I Know It’s Only ONE Game…

ryan-franklin sad.jpgBUT…

When that one game exposes a rudimentary flaw that I have been gripin’ about for over three years now, then that’s when trouble starts.  That’s when walls in my apartment become punch-holed and that’s when my neighbors consider burning me at the stake for my insane bouts of baseball rapture.

Ryan Franklin… brother… I love ya… and I know you only blew two saves last year, but you ain’t a closer.

Pitching to contact is fine if you’re Derek Lowe.  It’s fine if you’re a starter.  Heck, it’s fine if you’re guaranteed that the batted balls are going straight into someone’s glove.  But in the 9th inning, with a one run lead… I don’t want ANYONE ON BASE.  NO ONE. 

Ya hear me?

When I bring a guy in to close a game, I want someone with firepower, someone with strikeout potential… someone who throws GAS, someone with a wicked slider, someone with an impossible-to-hit cutter. 

Think Mo Rivera.  Think Dennis Eckersely.  Think Neftali Feliz.

The closer’s job is to come in and close the game, not to let ‘em hit it and hope your defense saves you. 

No. 

The best way to close a game is to miss the hitters’ bats.  And Ryan Franklin has a real hard time doin’ that.

Now, for more on this, let us turn to our junior RSBS correspondents:

http://www.viddler.com/player/63ff3f60/

Happy Friday!

Jeff

2 Comments

If this is normal behavior for you, even just a few times a season, your neighbors probably have a Cardinal loss emergency plan. You know, like our earthquake plans in California? They’ll have preventative measures. No artwork or important photos on the shared walls. Strap the bookshelves to the walls, Keep the heirloom china in the next room, that sort of thing. Then there is the plan itself. Apartment exit maps. Assigned buddies to make sure the youngest and oldest neighbors get out safely. And a designated meeting place, most likely a bar, where they can all regroup and imbibe therapy until the building stops shaking…eh, I think anyone who knows the “special” pain of a closer failing to close would agree, losses like that are some of the worst.
- Kristen
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Matt Holliday held in his rage to the point that his appendix blew. That’s *two* blow-ups.
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