Carlos Ruiz is the battery mate of the 3 best starters and top closer in the MLB. He is a 5th ace. Can he continue to carry the club on his back?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 2-1 outcome: 1
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Kyle Kendrick.
He had his best outing of this tour, accumulating 7 complete and permitting only 2 both-earned runs.
The Leather Warehouse applauded Kendrick for his play at the dish after a wild pitch bounced away from Ruiz with a runner on 3rd. He took the high throw from him and athletically maneuvered to apply the 3rd-out tag.
The Kangaroo Courthouse fined Polly Polanco for his blunder on the base paths in the 6th.
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 MVP For The Red Pinstripes:
Nobody in this franchise wants a championship more than Ruiz. He is totally obsessed with it, he even desires it more than Doc Halladay, and that says it all. That is how he has presented himself during interviews that explain his effort. Most stars can contain that with a professional exterior, but he cannot hide his extreme anticipation, which is why he is Dave Montgomery’s favorite player. The squad is 5-3 (.625) since he’s been in the 5 hole, and they’ve scored 39 runs (4.9 per) to 31 (3.9) for their opponents.
The table below illustrates his performance there, and it also has affected Hunter Pence over the last 8 battles. Freddy Galvis has been invigorated during this stretch too. I cannot say for certain that the pressure is–slightly–off the rookie with the victories and offense, but I have good reason to suspect that. Polanco, John Mayberry Jr. and Shane Victorino may be feeling more relaxed as well.
The receiver has learned from Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer. They affected Joe Blanton and Kendrick too, while last year Vance Worley was influenced by the first four. In 2010, Chooch was on the verge of an All-Star spot, but he got injured, snuffing that out. This go-round he is worthy of the starting role, and he will get a huge lift in the voting from the Philly faithful. The next 2 games, like the last 4, show that this campaign is far from over; and even with 2 missing cogs, this unit is dangerous.
|1 - SS||J-Roll||.222||27||06||7||5||0||7||2||0|
|2 - 3B||Polly||.333||15||05||2||3||1||2||0||0|
|3 - CF||Vic||.267||30||08||6||2||0||3||4||0|
|4 - RF||Hunter||.355||31||11||5||6||3||5||0||0|
|5 - C||Chooch||.417||24||10||1||6||1||7||2||0|
|6 - 1B||Mayberry||.259||27||07||3||3||0||1||0||0|
|7 - 2B||Freddy||.313||32||10||1||3||2||6||0||0|
|8 - LF||Magic Juan||.192||26||05||0||1||0||1||1||0|
He continues to provide solid performances with only 1 recent exception. Without that clunker, he is 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA, which is the number one most rivals face. The situation with Washington enhances the motivation that brings out his best.
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|
He wilted in the 7th inning against Hamels, and the competition just went up a notch with the Doctor. He finished against the Phils at home with this line: 6 INN, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K & 91 bullets.
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|
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|
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The Wizard: More to come.
Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)
The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac. That is the feed system that had dogged me an 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 links 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 6 – MAC 4
TRACKING MAC: The machine has issued my articles 6 ones, 3 twos and 1 three.
If the algorithm okays this commentary for a full audience, Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Chase’s on 1st? is tomorrow’s review.
If not, it will be the 2nd in The Wizard Series, which is Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Oswalt’s options
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