has given the closer’s role back to Jason Israinghausen and that both Izzy and Franklin were notified of this decision yesterday afternoon – probably a couple hours after Cardinals fans would have read that Goold article supporting Franklin.
Throw in the fact that La Russa let Jason Isringhausen bat in the sixth inning with runners on second and third with two outs in Saturday’s game against the Mets and then didn’t let Izzy come out to pitch the bottom of the inning despite the fact that the Cards had plenty of pinch hitters left on their bench at that point, and I give up. I have no idea what that guy is thinking anymore. Not that I nor anyone else ever did.