Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade deliberations

With the Chase Utley watch in full swing for the Philadelphia Phillies, the loss of a veteran set-up man hasn’t been completely examined.  Rube Amaro will try to barter for his replacement in the 8th inning.  Who will he target and what will it cost?

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J-Roll Cannot Believe The 1st-Inning SB Call

He kept the red pinstripes in the close game, facing their competitor’s ace. He fired 2.1 scoreless frames behind Vance Worley, beginning in the 5th.

He was joined on the top floor by Polly Polanco, who had a 2 for 4 night. Polly cracked a battle-tying dong in the 3rd.

2B ump Derryl Cousins had 2 questionable calls on a stolen base, and an inside pick-off play during the 1st to land in the Outhouse.

Rally Tal & Cap in the 3-run 3rd:  A two-bagger, a single and a 2-RBI bomb knotted the score at 3.

The Leather Warehouse was revisited by Hunter Pence after a diving-and-tumbling catch in the 4th with 2 on to preserve the 3-3 score at inning’s end. Hector Luna snared a wild pick-off throw in the 8th.

The Lighthouse was operating on a windy and rainy night when a wobbly Polanco tracked down a foul pop to complete the 7th. In the 9th John Mayberry Jr. could not corral a wind-blown pop, but he recovered to make the force at 2nd.

 

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NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

Limited Possibilities:

 

This is the 2nd in a series of an undetermined number that involves the next move by Amaro.  Yesterday, I said that Rube was set with Jimmy Rollins at short.  Jimmy is the infield captain, Freddy Galvis is a rookie, and he was only a fallback plan.  Plus, nobody will deal for a struggling J-Roll with his contract, and he won’t be swapped, if he’s raking.  Basically, Amaro will live or die at 7 positions, and Juan Pierre is averaging .340 in the other.  That said, these regulars are in the final year of their agreements:  Pence, Polanco and Shane Victorino.

 

BAT & POS
PLAYER
LEVEL
AVG
HR
RBI
SB
CS
LH - CFDom BrownAAA.26421845
LH - CFTyson GilliesAA.28021574

 

 

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These are the most attractive bargaining chips at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading. The stats for the most part don’t jump off the page. That said, the Front Office is happy with Tyson Gillies, and they hope Dom Brown can replace Victorino in center. With the dollars earmarked for Cole Hamels, Vic will probably be a casualty. In addition to the 2 outfielders, Tyler Cloyd is most likely unavailable.

Rube will probably have to part with J.C Ramirez, Jonathan Pettibone, Austin Hyatt or Trevor May for a decent 8th-frame reliever. He probably won’t want to offer Phillippe Aumont, who has closer potential. However, he may have to overpay for a June transaction. Talent below Double-A is possible for a future-oriented organization, like Houston or Oakland. I covered this acquisition issue in March, and the A’s Grant Balfour was at the top of the list. He is 1-1 with a 3.76 ERA and 7 saves in 9 opportunities. Next, I’ll be looking over the other possibilities on Rube’s desk.

 

ARM & ROLE
HURLER
LEVEL
W - L
ERA
SVS
RH - RPPhillippe AumontAAA1 - 04.854
RH - SPTyler CloydAAA4 - 12.47
AA3 - 01.80
RH - SPAustin HyattAAA2 - 65.47
RH - RPJ.C. RamirezAA0 - 23.623
RH - SPJonathan PettiboneAA4 - 53.92
RH - SPTrevor MayAA5 -34.94

 

 

The Clean-Shaven General Pictured On May 30 In New York

 

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

The team and the number one need a win. This is a favorable matchup for him and he excels at home. That said, he did shave to change his luck last time out, which wasn’t successful.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
1RHP Vance Worley4-4, 2.92 ERA@ MetsLHP Jon Niese6-3, 3.55 ERATuesday, Night
2LHP Cliff Lee0-5, 4.13 ERA@ MetsRHP Chris Young2-1, 3.30 ERAWednesday, Day
3LHP Cole Hamels10-4, 3.08 ERA@ MetsRHP R.A. Dickey12-1, 2.15 ERAThursday, Night

 

Chad Billingsley Works At Home On May 31 Against Milwaukee

 

 

Chad Billingsley:

 

He has had difficulty with the Phils at the Bank over the last few campaigns.  So far, he has lasted 7 innings or more in 2 of 11 attempts with 3 clunkers.

 

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
Cliff Lee
Edwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
CLUB SLOTThreeThree
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th of 15 Categories

 

 

 
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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