The year was 2006 and Phillies GM Pat Gillick was in search of an arm that could spot start, as well as do long and short relief (2008's Chad Durbin). Gillick's quest guided him to Ryan Franklin...he was misguided! Franklin soon became a whipping boy for the fans as he lost 5 games in relief while surrendering 10 homeruns. By the beginning of August Gillick had seen enough and shipped him to Cincy for some minor leaguer; Pat even had to throw money into the deal to coax the Reds into taking him. Franklin finished the 2006 season with the Reds and went on to sign as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals, whom the Phils happen to be facing this weekend. Since going to where Scott Rolen once referred to as "baseball heaven" Ryan has flourished posting a 3.04 era and 1.01 whip in '07 and now he's the interim closer with Jason Isrignhausen on the DL and has amassed 8 saves this season while dropping his era to 2.45. The dude absolutely sucked with the Phils, go figure he becomes reliable since being exiled.
A win is a win. Aside from Jamie Moyer's masterful performance, last night was kind of ugly. Grand Pappy went 8 shutout innings racking up his 9th career victory against the Marlins in his 9th start against the franchise...that's ownership. The Phils were lucky to pull out the W though as they stranded a ton of runners, especially late in the game with the bases loaded. Ryan Howard continues to plummet, but hey don't worry, every team has a starting 1st baseman batting near .200 leading the Majors in strikeouts right? I'm not going to go on a rant right now because the Phils did win after all. However, the offense better pick it up because the schedule from here until the All-Star break is an extremely tough one.