Philadelphia Phillies Story Line: The Pence Dynamic

Two days removed from a Herculean 6-run comeback, Hunter Pence and the Philadelphia Phillies were human in the 4-2 final. How have the other 7 regulars performed since Pence joined the club during this 11-2 record?

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Yesterday’s Penthouse Occupancy was 2: John Kruk and Memory Lane. Kruk’s plaque resides on the Wall Of Fame with his guts-enough-to-win-here sentiment. In most eras The Phillies (shortened version of the originally-named Philadelphians) have had a hurler and a position player to represent memorable squads. 1950 had Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn. 1964 had Jim Bunning and Richie Allen. 1980 had Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt. 1983 had John Denny and Schmidt. 1993 had Curt Schilling and Dutch Daulton. 2008 had Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard. 2011 has the Apocalyptic Horsemen and Ryno. Schilling and Denny were not there last night, but 5 retirees were.

The Phillies are 36 games over .500, which equals a season of many positives. I have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially after drubbings and defeats. I am now alternating the 2011 ERA For The NL East and 2011 ERA For The MLB 5 ( Philadelphia Phillies: 2011 ERA For The NL East At Game 118 ) with the latest in the link. Also, they will be posted just prior to the next ballgame and/or on the day after no official Phillies’ contest. Check out The Phillies page by placing the pointer over MLB at the top, and click on the name. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page, because feeds are erratic at times. Many visitors come from these outlets, and it is always obvious when one of those didn’t work. Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage.

Hunter On Foul Ball Attempt In The 7th

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT:

 

 

Tailor-Made Lineup:

 

Pence brings infectious energy, genuine excitement and is reinvigorated by the prospect of meaningful October baseball. The brightest stars are known for elevating the game of their teammates, but a complimentary player can affect the order also. This article will present how the rest of the starters have done statistically, because one wrinkle alters how they are dealt with by the opposition on the bump. The table below is for the 13 contests with Pence, including last night.

 

REG.

 

 

AVG.

 

 

HR

 

 

RBI

 

 

AB

 

 

R

 

 

H

 

 

SB

 

 

CS

 

 

BB

 

 

IBB

 

 

J-Roll

.264

1

09

53

08

14

5

2

7

0

Vic

.360

3

06

50

12

18

2

0

7

0

Chase

.240

0

04

50

05

12

2

0

4

0

Ryno

.320

5

13

50

08

16

5

1

Hunter

.327

3

10

52

06

17

4

1

Raul

.200

2

07

45

05

09

4

1

Polly

.292

0

01

24

01

07

1

0

Chooch

.235

0

01

34

03

08

0

0

 

The numbers are very revealing from top to bottom: the regulars are receiving more fastballs, including the Big Piece. The two speed merchants at the top are receiving more strikes to prevent free passes and swiped bags. Their legs on base equate to heaters for the middle of the lineup–or more multi-run bombs. Jimmy Rollins has a .350 OBP, and Shane Victorino has a .439 OBP since the 5 spot was cemented after the trade. Mound foes are forced to use more pitches also.

Umpire's Ground-Rule-Double Call On Ballgirl Interference In The 6th

As Rynosaur Howard and Pence remain on fire, Chase Utley will be walked or be offered something better to swing at. Currently, he is the out in the first five, which won’t last long. Ryno and Hunter are receiving a more appealing diet for different reasons. Howard has thieving runners on the pillows, which translates to more cheese. Pence is mostly facing right-handed throwers from the 1st toss, and they would rather risk his stroke: .282, 1 tater plus 7 RBI. He is, however, dining on the southpaws with the predominate left-swinging 3-6 slots. He is 6 for 13 with lefties on the rubber in the first: .462, 2 jacks and 3 RBI.

J-Roll’s RBI count is a testament to the hit production of Raul Ibanez, Polly Polanco and Chooch Ruiz. Any of the 3 can burn a rival with their sticks. There will be no easy pickings when Polly’s health improves, and when Ibanez is hot, like every other month. Chooch is known for hitting in the clutch, especially during the postseason. Of course, the latest wrinkle is the 7 hole with Polly and Vic as interchangeable parts. Polanco is a tough out and Victorino can pop one at important times. There were many situations last summer where Jayson Werth came up small, and that means this order could be more like 2009. Plus, Hunter is more electric and consistent with a .300 average: bad news for the competition.

