Ryan Franklin

I couldn’t help myself.  Joe Sports Fan’s Matt Sebek challenged his followers on Twitter last night to write the headline for today’s game story about Brad Penny’s effort last night… and what you see above is what you get.  I’m ashamed. Penny was masterful, obviously already seeing benefits from working under pitching coach Dave Duncan, [...]

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With last night’s game safely in the bag and no bullpen blunders to speak of, the coast seems clear for reviewing a little Cardinal history in the bullpen. Ryan Franklin’s 38 saves in 2009 put him in pretty elite company in Cardinal closer history.  Franklin became only the seventh pitcher in club history to record [...]

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I didn’t get to see all of the game in Cincinnati last night (MLB.tv clearly still working out the bugs this season), but what I did see via the tiny little screen on my iPhone (AtBat working like a charm) left me with the following quick hits: Cardinals 6, Reds 3 Ryan Frankhausen?  Isringlin? Ryan [...]

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Ah, it feels good to write a “day-after-game” post again. Who enjoys having baseball back? Cardinals 11, Reds 6 What injuries? Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina both homered, Pujols twice and Molina’s a grand slam, in yesterday’s game.  Seems they’re feeling alright, eh? Skip struggles. Skip Schumaker booted a short-hop ground ball that he probably [...]

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As mentioned at the end of our big NL Central Predictions project, we followed up the original request for predictions and comments with a set of questions about the teams in the divisions. Here are the questions, and the responses that we received, for your enjoyment on this 2010 Opening Day: 1.  The St. Louis [...]

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While not something I originally planned on including today, it is important for all of us here at PH8 to express our condolences to the Walters family. We were fortunate to get to know P.J. while interviewing him on UCB Radio, and I look forward to watching him overcome this tragedy and again honor his [...]

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[Ed. note: Once or twice throughout the season, the United Cardinal Bloggers undertake a roundtable discussion via e-mail that involves and answers various questions from the bloggers taking part over the course of a few weeks. We've spent most of our writing time answering those questions and taking part in those discussions (gladly, I might [...]

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Earlier we took a look at the possible award bonuses that Cardinal players can earn in 2010 – now we’ll tally the performance bonuses that are on the table for the upcoming season. Brad Penny Penny can earn an additional $1.5mm on top of his $7.5mm one-year deal if he pitches 204 innings or more [...]

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With names from Cardinal teams past popping up everywhere – Mark McGwire is the team’s new hitting coach and possible pinch-hitter (depending on whether Tony would ever really push for such a thing), and now Jim Edmonds has “challenged” LaRussa to give him a roster spot (believe what you will there) – I thought it [...]

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Without a doubt this is a list in flux, and I presume that’s the case for more folks than just yours truly. Last season’s list bore little resemblance to what it would’ve been in mid-July of this season, and neither of those would match with the list below. Even my late posting of this list [...]

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