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Thursday, January 05, 2006


ESPN.com - MLB - Phillies add ex-Mariner Franklin to rotation
Why?

The Phillies play their home games in a home run stadium (13% more home runs). (Granted, they're moving the fence in left out and making it higher, but I don't think that will change much.) Franklin played his home games in a stadium that depressed home runs(-21%). Fire, meet gasoline.

Even in the pitcher friendly Safeco Stadium (14.6% fewer runs, Citizens Bank park increased scoring 2.4%), Franklin (career stats) still only managed ERAs of 4.90 and 5.10 in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Plus, he'll be 33. A bit old to expect him to put it together.

Hopefully, he's not guaranteed a spot in the rotation. We've got some young guys I'd like to see get a shot. (Floyd, Tejeda, Madson, Brito, Hamels later in the year if he puts it together)

(Park effect statistics via ESPN.)

UPDATE: I forgot: He also tested positive for steroids last year. If he was that bad on the juice, what'll he be like without it?

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