There are 45 story lines so far and most will continue throughout 2011. The Approval Stamp is ( Philadelphia Phillies Story Line: The Impact of Pence, Beltran And Bourne ) in my previous publication. Tailor-Made Lineup is the 29th of those 44 that can be found in my author archives (  ).

 

                                                                       Roy Oswalt vs. John Lannan

Roy Oswalt On August 7 In San Francisco

 

 

THE PRECAP:

 

 

I’m really looking forward to watching the Wizard pitch with his back problems in the rearview mirror. He’s fresh, needs to build up his arm strength, and mount the hill with a passion. He drew Lannan who has had major difficulties against the Phils, but this season he has had 2 decent showings at home to 1 monstrosity away. Oswalt in his early-June loss to The Nats had this result: 79 tosses, 5 full, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 2 bases on balls and 3 whiffed. Lannan is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA against the locals, recording: 13.1 total, 17 hits, 10 runs (8 earned), 7 passed and 5 retired on strikes.

 

The Phillies:

Little Roy has worked 77.1 innings, permitting 89 hits, 35 runs (33 earned) and 21 walks (1 intentional) to 46 K’s. He is 4-7 with a 3.84 ERA, producing 6.1 frames or more in 3 of 14 chances. The ledger for the Wizard’s return is: 93 bullets, 12 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 BB and 4 strikeouts. Without the two short outings, he has authored 72.1 total, navigating around 78 hits, 26 runs (24 earned) and 19 bases on balls (1 intentional) to 45 punch outs for a 2.99 ERA.

 

Game 2:  RHP Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84 ERA) vs. LHP John Lannan (8-7, 3.56 ERA) on Saturday Night

John Lannan On August 7 In Denver

 

 

The Nats:

Lannan is 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA for 139 complete, allowing 137 hits, 58 runs (55 earned) and 56 free passes (2 intentional) to 83 whiffs. He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 9 of his 24 appearances. He has 6 clunkers and 1 disappointing offering. In his previous effort he went 6 full on 98 peas, managing 6 hits, 1 run (earned) and 4 walked to 3 K’ed.

 

 

Upcoming Home Precap:

Game 3:  RHP Doc Halladay (15-4, 2.51 ERA) vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-2, 3.60 ERA) on Sunday Afternoon

 

The Apocalyptic Horsemen: Stats

 

 

The Apocalyptic Horsemen:

 

Against The Nats, Cole Hamels labored for this line: 88 misfired cartridges, 5 complete, 6 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 4 BB and 5 fanned. Without his 3 debacles, he is 13-4 with a 1.91 ERA, achieving at least 6.1 frames in 18 of 23 master works. King Cole has tallied 160 total, negotiating through 110 hits, 34 all-earned runs and 26 passed (2 intentional) to 144 punched out. That is in 22 of his 25 attempts for 88%.

CONV = Converted Start Of Innings Or More (IN+)

 

 

ACE

 

 

W

 

 

L

 

 

ERA

 

 

IN+

 

 

CONV

 

 

CG

 

 

SO

 

 

STOPS

 

 

Total

44

25

2.80

6.1+

60 of 87

13

5

16 of 20

Halladay

15

04

2.51

6.1+

21 of 24

06

0

08 of 09

Lee

12

07

2.83

6.1+

18 of 24

05

5

00 of 01

Oswalt

04

07

3.84

6.1+

03 of 14

00

0

01 of 03

Hamels

13

07

2.62

6.1+

18 of 25

02

0

07 of 07

 

 

 

ACE

 

 

IN

 

 

H

 

 

R

 

 

ER

 

 

BB

 

 

IBB

 

 

SO

 

 

Total

597.0

539

193

186

111

4

541

Halladay

175.2

162

052

049

022

1

163

Lee

172.0

153

056

054

034

0

177

Oswalt

077.1

089

035

033

020

1

046

Hamels

172.0

135

050

050

035

2

155

 

 

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