Ryan Franklin

One Last Desperate Plea

by on March 16, 2011 · 6 comments

This is one last desperate plea from Statler, Waldorf, and myself.  Kyle McClellan joined the two Muppets in the back of the theater, but he doesn’t want to speak on his on behalf at this point.  That’s fine.  I’m bringing the heat and blathering enough for all 4 of us.  We’ve got one simple message. Leave [...]

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Build it Backwards

by on March 3, 2011 · 2 comments

It’s one thing to look at the 2011 Cardinals and think about tweaking one thing here or making an adjustment there.  Rebuilding is an altogether different approach, but few people really want to think about the “R” word right now.  What about looking at the team by deconstructing it first?  It’s like taking apart your [...]

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This piece was originally titled “World’s Worst 5×5 Fantasy League Baseball Guide for Spork Users“, but I determined that was decidely too pessimistic and catered to a very small audience (spork users).  It was also a ridiculously long title, so I abandoned it in favor of something a bit easier to remember.  Keep in mind [...]

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“Closer” Inspection

by on January 14, 2011 · 2 comments

As the Cardinals go into 2011, there is concern among some members of Cardinal Nation that the closer, Ryan Franklin, won’t return to his 2009 form.  The planets seemed to align that year, and Franklin scored the one and only All-Star appearance of his career and totaled 38 saves.  Unfortunately, 2010 wasn’t so kind to Franklin, and [...]

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Nothing earth-shattering here, but felt it worth passing along a couple of quotes from a chat that Chris Perez – of former “Closer of the Future” notoriety in St. Louis – participated in at Cleveland.com.  [h/t to John Marecek on Twitter for the link] The first reference to the Cardinals was pretty benign: Ray: Prior [...]

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Yes, I’m pretty sure the Cardinals have gone to plaid, but I’ll explain that later.  Focus on poker first, because I have a serious poker/baseball question to ask. Are the Cardinals going “all in” for 2011?  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase “all in”, it’s a poker term that refers to a [...]

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One Step Ahead

by on December 9, 2010 · 0 comments

In just about anything you do, it often pays to at least be thinking one step ahead of everybody else.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be prescient to the point that you can call the next pitch.  Sometimes it is as simple as preparing for a rainy day or anticipating needs before they appear.  That’s [...]

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Occasionally real life (read: day job) takes me to various cities (read: airports) across the country, and this Tuesday and Wednesday past happened to be one of those occasions. Thankfully for my baseball habit, the same MLB.tv subscription that I depend on to watch the Cards at home travels with me – on laptop and [...]

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Take a look at the win probability graph for last night’s loss from Fangraphs: It’s almost as if this graph, for last night’s game, might as well illustrate the way the Redbirds’ season has gone in 2010. Started out strong, had a couple of early hiccups where the offense sputtered a bit, but ultimately ran [...]

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Two stats are the centerpiece for today’s story, but I’m not quite there yet. After the emotional weekend that was, I fully expected a let down for this series. Arizona didn’t exactly have a lot going for them and being swept in San Diego never helps leading into a home stand. To make matters worse [...]

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