(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.

Erik Manning

Erik became addicted to Cardinals baseball as a young lad growing up on the mean streets of O'Fallon, MO. He moved away to Tulsa to attend Bible College, where he met his wife, who talked him into moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also known as the Bermuda triangle of baseball. His dream is to see the MLB.tv blackouts end, and his other interests are theology and philosophy of religion. He is the parent of two young boys.

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