Ryan Franklin

Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium this weekend have been treated to three starting pitching gems so far in just two games – two for the good guys (Jaime Garcia and Kyle Lohse) and one by the opposing Brewers (Yovani Gallardo).  Lohse’s required a bit more wiggle work, but he was outstanding again nonetheless. We enter [...]

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Yep, my soapbox is bigger than yours is, because it has to be sturdy.  I like to eat 8 lb burritos with a spork while I’m standing on my soapbox, so prepare yourselves.  It’s about to get ugly up in here.  WARNING: A rant is about to take place. I’m sick and tired of people [...]

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Greetings on a night where the big club hopefully escapes the weather and builds upon a very successful few turns through the rotation. After some needed deliberation, the format and name shall stay the same as will the time frame. For at least this member of the PH8 team, one five-game stretch is not enough to [...]

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…about the 2010 Cardinals? “I’d play against these guys on one leg,” Phillips insisted before the game. “We have to beat these guys. All they do is b***h and moan about everything — all of them. They’re little b***hes — all of them. “I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the [...]

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I’m BACK!  After over a two week “hiatus” which consisted primarily of being forced to do what’s known in some circles as “work”, I’m back and worse than ever.  Fear not, though.  It’s not like I used my time wisely and tried to make the world a better place or volunteered to help Carlos Lee [...]

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Remember NBA Jam?  Whenever a player got going, put together a streak of baskets, was getting hot… you know where I’m going here. The game would spit out its famous line “HE’S HEATING UP!!!” Well, somewhat quietly, Albert Pujols has begun to (if not already has) put the opening slump of his 2011 season behind [...]

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We’re slowly inching our way back into the game, and closer to Episode 1.0. Josh and I took about thirty minutes today to discuss the first game and further attempt to polish our SKILLS in the lead-up to the big 1.0. Have a listen to our ramblings about Jake Westbrook, Rick Ankiel, Colby Rasmus and [...]

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Well, Josh and I have been talking about doing this since the end of last season, and now it’s slowly becoming a reality. It is with great pleasure (and lots of unpolished baseball chatter) that we bring to you the Pitchers Hit Eighth Podcast (more on the name later). Episode 0.5 is enumerated as such because [...]

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Reasons for optimism

by on April 12, 2011 · 3 comments

For those of you who follow on Twitter, you know that I announced I was going to err on the side of “blinded optimism” for a while.  At least one respondent argued that I had already gone crazy.  Yet, as Tony La Russa is quick to inform us, the season is young. Matt Holliday returned [...]

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The rumors of Albert Pujols‘ demise have been greatly exaggerated (already).  He may have another 700 plate appearances to compensate for his lousy opening day performance, and he does have a history of putting up decent numbers by season’s end.  Despite the 0-everything from AP, the Cardinals still had the lead in the 9th with [...]

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