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    October 13, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Comes Through In Big Way

    La Russa kept the phone to the bullpen busy last night. It paid off.​Well, it wasn't quite the brilliant matchup of ace starters I think most of us were anticipating, but it'll do. Yovani Gallardo, ace of the Milwaukee Brewers, allowed thirteen baserunners, making it somewhat shocking the Car ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Cardinals' Bullpen Implodes at Worst Possible Time

    Aw, crap! That was our best reliever, too! ​Maybe it's only fitting the Cardinals' bullpen went nova on them at the end, putting another sizable ding in the team's already-faint playoff hopes. After all, the season began with a bullpen implosion, as Ryan Franklin turned into a white dwarf before o ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    The End of the Ryan Franklin Era

    I'm not gonna lie; I will not miss that beard. ​Oh, thank god that's finally over. Not Ryan Franklin's tenure with the Cardinals, mind you; I have nothing but the utmost respect for the player Franklin was, and plenty of appreciation for the job he did. But the fact is Ryan Franklin lost what ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Ryan Franklin: The Definition of Insanity

    This bullpen management really does make me feel like I'm taking crazy pills. ​You all know that old trope, the one about the definition of insanity, right? You know, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Yeah, there you go. We've all heard it before. Well guess ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Cardinals Still Struggling to Spell Relief

    How come when he says it it's cute, but when I say it it's sexual harassment? ​The Cardinals are currently carrying eight -- count 'em -- eight relievers. So can anyone tell me why, exactly, we all had to watch one of the worst relievers in all of baseball this year blow last night's game?&nb ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    How to Ruin a Roster Without Even Trying

    John Mozeliak, left, and Tony LaRussa celebrate their latest brilliant maneuver. ​​Cardinal management has really outdone themselves this time. I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the job Tony LaRussa and Company have done managing the 2011 team to this point, but this is just mind-numbin ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    No Sign of Improvement from Ryan Franklin

    commons.wikimedia.org​It was a rough game for the Cardinals last night. The rain delay was not only a pain in the ass, it seemed to completely unhinge Jake Westbrook, who imploded when he took the mound following the unscheduled intermission. Side note: can I just say I'm beginning to really ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    More Bullpen Hijinks in Houston

    ​You know, it's beginning to feel like pretty much an everyday occurrence, writing something about the current state of the Cardinals' bullpen. I suppose it's understandable, though; the relief situation for the Cards this year is rapidly becoming the single biggest defining characteristic of this ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Ryan Franklin's Top Ten Excuses For the Matt Kemp Home Run

    Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin blew his fourth save opportunity in five attempts Sunday, giving up a two-run homer to the Dodger's Matt Kemp in L.A.'s 2-1 win over St. Louis.Franklin now has an ERA of 11.57 for the young season. Here, then, are the ten imagined excuses he gave to team management and ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Is The Cards' Bullpen Fixable?

    Oh, Billy Mays. We still miss you. ​We all saw the disaster over the weekend in San Francisco. Don't pretend you didn't. The Cardinals' supposed closer, Ryan Franklin, blew two more saves, giving him three on the season in four tries. In both games, the Cards were a single out away from winning be ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    5 Lessons From the Cardinals' First Three Games

    All right, listen up, kids. This moderately attractive and no doubt long-dead teacher from Pleasantville is gonna learn you up reeeaal nice. ​One series in the can, god only knows how many more to go in the baseball season. Unfortunately, 2011 hasn't exactly begun in stellar fashion for the Redbir ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    February 18, 2011

    Five Alive! Five New Concepts for Pujols 5 If Albert Leaves

    Image viaAlbert Pujols might be running out on us, but Pujols 5 could still survive!​Of course, the big news in St. Louis this week was that the Cardinals and Albert Pujols couldn't come to terms on a new contract before El Hombre's spring training deadline. As you might have heard, the slugger's ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Does the Cardinal Bullpen Need Fixing?

    ​Just how concerned should we really be about the Cardinal's bullpen after last night's debacle? Well, ordinarily I would say it was just a single game, and no matter how ugly it was that doesn't change the fact that it was a single game. No need to hit the panic button and do something stupi ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Game Notes: Cardinals 6, Redlegs 3 -- 7th April 2010

    ​Well, I think it's pretty clear by now the 2010 Cardinals aren't going to lose a game this year. I can honestly say, after viewing them for two entire games all the way through, this may be the single greatest athletic entity in the history of the world. Move over, '27 Yankees, the Cardinals are ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010
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    April 1, 2010

    Cards Pitcher Dennys Reyes to Open Casual Family Restaurant

    Image via​Stan Musial. Albert Pujols. Ozzie Smith. Dennys Reyes?That's right: The Cardinals pitcher announced this morning that he will join the ranks of current and former Redbirds who have opened restaurants in St. Louis when Dennys's, a casual family restaurant, debuts in Affton this summer."I' ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    The Redbird Relief Race Heading Into the Home Stretch

