Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies hit 58 bombs during his first full season, which puts him in the paragraph with 2 superstars. Who are those 2? I’ll give you a brief appraisal before a 1-question poll. Howard is definitely not in this small circle and no active major leaguers are either.
Penthouse Occupancy for the 4-0 triumph: 3
The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Joe Blanton.
He hurled a CG SO 3-hitter with only 88 bullets. He was joined on the top floor by Laynce Nix and Shane Victorino. Nix launched a 7th-frame missile over the dead centerfield wall near the 400’ sign, which is the deepest part of a big yard. It put him in the Animal House, as well. Vic added a 2-run insurance bomb in the 9th that allowed Kentucky Joe to relax for the final outs.
Jimmy Rollins (dunk single), Juan Pierre (bunt hit) and 2 sac flies grew a 1st-inning tally for Greenhouse Cholley.
Big Joe lost track of the 8th-frame outs and was easily doubled off 1st, which proved to be decisive in the Kangaroo Courthouse.
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.
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Ruth Or Mays:
There are two standouts: The original monster in the middle versus the 5-tool natural. I’ve heard Willie Mays mentioned the most in this comparison. Considering that Babe Ruth was a number one and the premier slugger in MLB history, he is a solid candidate for the top of the 100-year-old+ mountain. On the other hand, the Say Hey Kid, who could swipe bags at will, hit for average, power plus production; and he was a solid glove man. He was not only the pure player but he also put on a show: He deliberately slid to snare low liners, wearing his cap in such a way that it would fly off simultaneously. He achieved at least 20 stolen bases 7 times and is known for The Catch (see photo).
|Willie Mays||.347||52||141||10 Yrs.||06 Yrs.||11 Yrs.|
|Babe Ruth||.393||60||171||15 Yrs.||11 Yrs.||13 Yrs.|
Both have contributed to 2 of the 3 most indelible moments in the Fall Classic. The other was the only perfect game, which occurred in 1956 by Don Larson during the 5th contest. In 1932, the Bambino called a centerfield 3-run blast on a 2-2 count after taunting from Cubs fans. It broke a 4-4, 5th-inning deadlock in game 3. Mays’ defensive gem occurred during the first battle of the 1954 World Series with 2 on in the 2-2, 8th-frame stalemate. It was a twisting, over-the-shoulder snag of a 460-foot rocket.
Southpaw Babe Ruth:
W - L
|1915||18 - 08||2.44||217.2||28||1|
|1916||23 - 12||1.75||323.2||41||9|
|1917||24 - 13||2.01||326.1||38||6|
The Babe pitched during the dead-ball era, which was a huge advantage for hurlers. That said, even adding a half run to his ERA, he would still be at: 2.94, 2.25 and 2.51. That was my equalizer to compare stats from studs before 1921 and after, which was when the lively-ball epoch began. From 1921 to 1973, there was a basic equivalence among the sticks for statistics. The pluses for Willie were his fielding and speed, while Ruth was an ace turned homerun king. Who was the best: Ruth, Mays or someone else?
- Kyle Kendrick:
He settled down in his 2nd appearance and he is stretched out to around 100 darts. You can expect a competitive effort, but he might only be limited to 6 full, if a pinch hitter is needed in a close battle.
DAY & TIME
|1||RHP Kyle Kendrick||0-2, 6.59 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Stephen Strasburg||2-0, 1.13 ERA||Friday, Night|
|2||RHP Vance Worley||2-1, 1.97 ERA||@ Nats||LHP Gio Gonzalez||2-1, 1.82 ERA||Saturday, Day|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||3-1, 2.78 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Jordan Zimmermann||1-2, 1.89 ERA||Sunday, Night|
The ace of their rotation has returned with 3 plus pitches, but the Nats want to limit his workload. They are looking at 160 annual innings, which means he may come out after 6 complete. However, their closer and Brad Lidge are on the DL.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
|Over The Top||Excellent|
|Short Arm||Approximately Average|
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
** Limited Resume
|NUMBER||A Five||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||3rd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Slurve ***|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||9th of 15 Categories|
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
ER - R- H
|1||Gyroball||9 (CG)||0 - 0 - 3||10||Screwball||6||4|
|2||Fastball||9 (CG)||0 - 0||11||Knuckleball||5||3|
|3||Cutter||9 (CG)||3||12||Forkball||0 - 4.2||Monstrosity|
|4||Split Finger||7||2||13||Eephus Pitch||0 - 2.2||Disaster|
|9||Slurve||5||2||*Knuckle Curve||Pitch Count|
|** = Suspended||* = A 2nd Pitch Also|
The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac. That is the feed system that has dogged me the entire month, but it allows me now to probe for a compatible solution. This only involves readers who were directed here from Fox Sports. The 2 links–Radar updated to May 2– in this section were recently passed over by a computer’s judgment. Does the national-and-all-major-sports machine understand Phillies commentary better than local fans? I discovered that the buttons and lights objected the most to the storyline when I submitted only that part. So, when the electrodes decide a Nitecap Insight isn’t to their liking, I’ll give my transferred readers a viewing opportunity the next day. I’ll keep score of acceptable to rejected commentary, because I don’t want a large readership excluded or my time wasted.
COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL:
ROUND ONE: TAL 1 – MAC 0
Philadelphia Phillies storyline: the opponent’s value is tomorrow’s review.
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Check out my previous publication (About Mac), and the 41 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 previous review.
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.