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?
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.
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.
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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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.
|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. Happ||3-3, 4.96 ERA||5 Slot Starter||CF Anthony Gose (AAA)||.241, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 14 SB|
|C Lou Marson||.077, 0 HR & 1 RBI||MLB Backup Catcher||SP Jarred Cossart (AAA*)||0-1, 6.00 ERA|
|INF Jason Donald||.178, 0 HR & 4 RBI||MLB Utility Infielder||Cosart At AA||2-2, 2.84 ERA|
|LF Michael Taylor||.330, 2 HR & 19 RBI||AAA Ceiling||1B Jonathan Singleton (AA)||.289, 5 HR & 22 RBI|
|SP Jason Knapp||DL Since 2010||SS Jonathan Villar (AA)||.229, 0 HR & 13 RBI|
|P Kyle Drsbek||3-4, 3.30 ERA||MLB Rotation||RP 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.
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.
DAY & TIME
|1||LHP Cole Hamels||7-1, 2.17 ERA||@ Mets||LHP Jon Niese||3-2, 4.29 ERA||Monday, Day|
|2||RHP Joe Blanton||4-4, 4.55 ERA||@ Mets||RHP Jeremy Hefner||0-2, 6.17 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||0-2, 2.82 ERA||@ Mets||RHP Dillon Gee||4-3, 4.92 ERA||Wednesday, Night|
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 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||3-Quarter Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||2nd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||11th of 15 Categories||7th 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 Core Series:
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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)
DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 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|
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COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL:
TAL 6 – MAC 3
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