Thursday, May 15, 2008

Looks like the bullpen has become a major problem.

Lost 2 of 3 to the Pirates. Blew a 5-1 lead. Izzy and Villone can't get anyone out. Whoo, boy; doesn't bode well for the home team.

Izzy seemed so despondent in his post-game comments, I wonder if he's mentally tough enough to pitch at all in pressure situations anymore. He also seemed to indicate he expected the Cardinals to make a move regarding his status on the roster.

Boy I hope they offer to send him down to Memphis vice releasing him outright. Somehow, I don't think designating him for assignment is the right answer. It (one more time) also seemed he would be willing to spend some time at AAA to clear his head.

That's one problem. What do we do with Villone? He's one more team away from tying Mike Morgan's 'most city stickers on your bag' record for a reason. I say we punt him outright and bring someone else up. I don't care who accompanies Chris Perez to the majors, whom I would expect to be called up if they make a roster move with Izzy.

Reyes' line from tonight: 3 2/3inn, 6 H, 2 ER, 2BB, 3K, ND (Memphis won in 12). Recap didn't say why he was pulled in the fourth; his pitch count might have been high, or they're working on lengthening him out to pitch more innings per appearance.


Cardinal70 said...

Probably still stretching him out. He's not started in over a month and I know that's why they limited him to three innings last time out.

I wrote about it today as well, but I think Villone's time may be drawing nigh. I think it's interesting that Bernie suggests moving Perez up and letting Motte close at Memphis for a while. It could be that they bring back up Jimenez to give Motte more time.

Mike said...

I'll have to read that Bernie article. I'd leave Jimenez right where he is, though. He didn't have much success in STL last season (7.50 ERA in 34 games). I'll have to look more closely at the Memphis roster to see if they have a left-handed reliever down there; I'm sure they do.