    Coming into spring training, the Cardinals only had a few real holes to fill. Well, perhaps not holes to fill, really, but at least decisions to make on how best to utilize their resources. Ryan Franklin and his awful beard will once again be closing games for the Cardinals this season. The res ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Cardinals Pitcher Ryan Franklin Dismayed He Can't Bring Guns to Locker Room

    Will Albert Pujols and Ryan Franklin still be able to deliver "firepower" despite MLB's new ban on guns? ​You can take the boy out of Arkansas but you can't take Arkansas out of the boy. Case in point: Yesterday relief pitcher Ryan Franklin expressed his disappointment in a new MLB policy that ban ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Albert Pujols Trades Big Bat for Bigger Gun

    ​ Pitchers report to spring training next week, and soon "El Hombre" will be gunnin' for 'em.Ryan Franklin looks happy to have Pujols on his side.​ Photo courtesy of (where else?) Wikipedia, keywords: Mk 15 sniper rifle.

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    January 14, 2010

    Rumor Roundup: Cards Looking at Valverde?

    ​The latest scuttlebutt on the hot stove wire has the Cardinals apparently interested in the services of Jose Valverde. The former Arizona and Houston closer is reportedly being pursued by a trio of clubs, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, with the Detroit Tigers seemingly the most likely de ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    The Year of the Collapsing Closer

    ​When people look back at the Yankees' 2009 World Series Championship (it's going to happen, sadly; get used to the idea), there will be talk of Alex Rodriguez finally breaking through and becoming the clutch genius we all knew he had locked away inside him, or Derek Jeter leading the Yanks to the ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009
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    October 10, 2009

    Ryan Franklin vs. Matt Holliday: Playing the Blame Game

    ​So the question must eventually be asked, you know. I don't want to have to ask it, and I'm sure you probably don't want to have to try and answer, but the question will not just go away. So here goes. Who was really at fault for the Cardinals ninth-inning, two-out implosion Thursday night? ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 13, Redlegs 0, 1/10/09 -- Carpenter Does it Himself

    The Cardinals have had many, many great hitting pitchers in their long and illustrious history. Bob Gibson hit 24 home runs in his career and posted a .751 OPS in 1970. Mark Mulder was a designated hitter during his college career at Michigan State, as was Dan Haren at Pepperdine. Jason Marquis is a ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    An Extension for El Piñata?

    Sure, he hasn't actually pitched like a piñata this year, but it's just too good a nickname to stop now. ​Apparently, Joel Piñeiro really wants to stick around with the Cardinals a while longer. He has reportedly told his agent to get a deal done that will keep him here if at all possible.&n ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Ryan Franklin and Trever Miller Both Get New Contracts

    baseball-almanac.comFace of a future LOOGY: Trever Miller early in his career with the Tigers.​The Cardinals certainly are being proactive this season, aren't they? Not only did the Cards give Ryan Franklin the new contract the two sides had apparently been discussing for some time, they also ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Ryan Franklin to be Extended; No Word Yet on a Beard Extension

    Ryan Franklin and the Cardinals are very close to an extension of his contract, one which would make his 2010 option year official and add on an additional season. Actually, it seems the two sides have been close on this for the better part of a week now, making me more than a little curious as to w ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Game Notes: Astros 4, Cardinals 3 08/27/09 -- An Ugly Loss

    failblog.org​-- I hate Brian Moehler. A lot. It never fails to irritate me when the Cardinals get shut down by some journeyman pitcher, and it happens every single time they see Moehler. Somehow, he has still never lost to the Birds, despite being an incredibly mediocre pitcher overall. Hell, take ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Welcome to St. Louis, Manny

    Ramirez​I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the reception of one Manfred Ramirez. (I wish his name really were Manfred. That would be awesome.) Manny was, of course, quite roundly booed every time up in last night's game between the Cardinals and Dodgers, and really, I don't think anyon ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    All-Star Game Opening Ceremony Highlights for the ADD-Addled

    Did the sweeping music of the All-Star game's opening ceremonies lull you to sleep? Did the "All-Stars Among Us" video bore you to tears, or just cause you to change the channel? Did all that talking by MC Joe Buck aggravate you? If so -- but you still want to catch up on a bit o' baseball history t ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    "La Russa Becomes The First Manager to Think for the Cycle"

    blogs.seattleweekly.comThat's the line one of the best baseball writers on the planet, the Seattle Times' Larry Stone, uses to talk up the intelligence of the animal rights activist formerly known as Cards manager Tony La Russa in his always-hilarious "Power Rankings" column.Stone happens to think p ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Rick Ankiel's Fancy New Mustache

    I really don't get it. What in the hell is going on with the Cardinals and their facial hair these days? Edit: Oh, and thank you very much to Mr. Nick Lucchesi for scooping me on this one. Awesome. Just what I've always wanted; to play second fiddle to an editor. A damned editor!!! 

