No, I don't think he stays there all season, but rather until trades become possible and Jim Hendry figures out a way to get an established set-up guy. But lets entertain that thought for just a minute. What if he did stay there?
I read somewhere that he's wasted in the bullpen, getting in way less innings than he would as a starter. But if you think of it as getting him in more games than innings, that logic kinda goes away because it translates into more team wins. When Marmol was the set-up guy and we were all clamoring for him to move to the closer role, I remember Lou saying, "Sometimes you win it in the 7th inning." And that was Marmol's role then, really. It's just a shame that the only true glory position in the pen is closer, because if there's anything I do know about Big Z, it's that he's got an ego as big as his personality. He's doing this now, but he's not "happy happy" about it (which I think means he's only half-happy).
Listening to the crowd, however, I mean how could you not love coming in late in the game wearing a big cape and saving the day? This season's still just a baby, but already it's all groans when pretty much any bullpen guy comes in before Marmol. And for good reason - except for Sean Marshall they've been pretty dreadful. Berg, Gray... when Grabow comes in I go get a beer and hang out in the kitchen for awhile. Take out the trash or something. Can't stand it.
Right now, any game you go to you might be treated to a Big Z performance like last night. And that's not just good baseball, it's freaking AWESOME.
None of it coulda happened without the bats still showing life and Carlos Silva going 7 strong. He gave up 3 earned runs and his ERA ballooned up to 1.73.
Theriot has been magnificent at the plate and at just... playing the game. Last night he goes 2 for 5 and scores one. The insane short-to-left-back-to-short catch he made early in the game - if you were a Nat and you saw what the wind can do at Wrigley you'd have been freaking out.
Marlon Byrd is hitting .355 (Stats, how good is he really doing anyway with all the modern numbers?), he went 3 for 5, drove one in and scored one. He's been, seriously, the best surprise of the season so far. What a pick up.
Soriano got 3 walks. Kudos to Rudy Jaramillo - Soriano may never have done that before in his whole career.
And lastly, lots of times you think it's an anti-climax when the winning run is walked in like Aramis walked it in last night. But I think it wreaks havoc on the other team's confidence, and I loved it.
Lastly lastly, The Blackhawks win in Nashville and move on to the next round!
The painting is acrylic. Haven't done one of those in awhile.