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Franklin’s FAIL

July 10, 2010

(Full disclosure: In my opinion, the FAIL meme needs to die. Sorry for my usage of it, but I don’t know what else could accurately describe the relief outings discussed here.)

DanUp took a quick look at Cincy’s monumental meltdown against the Phillies last night, which somewhat mirrored Franklin’s epic, failtacular night against Colorado. It was clearly a 10.5 on the Swampgas scale, but how does it stack up against other bullpen failures in Cardinal history?

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR WPA ▴ RE24 aLI
1 Herm Wehmeier 1957-09-21 STL CIN L 8-9 8-10f,BL 2.0 3 3 3 2 1 2 -0.992 0.117 2.863
2 Ryan Franklin 2010-07-06 STL COL L 9-12 9-9f ,L 0.1 6 6 6 0 0 2 -0.981 -4.570 2.476
3 Dennis Eckersley 1996-05-18 STL COL L 8-9 9-9f ,L 0.1 4 5 5 1 0 2 -0.973 -2.672 2.958
4 Phil Clark 1958-04-23 STL SFG L 7-8 9-9f ,BL 0.0 2 2 0 0 0 1 -0.960 -1.927 3.725
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/10/2010.

Franklin didn’t quite reach Herm Wehmeier’s level. Wehmeier blew a save in the 9th on a game-tying HR, was given the lead back in the 10th and then lost it in the 10th on a homer.  But at least he recorded more than an out.

Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley also had his trouble with the Rockies, coughing up a four run lead in the ninth back in the pre-humidor days at Coors.

The lesson: Poop happens in Denver.

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