Thursday was a tale of two potential free agents.
The Best of Times:
- John Lackey -- Lackey headlines a relatively weak starting pitchers free agent pool, but is a certified ace. He threw seven scoreless innings as he scattered four hits and struck out four in the Angels' Game 1 win against the Red Sox. Lackey is now 3-3 all time in postseason games with a 3.04 earned run average in 11 games (9 starts)
- Matt Holliday -- The big fish the Redbirds were able to snag in the offseason hit an early home run to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead against the Dodgers. Somewhere, Scott Boras was calculating how many millions he could get out of a team with each hit Holliday collects in the postseason. The problem was that the next hit Holliday would get would be to his crotch. His outfield gaffe with two outs and no one on sparked Los Angeles' game-winning rally. He is now 2-for-8 in the series.
- Ryan Franklin -- The St. Louis closer already got his money, but do you think the Redbirds' front office is having buyers remorse right now? Since Sept. 1, Franklin owns a 2-2 record and 6.75 ERA. He's allowed 15 hits in 9 innings and has allowed 10 walks after allowing nine in the previous three months combined. His 2.760 WHIP is more than three times higher than what it was in the month of June.