How does St. Louis hang around .500 despite having been outscored by 68 runs at week's end? A major reason is the reliability of the bullpen, particularly after a starter has a strong outing. When they get a quality start (defined as giving up three runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings), the Cardinals are 43-12. That .782 winning percentage is significantly better than the major league average of .699 in those circumstances. In fact, St. Louis has the best such winning percentage in the National League, just ahead of the Dodgers' (46-13, .780) and the Mets' (56-16, .778); the Mariners are the only team in the majors with a better mark (43-11, .796) than the Cards'. Much of this success is attributable to closer Jason Isringhausen (above), who has converted 20 of 21 save opportunities following quality starts (and 27 of 29 overall).