Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies will continue his exercise regimen with the team before he begins rehab games for approximately a two-week period. My own circumstances involve a similar breakdown that affected my presence on the baseball stage. Tomorrow is my return to the new normal.
Mac, their feed computer, was out of order, which meant neither acceptance nor rejection. That problem has been fixed, but all commentary during that timeframe has been passed over. The restart was initiated early yesterday morning. The malfunction stopped all feeds, not just mine. These articles require a large chunk of time and I have to maximize availability, if I want continued sanity. Thank you, your patience is appreciated. Remember, my preference is to write about the hometown crew. That said, on days when Mac denies my analysis, I will probably update the write-up and have an extended Cap-Size Hindsight.
So, here is the link to The Height Of The Wall.
The red pinstripes went 3-3 on the road, taking 2 of 3 in Atlanta. The Nats and Phils handed each other a 6-run rout (7-1 and 9-3), while the first battle was a win for Washington after 2 decisive blown calls plus 2 extra frames. Both clubs sent messages. Firstly, the young guns on the way up want to issue notice of their intentions for the foreseeable future. In the other dugout, the combat-tested veterans aren’t ready to surrender the hard-earned mantle at the top. This was only the initial skirmish between these two.
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 review 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.
Penthouse Occupancy for the 9-3 triumph: 3
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Cole Hamels.
The stopper came up huge under the national lights, going 8 innings with 8 K’s. He was joined on the top floor by Hunter Pence and Polly Polanco. Hunter walloped a deep 2-RBI shot to left center during the 4th–that wasn’t monster enough for the Animal House. Polly gave the bottom of the order a lift with an RBI knock in the 4th during a 3 for 5 night.
The Hunter also devoured 4 sirloins and 2 taters at the Steak House during his 2 for 5 evening.
The Frat House makes its first appearance with Brother Hamels from San Diego, who initiated the new pledge in the 1st appropriately. The rookie swiped home after taking 3rd on a flare to left, but it didn’t end there. Hamels was plunked near his back-leg knee by the opposing starter, adding pain to revenge during the 3rd. However, King Cole followed that with a single during the next-frame uprising and a free pass against his rival, which hastened his exit in the 7th.
Rally Tal & Cap in the 4th: A leadoff walk, a bomb and a pair of one-baggers produced 3 on the scoreboard. The six-tally 9th included a base on balls, a steal, 3 singles, a double, a triple and a paint-scraping homer.
The Glass House that is owned by Brian Sanches is added to the growing list of ineffective relievers. He relinquished 2 runs in a mop-up role, which is a car trip to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Last summer Michael Stutes and David Herndon provided a grab bag of good and bad efforts. Even with those 2 jobs unsecured, Joe Savery and Michael Schwimer have been unimpressive. Justin De Fratus won’t be back until June, but Jake Diekman is making a case for the 2nd lefty of the Bank relief corps at Lehigh Valley.
You can bet your paycheck on a bounce-back outing. However, the extent of his personal leave was an unknown factor that may have impacted his last showing. If he has a rough evening, that would be the only pebble-in-the-shoe differential.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He seems to be better than his numbers when he faces the locals. He has the potential to be a three. That said, there is always the possibility he could struggle too.
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.
|NUMBER||A One||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Split Finger|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||4th 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 DOWN
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|
COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 DARTS
|ACE||W - L||ERA||INN+||CONV||CG||SO||BAD||INN||H||R||ER||BB||IBB||SO|
|Total||11 - 8||3.05||7.0||19 of 27||0||0||3||185.2||160||64||63||35||0||169|
|Halladay||04 - 5||3.98||7.0||08 of 11||0||0||3||072.1||069||32||32||14||0||056|
|Lee||00 - 2||2.82||7.0||05 of 07||0||0||0||051.0||041||16||16||08||0||047|
|Hamels||07 - 1||2.17||7.0||06 of 09||0||0||0||062.1||050||16||15||13||0||066|
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 submissions, because I don’t want a large readership excluded or my time wasted.
COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL:
TAL 1 – MAC 0
Philadelphia Phillies storyline: first and last is tomorrow’s review.
There are previews–time permitting–of my next storyline 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 (Ruth Or Mays) and the 42 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.
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.