Ryan Franklin

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    August 6, 2012

    History Repeating for The Cardinals?

    It was a good weekend for the Cardinals. Like, a really good weekend. A really really good weekend, in fact. They swept the Milwaukee Brewers, looking like a legitimate title contender for the first time in quite a while. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds played each other, with the Re ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    The Return of the Filthy Sanchez

    The Cardinals made a roster move today, attempting to shore up a recently shaky bullpen by recalling Eduardo Sanchez, aka Dirty Sanchez, aka Filthy Sanchez, aka Fast Eddie, aka Fritz von Filthington, aka The Southern Dandy (note: none of these are real nicknames, but they all should be), from Triple ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Cards Win Beltran Sweepstakes

    It's like Ed McMahon dropped by Busch Stadium yesterday, with a big check that read 4.0 WAR in the dollar amount box. ​Christmas came a little early for Cardinal fans this year. For the Cardinal offense, too. The Cards agreed to terms with Carlos Beltran yesterday on a two-year deal for appro ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Arthur Rhodes: Cardinals Throw More Crap At the Wall

    Now tell me that's not a face that inspires confidence. ​The Cardinals yesterday came to terms with the latest in a long, long line of reclamation projects, signing 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes to a contract which will make him the club's new LOOGY. (Left-handed One Out GuY.) The Cards have been dang ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Cards Are Swept Out of First Place by The Brewers -- So What Now?

    The Cards ran into one of these over the weekend. There were no survivors. ​It was, to put it lightly, a bad weekend to be a Cardinals fan. The Redbirds headed into Milwaukee up 2.5 games in the divisional race after taking 2 of 3 from the Astros. Three days later, the Cards limped out of Miller P ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Jess Todd Headed Home to The Cards

    Jess Todd shown getting off the bus today.​The Cardinals claimed reliever Jess Todd off waivers yesterday, snatching him up after the New York Yankees designated him for assignment. The move was accompanied by the transfer of Bryan Augenstein to the 60-day disabled list to make room. Coming t ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    The Decline of Chris Carpenter

    It wouldn't be terrible if Chris Carpenter's decline went along the lines of British Sea Power's. He might not pitch as well anymore, but his records should be markedly better. ​I feel like there should really be a question mark in that title somewhere. The Decline of Chris Carpenter can't possibl ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    The Opening Day Crystal Ball: 2011 MLB Predictions

    I actually dressed up like this to write this post. I predict the itching of this beard will soon drive me to madness. ​Just a bare handful of hours, now, until the Cardinals' 2011 season gets underway. Plenty of ink and bytes have been spilled talking about what the season may bring, lots of it r ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Previewing the Padres

    commons.wikimedia.orgAdmit it. That's a creepy effing mascot. ​​The Cardinals travel to San Diego tonight to begin a series against the surprising Padres, who sit atop the NL West. Looking over at the other dugout, the Cards just may see a mirror image of themselves, a team succeeding mostly on ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 3, Trolley Dodgers 2 17/08/09 - The Best Day Ever

    A couple of years ago, back when Charlie Haeger was floating around between Triple A and the majors with the White Sox, I was really hoping the Cardinals might check into acquiring him. At the time, it didn't look as if Chicago had a whole lot of use for him, and I thought he would make a great pick ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Jaime Garcia On the Comeback Trail

    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was down in Florida last night to watch Jaime Garcia pitch. Could the youngster be in the bigs this season?​One of the Cardinals' best pitching prospects - probably the best, actually, at least until Shelby Miller signs - took another step last night in his attempt to re ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Circling the Drain

    Does anybody want to tell me when this whole thing just went to hell? Remember when the Cardinals were a first-class organization, one that made smart moves, fielded competitive teams, and had everyone pulling in the same direction? Well, guess what, folks, the party, as they say, is over. ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009
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    July 17, 2009

    The Cardinals Second Half Preview

    First, and most importantly, you'll have to forgive the lack of a clever title. I thought and thought, then thought some more, and really just didn't like any of the options I came up with. Some were too obscure, some not obscure enough, some didn't make much sense, still others lacked any tie to th ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Josh Kinney v2.0: Now 65% More Awesome

    To this point in the 2009 season, the Cardinal bullpen has been one of the most consistent strengths for Tony La Russa's squad. The offense was brilliant early, then fell apart completely at the seams. The starting rotation has been mostly strong, but injuries and less than sterling performances fro ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Roster Problems

    Yesterday afternoon, we saw what was, in my ever so humble opinion, the best start so far this year from a Cardinal go to waste. Chris Carpenter deserves some apologies, and a better outcome next time out. The question, of course, is how do you get him a better outcome next time? 

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    April 16, 2009

    Cardinals Post-Game Notes: April 16, 2009

    Just a couple of quick impressions from the Cards' first contest of the year against the Chicago Nine.  

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    March 24, 2009

    Khlosure for Khalil

    At last, the suspense is over. Our long national (or at least local), nightmare is over. We finally know who the player to be named later in the Khalil Greene trade is. The Cardinals and Padres completed the deal that brought Greene here yesterday, with Luke Gregerson, a right-handed relie ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Top 10 Stories about the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals

    Spring training is officially underway, with real, no-foolin' games being played and everything. The beginning of a long, twisty road that leads through summer and into autumn, hopefully ending late in October with a nice, new piece of hardware to add to the trophy case at Busch Stadium.At the very ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Awards Time: The Best of the Cardinals and the Cardinal Blogs

    I've spoken in the past of the United Cardinal Bloggers project, I know. Well, see, it's the time of year when those of us who take part in such things all gather 'round the flickering monitor screen and take a vote. We vote on things large and small, exquisite and banal. And then, when all the vote ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Tony La Russa's Message to Cardinal Fans

    Another day, another loss for the Cardinals. All just a part of this team's complete collapse over the last month of the season. You know what, though? I don't have a huge problem with the losses. I really don't. Don't get me wrong; it is very frustrating to watch this team go in the tank, but I c ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    McClellan, Perez, Show Against Marlins They are Future of Cardinals Bullpen

    I do believe we may have seen the future last night. Or, at least, I hope we saw the future. Seems like a trip to south Florida always does wonders for the spirits (and the record) for the Cardinals, doesn't it? The Cards have consistently pounded the Marlins the past few years, both here in St. L ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Chris Duncan Looks Lost Out There

    When the 2008 season opened, I, like a lot of other people I'm sure, had various ideas about what this year would be about. Lots of us thought it would be about assessment, about looking at the current resources and deciding just what we have here. Others thought it would be about angry fans, disgus ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    Leaked Version of Mitchell Report Names Pujols, Other Cardinals

    [Update: December 13, 2007 1:10 p.m.]: The "leaked" Mitchell list is plenty bogus as far as Cardinals players are concerned. No Pujols. No Kile. No Tavarez. No Tatis. No Nunez. Cardinals who are on the list: Cody McKay Ryan Franklin Mark McGwire Jason Christiansen Fernando Vina Gary Bennett Rick A ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    Leaked Version of Mitchell Report Names Pujols, Other Cardinals

    [Update: December 13, 2007 1:10 p.m.]: The "leaked" Mitchell list is plenty bogus as far as Cardinals players are concerned. No Pujols. No Kile. No Tavarez. No Tatis. No Nunez. Cardinals who are on the list: Cody McKay Ryan Franklin Mark McGwire Jason Christiansen Fernando Vina Gary Bennett Rick A ... More >>