Karablog: The curious case of Maikel Franco

Happy days in Philadelphia have been few and far between for Maikel Franco. Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco burst on the scene in May 2015 by hitting for both power and average and he looked like a future star. Two ordinary seasons later -- and with the Phillies hardly lacking in depth or the financial resources to find someone considerably better -- Franco looks like he is playing for his starting role. Thursday's performance, in which he fell merely a double shy of the cycle is certainly interesting, especially after he managed only a single in his first 11 at-bats to start the season.