Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade chips

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies was the only core member that the team tried to trade.  The Front Office was forced to deal Jim Thome instead, because nobody saw Ryno’s intangibles.  Would the 2008 club have won the Fall Classic without him?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT

 

Penthouse Occupancy for the 8-7 triumph:  4

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chooch Ruiz.

He went 4 for 5 with 3 steaks. He was joined on the top floor by Hunter Pence, Doc Halladay and Juan Pierre.

Chooch Singles In The 1st For Run 1

Hunter plated 2 with a two-out knock, allowing the good Doctor some breathing room in the 2nd. Doc supplied a solid 8 complete to record his 4th victory, and had 2 hits, scoring on both. Pierre atoned for Wednesday’s error with 2 defensive gems.

The Leather Warehouse welcomed the iron glove from Wednesday–Pierre–after his first diving catch in the 1st. He snow-coned another in the 7th.

Rally Tal & Cap in the 2nd:  Doc produced the first of 4 singles and a free pass for 3 runs.

The Glasshouse had a severely cracked wall for Jake Diekman during his 2-out performance in the 9th. He walked 2, plunked 1, and surrendered a bases-clearing double. You do not expect a totally opposite 2nd outing.

 

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Hunter Is Safe At 1st On The 8th-Inning Panicked-Throw Error

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

Trader Rube:

 

The problem with judging talent is that it’s based only on the individual, but a championship nucleus has four.  You cannot see it until the 4 players interact, like 2007.  However, you can spot some individual cogs:  Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels.  The other clues are obvious in the 6 dominate organizations since the 1965 Amateur Draft:  You finish at the bottom of the standings and select from the best prospects.  And when you’ve had a powerful core, you won’t be replacing it with another any time soon.

 

PLAYER
STATS
KNOWN
UNKNOWN
STATS
P Carlos Carrasco 8-9, 4.62 ERA (2011)5 Slot Starter (DL Year)C Travis d'Arnaud (AAA).277, 4 HR & 15 RBI
P J.A. Happ3-3, 4.96 ERA5 Slot StarterCF Anthony Gose (AAA).241, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 14 SB
C Lou Marson .077, 0 HR & 1 RBIMLB Backup CatcherSP Jarred Cossart (AAA*)0-1, 6.00 ERA
INF Jason Donald .178, 0 HR & 4 RBIMLB Utility InfielderCosart At AA2-2, 2.84 ERA
LF Michael Taylor .330, 2 HR & 19 RBIAAA Ceiling1B Jonathan Singleton (AA).289, 5 HR & 22 RBI
SP Jason Knapp DL Since 2010SS Jonathan Villar (AA).229, 0 HR & 13 RBI
P Kyle Drsbek 3-4, 3.30 ERAMLB RotationRP Josh Zeid (AA)1-0, 6.28 ERA

 

 

In the above table, you will see 3 rotation hurlers.  Carlos Carrasco and J.A. Happ are fives, like Vance Worley or Kyle Kendrick.  Kyle Drabek is not a Hamels or a Tim Lincecum.  In fact, Brett Myers was well ahead of him at this career juncture.  The majors is 3 times harder than AA and double AAA.  Rube Amaro got a king’s ransom for minor-league nuggets.

King Cole Silences The Padres At The Bank On May 13

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 
Cole Hamels:

 

He’s had only one sub-par effort, which is a slight improvement over 2011 at this point. After a couple campaigns with low win numbers, he is the ace who is catching the breaks so far.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
1LHP Cole Hamels7-1, 2.17 ERA@ MetsLHP Jon Niese3-2, 4.29 ERAMonday, Day
2RHP Joe Blanton4-4, 4.55 ERA@ MetsRHP Jeremy Hefner0-2, 6.17 ERATuesday, Night
3LHP Cliff Lee0-2, 2.82 ERA@ MetsRHP Dillon Gee4-3, 4.92 ERAWednesday, Night

Daniel Bard Fires A Fastball On May 13 In Cleveland

 

 

 

Daniel Bard:

 

Within Red Sox Nation,  the big discussion is his role.  Is it in the 9th or the slot on the 5-man staff?  In half of his 6 starts, he breezes through the first 5 innings, but his effectiveness declines after that.

 

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
Over The TopExcellent
3-Quarter SidearmGood
SidearmAbove Average
Short Arm Approximately Average
SubmarineBelow Average

 

 

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

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

 

 

HURLER
Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
NUMBERA OneA Five
CLUB SLOTTwoFour
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th of 15 Categories

 

 

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

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* 1 Tick UP

 

 
PITCH
INN
ER - R- H
 
PITCH
INN
ER
1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64
2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53
3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity
4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster
5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected
6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+
7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured
8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

 

 

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The Core Series:

 

If you liked this one, there are 3 others from this week.

 

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (Thursday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (Tuesday)

 

STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



DOC HALLADAY

DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 DARTS

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO
Total11 - 83.057.019 of 27003185.21606463350169
Halladay04 - 53.987.008 of 11003072.10693232140056
Lee00 - 22.827.005 of 07000051.00411616080047
Hamels07 - 12.177.006 of 09000062.10501615130066

 

 

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COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL:

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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less

 

ROUND TEN:  

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