If you own Heath Bell, you love Ryan Franklin. If you own Ryan Franklin you are likely wondering why and trying to find if Jason Motte was still a free agent in their league. Franklin blew his first save of the season by giving up a home run to the new Babe Ruth, Cameron Maybin. Granted it was the only hit he gave up, it just shows that Franklin is not a closer and is in fact as the Sabermetrics guys always say when their numbers don’t add up, “He’s lucky”.
So if you own him, as I predicted and I will stick with, by mid-May, maybe earlier, Franklin will be gone. And no Ryan, the fiery, almost scary little 1/5 beard doesn’t help you be more intimidating. A fastball faster than 90 M.P.H. would help.