Juan Pierre leads the Philadelphia Phillies in the multi-hit column. The action is the important thing and not the stat. Is there a hidden and overlooked factor behind the 10 triumphs in 14 decisions before yesterday?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 8-3 outcome: 1
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Magic Juan.
He had another multi-knock production–3 for 5–with 2 steaks.
HP umpire Andy Fletcher entered the Outhouse after a questionable call at the plate in the 2nd. The ball beat Chooch Ruiz by plenty but the tag appeared to be noticeably late.
House Call after 2 innings: Doc Halladay was removed as a precautionary measure with right-shoulder soreness.
Pete Orr landed in Cholley’s Doghouse after a 3rd-frame bunt-single attempt for the 1st-out sacrifice behind by 4 runs. Hunter Pence made the 1st out at 3rd after a leadoff two-bagger in the 6th. The pitch bounced away from the catcher but not far enough to avoid an easy out.
The Big House Key found its way into Chooch’s hands after he was robbed of an RBI hit in the 8th.
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 Common Denominator:
The red pinstripes triumphed 6 straight times, had 4 consecutive setbacks and won 4 in a row. If I remove the pitching factor, I’m left with the offensive output. Putting aside the runs and hits, I searched for something under the surface. Crooked numbers for wins and losses equal 3 consecutive streaks, which is something you find with a player. You generally don’t experience that with a team. In fact, I cannot remember anything quite like that for this club.
I looked for recent multi-hit games to see who was at the center of this phenomenon. Five players stood out with these performances. Ruiz had 6 of them and they all had victorious endings. Pierre accumulated 4 but none during the defeats. Pence managed 1 of his 5 during the downturn. Freddy Galvis had 3 during the winning periods but only 1 otherwise. Only Shane Victorino had 2 each over those last 8 battles before yesterday.
The Phils went 4-3 in contests without at least 3 sticks enjoying a multi-hit night. With 3 or more they were 6-1 during the up and down 14 outcomes. The end result is excellent defense, good enough pitching from the rotation and the ‘pen to go 10-4. That includes some of the relief blowups and starting woes. Without the bopper in the middle of the order, they need multi-knock results from 3 guys to triumph.
He is the centerpiece for the aces this summer, chasing his 8th victory. That said, only recently has he had better results against the Mets–even without Jose Reyes. His line against them in April at the Bank was: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 base on balls, 10 punch outs and 102 bullets.
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 struggled against the locals last time out, which is a departure from past efforts. His ledger for 2012 reads: 11.2 frames, 9 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 5 free passes and 10 whiffs. He has lasted 6.2 innings or more in 3 of 9 appearances with 2 clunkers.
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 Wizard: More to come.
(May 21 – 25)
The Core : Check it out.
Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)
(May 14 -18)
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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