Philadelphia Phillies storyline: armed and dangerous

Roy Halladay sits atop the rotation of the Philadelphia Phillies and major league baseball.  What other preeminent arms are business as usual, and which ones are producing questionable stats?  Plus, as the red pinstripes heal properly, the optimistic projections are time-related and ability-notated.




Penthouse Occupancy
 for the 8-5 triumph:  3

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Laynce Nix.

He launched a deep rocket and went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI. The smoked 2-run blast in the 4th wasn’t monster enough, however, for the Animal House.

Laynce Nix Crosses The Plate In The 4th

Hunter Pence stroked an opposite-field, 2-RBI dong in the 4th to provide some support for the wings. Pete Orr hooked a bases-filled triple in the 7th after a missed call by our Angel (Hernandez).

Rally Tal & Cap in the 7th: 3 singles, including a sac bunt and an umpire error–were followed by Orr’s three-bagger.

A House Call was addressed for Mike Stutes, who was DL’ed, and Michael Schwimer will get a second tryout to impress the brass.





In-House Solutions:

Who will be back first? Ryan Howard is one week away from aggressive baseball activity. After that, he will require 14-28 rehab days, which breaks down to 2 weeks of games and the other 2 for rounding into shape. Chase Utley is not only returning with last year’s strength, but he has regained the leg power to hit taters. He is hitting with authority and fielding somewhat aggressively, which means we’ll probably see him near the same date as Ryan. That timeframe is 3 to 5 weeks approximately.



I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.



If you were directed here by a feed and this article does not mention yesterday’s contest, please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. (Early morning readers may arrive before the latest post.)  Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom.  Thank you.

Juan Pierre's Single In The 7th Was Not A Trap






Fistful Of Aces:


These are the 2012 statistics for the absolute best hurlers in the majors. This shows how they have done as the end of April draws near. At the summit, the only so-called disappointment is Tim Lincecum. I phrase it that way because the signs were present last summer. His fastball is now a spot pitch because of the dip in velocity, his command is not consistent, and he can no longer get outs with his reputation. He will lose his ranking among the elite and may not even be a one after September.

Hunter's 4th-Inning Shot

Justin Verlander can take the Freak’s place, if he establishes his recent brilliance for the entire 162. Matt Cain has become the more dominant staff member of the Giants, and was only a one on April 1. Josh Beckett is a stud every other year and 2011 was his redeeming one. Clayton Kershaw and Jered Weaver have replicated their greatness, and things don’t look likely to change. David Price is excellent, so far, but it is not an unbroken continuance. The other young horses had their one summer under the sun, and ‘12 doesn’t seem to offer the same, yet.

Fans Battle For Vic's Bomb In The 8th

Jake Peavy may be healthy again, like his numbers suggest. Josh Johnson may dominate again after a month under his belt, while Adam Wainwright may need a lot longer than that. Johan Santana is between those 2 progress-wise. Tim Hudson will make an early May appearance, Roy Oswalt will toe the rubber for someone in late June, and Chris Carpenter might be back–or not.

The aces are broken into 4 groups, which is the first number shown. The 1st is constructed of the top 5 MLB studs after the 2011 campaign. The 2nd makes up the best starters who are knocking on that door. The 3rd contains the young wings with 1 exceptional season during the last 2 tours. The 4th includes those who have been held back by injuries.


NOTE:  Click entries button to open more than the visible 10.


CONV =  Converted Start Of 6.1 Innings Or More

INN+ = Minimum Innings For Conversion Number

BAD = Clunker


[table id=140 /]


King Cole Hurls A Changeup In San Diego On April 20








Cole Hamels:


He continues to excel in the number one role seamlessly since April 30 of 2010.  Doc’s arrival only expedited his rise in status.  However, the battle in homer-friendly Chase Field is even more so during the see-the-ball-better daylight.


[table id=122 /]


Trevor Cahill Works Against The Braves At Home On April 20



Trevor Cahill:


He had a career year in 2010, which was sandwiched between 2 okay summers.  The first 2-4 months in the NL will be an improvement until he’s exposed to the league. That could happen sooner with this shooting gallery for his home park.


[table id=84 /]


Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.


[table id=85 /]



DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick UP



[table id=86 /]




The next preview of Nitecap Insight is on hold due to continuing feed problems.   It will return shortly at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook.  Join for notification of future glimpses, which will be almost daily.  You’ll also know immediately when my isportsweb post goes up.  It might be worth your while because I have seen delays of 2 hours on feeds.

Check out my previous publication (Pitchforks Or Patience), and the 34 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent review linked below.

Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked the Phillies page, because feeds are erratic at times.



TAL’S HANDY CAPS at Facebook

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: the gallows of expectation

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: cursed limbs (Horsemen stats)

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 18

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 17