What was I thinking, crying about the Cardinals not adding a reliever at the deadline? We clearly don't need that. Seriously though, Izzy is basically useless at this point, though I think only TRL would be surprised by that statement. Villone also deserves special mention, giving up a first pitch homer to a guy that is only batting .165 on the season and had hit only two out all year before that one. Yuck. Anyway, the formula for a Cardinals win remained the same - the bullpen was the near goat and Ryan Ludwick was the hero. The only real surprise was that he didn't win it on his first try in the 9th. Albert also hit a two-run shot, and Carp looked vintage. The rain delay undoubtably kept him from going deeper into the game as it only took him 51 pitches to get through 5 scoreless innings. Wainwright had another successful throwing session today and is going out for a rehab start this weekend. All in all, there was a lot of good news today, mixed with the same old bad news about the bullpen, but I'm pretty much used to that, so I can definitely go to bed happy tonight.