The St. Louis Cardinals have tried Jason Isringhausen and Ryan Franklin as their closer in 2008.…
A Different Cardinals Closer of the Future?
Though he is but a rookie reliever, Kyle McClellan had already been called out of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen 40 times in 2008 when asked to do so again on Tuesday night. Coming off a disappointing home series loss to the Chicago Cubs last weekend, the Cardinals had entered into the home of the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. A past pattern of losing game one of a series, only to come back to prevail in the subsequent contests was not something Manager Tony La Russa could count on. Add together the quality of the opposition, the reputation of Citizen's Bank Ballpark as a hitter's haven plus troubled lefty Mark Mulder being slated to make his first start of the season in game two and it seemed clear that a series-opening win was crucial for the second-place Redbirds. After the lone lefty in the pen, Ron Villone, bailed Joel Pineiro and the Cardinals out of a tough jam in the seventh, La Russa turned a fragile 2-0 lead over to McClellan (right...
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