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Friday, January 12, 2007

Cardinals - Signed Franklin

St. Louis Cardinals - Signed P Ryan Franklin to a 1-year contract.

That’s Franklin the flyball pitcher who the Phillies and Reds wanted for some reason, not G.O.B’s racial rift-erasing ventriloquist’s dummy.

While Ryan Franklin’s role in the civil rights era is a significant one, he does contribute by allowing people of all races, religions, and ethnic origins to hit balls that he throws a very long way.  Unlike the Reds and Phillies, the Cardinals actually have a park/team configuration that makes Franklin useful.  Well, hopefully - you could say the same about the Mariners the last 2 years Franklin pitched for them and he was awful.  Franklin’s role will be to get the Cardinals to a healthy Mulder without being too terrible so that they don’t have to make half the bullpen into starters.  Wainwright as a starter, I can buy and even recommend.  Moving Looper?  Not so sure about that.

2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Franklin   8 10 41 22 156 171   85 23 54 78 4.90

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:31 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sparkles Peterson Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:48 PM (#2279562)
G/F ratio

01 0.62
02 0.82
03 0.76
04 0.78
05 0.95
06 1.43

Did he throw his splitter a lot more last season in relief?
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:52 PM (#2279569)
Wow, I totally didn't notice that he had become a groundballer! My general memories of Franklin consist of bigass homers.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:19 PM (#2279604)
I can understand the pressing need to get the Franklin TO out there ... any chance for a Mulder one? :-)
   4. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 12, 2007 at 10:07 PM (#2279683)
Any chance to reference Arrested Development is a pressing need, Walt.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2007 at 01:45 AM (#2280235)
Just as Gob's Franklin just said things whitey wasn't ready to hear, Ryan Franklin just throws pitches Cards fans aren't ready to see.
   6. birdlives is one crazy ninja Posted: January 14, 2007 at 04:26 AM (#2280274)
Dan, will there be a tranaction oracle for Aubrey Huff? Or did I already miss it?
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 14, 2007 at 04:30 AM (#2280278)
   8. WillYoung Posted: January 14, 2007 at 06:08 AM (#2280305)
You've ruined the act, Walt!
   9. AJMcCringleberry Posted: January 14, 2007 at 07:04 PM (#2280440)
I guess the Cards think that Franklin being re-dyed, rested, and ready to work will help him pitch better.
   10. Schilling's Sprained Ankiel Posted: January 17, 2007 at 04:14 PM (#2281783)
Here comes Franklin, comin' over to play...

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