Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa has expressed confidence in closer Ryan Franklin, but it may be time to try a different hand. Ryan Franklin blew his fourth save in five opportunties in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers today. Trevor Miller started the inning against lefthander Andre Ethier to start the bottom of the ninth inning and Franklin came on to face Matt Kemp, who hit a walk-off homer to centerfield.
One of the blown saves wasn't his fault as Colby Rasmus dropped the potential last out against the Giants and it was somehow scored a double. But Franklin has now allowed three home runs in 4 2/3 innings with eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
So who's next in line? It could be a committee. My guess is Mitchell Boggs. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning today. In nine innings, he has allowed three hits, two runs, walked three and struck out 12. Jason Motte may be the closer of the future, but had a terrible spring and started slowly. He was better in his last two outings. In seven innings, he has allowed four hits. two runs, walked four and struck out just three, although they all came in his last two appearance.
Of course, LaRussa likes veterans and he could always go with Miguel Batista. If I had to get one off the waiver wire, I'm going Boggs.