Hunter Pence has reverted to his old self for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has a legit cleanup stick behind him and his approach is different. What will happen when interleague competition ends?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-4 House Addition: 4
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Juan Pierre.
He went 2 for 4 with 2 R and a free pass, but his spotlight-stealing dash was spectacular. He slide across the dish in the 4th during a heads-up opportunity.
He was joined on the top floor by Pence, Jim Thome and Michael Schwimer. Hunter pulled a 2-out, 2-run single to left in the 2nd with the sacks occupied. Thoms followed him with another 2-out RBI knock before the frame ended. Schwimer slightly altered his arm slot, which has led to dramatic improvement in his results and bullpen future. He recorded 3 scoreless innings during a tied contest, parting with only a hit and a base on balls.
Rally Tal & Cap in the 2nd: 3 singles and a walk produced a tally of 3 with two outs.
The Warehouse displayed Magic Juan’s shoes when he took advantage of the slightest break to pilfer a run in the 4th. The ball bounced only a short distance away and was ruled a wild pitch. Hector Luna dove to catch an errant throw and held the bag for a DP in the 4th.
The Kangaroo Courthouse summoned Shane Victorino for not advancing to 2nd on a not-far-away heave with a play at the plate in the 4th.
The Fun House Of Mirrors was visited in the 4th by Michael Martinez, who turned a double play despite a bobble and a very wide throw to first.
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Polly Polanco is out with hand-related troubles since Cliff Lee’s 9th try for a victory, and Ty Wigginton wasn’t signed to man the hot corner. Martinez will be the second sacker after Mike Fontenot reminded no one of Freddy Galvis or Chase Utley. Polly may miss only another full 9 before everybody can exhale. Some situations are temporary, like Washington with Stephen Strasburg until mid-August. Doc Halladay, Ryan Howard and Utley will make contributions to another 70-75 games, but an 8th-inning right-hander is a more pressing issue.
After he had a quiet 4 for 5 on Saturday, Pence banged out 2 more knocks yesterday. This is no accident. He has reverted to what he is instead of being a 4-hole homerun threat, which he isn’t. His average has climbed to .281 with the player-we-traded-for methodology. Thome is bona fide lumber and it has affected other regulars besides Pence.
The stats in the table below illustrate that Thoms has created an exciting dynamic around him. There are 6 more battles with this energy in the batter’s box. Chooch Ruiz was bound to cool off or be beat up, which leaves only Jimmy Rollins who is still struggling. The pitching is livable until Doc returns except for that RH set-up man. The defense will survive one more day without Polly. The offense will continue to percolate for the next 2 series. If you have a memory loss, these are the guys who have been left for dead many times before, and–remember–they responded to make liars out of the naysayers.
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He ran into trouble in his final frame last time out, but I expect a bounce-back performance. He is 2-4 with a 3.83 ERA without the relief numbers. He has lasted 7 innings plus in 2 of 8 efforts with 2 clunkers.
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He has control problems, and has worked only 6 frames in 3 of 8 attempts with 5 monstrosities. The big yard in the Twin Cities hasn’t helped him yet, because his results are the same on the road and at home.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
** As a starter
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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 DOWN
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Trade Debate : Check it out.
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