(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?
|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|
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.