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    April 14, 2009

    Ryan Franklin's New Beard Must Be Stopped

    Okay, the time has come for someone to put their foot down, and that foot is me. Something has got to be done about that thing on Ryan Franklin's face.  I don't know what the fuck it is, or exactly what Franklin thought he was going for when he started trying to cultivate it, but this has ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009
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    March 26, 2009

    Miscues: Local Cardinals Media Round-Up

    Friends, I think you'll all agree that, in general, I'm a pretty positive guy. A ray of sunshine in an otherwise overcast land of --What? You don't agree with that? You say that I'm bitter, nasty, sarcastic, and rather appalling human being in general?Alright. Fair enough. That's probably closer to ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Playing Like a Cardinal in 2009

    A couple of days ago I received a very nice email, from a man who works in the Cardinals' Fan Development Office (I assume that's what used to be referred to as marketing), passing along a link to the Cards' new batch of advertisements for 2009. They're using the Play Like a Cardinal theme agai ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Watching Cardinals' Bullpen is Second-Worst Pain Ever

    You know, I had planned on writing about Chris Carpenter's return to the mound this morning. I had planned on writing about Manny Ramirez making his ridiculous way to St. Louis. Instead of all that, though, I would like to tell you a little story. One of my earliest -- and, unfortunately, most viv ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008

    Joe Mather a Bright Spot in a Frustrating Season

    Ah. I see your game now, Tony. You give Ryan Franklin the vote of confidence, causing me to go into a raging tirade about making Kyle McClellan the closer, then you come out a couple of hours later and make Izzy the closer again. I see what you did there. Tony La Russa is trying to destroy my br ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    The Case for Kyle McClellan as the Cards Closer

    Well, one out of three against the Mets is certainly better than 0-for-4 against the Brewers, right? Of course, even within that one victory over the New York club, we still saw the club's current closer, one Mr. Ryan Franklin, give up a home run in the ninth inning. It was the third outing in a r ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008
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    June 6, 2008

    Heartbreaking Loss in D.C. Could Have Been Avoided

    OK. I've got a question for everyone out there. Be honest, now. When you saw both Chris Perez and Ryan Franklin used in the first game of a split doubleheader, a game in which Todd Wellemeyer, who was cruising along just as easy as you please, what did you think? If you're anything like me, you pr ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008

    It Hurts to Say It: The Case for Lance Berkman for MVP

    All right. This is really, really going to hurt me to say, but I figure I just need to do it quickly, like ripping off a bandage. Get it out there in the open. Here goes. Lance Berkman should win the MVP award this year. Oh, God. What have I done? How am I going to live with myself? Last Night ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: A Nasty Bullpen Pattern Emerges

    So far this year, we've seen the Cardinals win games in a lot of different ways. We've seen great starting performances carry the day, despite little offense. We've seen mediocre starting performances get bailed out by solid offensive contributions. We've even seen games in which the bullpen, coming ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Cards Blog: A Nasty Bullpen Pattern Emerges

    So far this year, we've seen the Cardinals win games in a lot of different ways. We've seen great starting performances carry the day, despite little offense. We've seen mediocre starting performances get bailed out by solid offensive contributions. We've even seen games in which the bullpen, coming ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    Cards Blog: Wainwright should have received the 'W'

    Hell of a game last night, fellows. Great job bouncing back after a rough go of it against the Giants. Stlcardinals.com Wainwright I realize that wins and losses for pitchers are really kind of a meaningless stat, but I also happen to be in the minority who thinks it sucks. Last night, Adam Wa ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    Cards Blog: Wainwright should have received the 'W'

    Hell of a game last night, fellows. Great job bouncing back after a rough go of it against the Giants. Stlcardinals.com Wainwright I realize that wins and losses for pitchers are really kind of a meaningless stat, but I also happen to be in the minority who thinks it sucks. Last night, Adam Wa ... More >>

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    April 2, 2008

    Tough Times Ahead for Cardinals Pitching

    When the Cardinals signed Ryan Franklin to a two-year extension in August of last year, the club believed it had shored up its setup slot for the next couple of years. Franklin was in the midst of a spectacular season then, pitching the eighth inning ahead of Jason Isringhausen, with an ERA that hov ... More >>

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    April 2, 2008

    Tough Times Ahead for Cardinals Pitching

    When the Cardinals signed Ryan Franklin to a two-year extension in August of last year, the club believed it had shored up its setup slot for the next couple of years. Franklin was in the midst of a spectacular season then, pitching the eighth inning ahead of Jason Isringhausen, with an ERA that hov ... More >>

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