Isn't that what makes a man?
A few thoughts on the Isringhausen situation, and I’ll leave this as basically an open thread on the topic so y’all don’t have to take over threads that are about other topics.
As always, though, you guys know the rules — be civil to each other, to me and to players and management. No name-calling. No insults. It’s not welcome, and I’ll delete the comments. If you’ve got a point to make, make it like an adult, with reasoning rather than vitriol.
It’s very clear something isn’t right with No. 44, but it’s baffling to me what it might be. His location is way off. Yet his velocity, for him, still seems to be fine. And in the past, when something has been physically wrong, he has occasionally at least hinted at it. Not this time.
So it’s evident something needs to be done, but as for what, it’s a fair question. Larry Borowsky covered the alternatives with depth, insight and reason (as usual) a couple of days ago at VEB. One thing he touched on was something I addressed in a preview a few days earlier, which is the drastic decline in swings and misses. That’s a major concern and a very bad indicator.
As for what they could do in his place, I won’t be at all surprised if they consider McClellan in that job. Franklin seems like the path of least resistance, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Looper seemed like the path of least resistance at the end of ’06.
The main thing I want to say, though, is something I’ve said before — take it easy on the guy himself. Cardinals fans have always said that they don’t boo guys for a lack of performance, only a lack of class or effort. Well, I assure you this guy is giving it all he’s got, and if he isn’t up to the job, it’s killing him way more than it’s killing you as a fan. If you want to get upset at the mgr for sending him out there when something’s wrong, I understand that. But take it easy on the pitcher himself.