Closers Jason Isringhausen of the Cardinals and Eric Gagne of the Brewers have both been demoted from the closer’s role after getting off to slow starts.
Both of the veteran closers have blown five saves this season. Isringhausen, with 11 saves, has a 7.47 ERA; Gagne, who is earning $10 million this season, has a 6.89 ERA.
Ironically, Cardinals’ manager Tony LaRussa and Brewers’ manager Ned Yost used the terms “mix and match” when asked who will be replacing their closers.
The Cardinals have Ryan Franklin and Russ Springer available and LaRussa said that these were the guys who “match up best.” The favorite here is Franklin who leads the league in holds with 12 and has a 2.00 ERA.
In Milwaukee, Yost said: “normally you take the next best guy. Our next best guy is four or five relievers.” The Brewers will turn to Solomon Torres (30 career saves), David Riske (21 career saves and a former closer with the Indians), and Guillermo Mota (7 career saves and a former closer for the Marlins).
Riske appeared to be the #2 at the beginning of the season and he’s 0-1, 4.87, with 1 save. Torres is 3-0, 3.04, with 1 save. Mota is 1-1, 2.25, with no saves this season. It’s unclear who will be the Brewers main man so watch closely.