Sunday, May 11, 2008

Closer By Committee And Braun Likes The Pink

A day after Eric Gagne gave up two runs to the Cardinals when he came into the game in a tie situation in the 9th, he admitted he was not worthy of the 9th inning and the closer role for the team. So Ned Yost is gonna go with a closer by committee in the 9th until Gagne works out his issues and can get back on track. Today it worked, Salomon Torres came in the start the 9th got two outs and then with left handed batters coming up Yost went to Brian Shouse who picked up his first save of the season.

I like the idea for now since Gagne clearly needs to figure out whatever his problem is, but it is not a good long term solution because it can wear the shit out of your bullpen as the season wears on. To really be successful we need Gagne to be that guy, he is getting paid $10 million this season for that reason. We shall see how it plays out over the next couple of weeks here.

Well the past couple of years on Mothers Day Bill Hall was the home run hero with that walk-off shot in 2006 and hit a long HR last season in New York, but I think Ryan Braun is the new "king of the pink" as he blasted two home runs today using the pink bat. Braun seems to really be heating up,he has seven hits in the series so far against St. Louis and now has his season AVG upto .281, 7 HR's and 25 RBI's. Also JJ Hardy amazingly looks like he is out of his slump as he was 3-4 today and his his AVG up to .260. Lets hope the rest of the guys also start getting hot so we can get on a roll.

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