Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Izzy will get day off Wednesday
By Ian Begley
After watching his closer give up go-ahead hits on back-to-back nights, manager Terry Collins will give Jason Isringhausen the night off on Wednesday.
"He's the manager so I just do what I'm told," Isringhausen said without a hint of anger after blowing his fourth save of the season on Tuesday. "If he needs me tomorrow, he'll tell me. If not, I'll just sit there and watch somebody else try to do the job."
The 38-year-old righty has emerged as the Mets' top option to close games after Francisco Rodriguez was traded away. But Isringhausen's status may have taken a hit after a subpar performance the last two nights.
On Monday, he allowed a grand slam to Mike Stanton in the top of the tenth of Florida's 7-3 win.
On Tuesday, Isringhausen inherited a one-run lead but did his part to cough it up by walking Logan Morrison to lead off the ninth. After getting Stanton to pop up, Isringhausen allowed a single to Mike Cameron and hit John Buck - - the Marlins' eighth-place hitter - - to load the bases.
Bryan Petersen then hit a chopper to a drawn-in Justin Turner at second.
Turner didn’t think he had time to cut Morrison down at home or turn a traditional double-play so he tried to tag Buck. When that didn't work, Turner uncorked a wild throw to Lucas Duda at first, allowing Cameron to score the game-winning run.
"It's hard when you know the other team's giving you a chance to catch up and you lose in your last hit and but it ain't like we're trying to do it," Isringhausen said. "We're giving it our best and sometimes it doesn't work out."
Bobby Parnell, who pitched a scoreless eighth on Tuesday, will likely be called on to close Wednesday if the situation arises.
Parnell, Isringhausen and righty Pedro Beato were a part of the Mets' closer-by-committee after Sandy Alderson traded Rodriguez to the Brewers. But Isringhausen, who is two saves shy of 300 for his career, has seemingly emerged as the leading candidate out of that triumvirate.