Jake Diekman has been with the Philadelphia Phillies since May 11. He is obviously here to retire left-handed hitters. How has he done in a mostly-limited role?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 9-8 triumph: 5
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jim Thome.
He went 2 for 4 with a walk, a bomb and 4 RBI. He was joined on the top floor by John Mayberry Jr., Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls and Michael Martinez.
Big John went 2 for 5 with a clout and drove in 4. Qualls notched 2 outs on 3 K’s with a biting slider, and Cinco Ocho slammed the door without any additional drama.
Greenhouse Cholley had company in the 1st before an out was recorded: 4 one-base knocks and 2 runs.
The Bathhouse turned on the showers after 4 batters for the opposing starter.
Rally Tal & Cap during the 1st with a tally of 6: The first 4 in the order singled, which was followed by another hit and a 3-RBI blast.
Martinez sparkled on a fielding-and-glove-flip force play in the 1st, achieving display at the Leather Warehouse.
Mayberry wolfed down a tater and 4 steaks by the 2nd inning at the Steakhouse. Thome sat down after him and enjoyed the same order by the 4th.
Cholley’s Doghouse was occupied by Jimmy Rollins, who went for an ill-advised force at 2nd in the 3rd. Chooch Ruiz was easily out at 3rd on poor base running in the 6th to join J-Roll.
Thoms launched a 466’ rocket over the centerfield batter’s eye to rattle the cages at the Animal House in the 4th.
The House Of Cards almost completely imploded during the 7th, when a 6-run advantage vanished to only 1.
House Cleaning in the 8th and 9th showed up with Papelbon for 4 consecutive outs.
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Bite And Venom:
Most fans feel that you cannot separate this from that to analyze a player. However, that’s exactly what managers and GM’s do all the time to reach decisions. Qualls was signed due to his last 19 opportunities, and not his overall numbers for home versus away. That latter calculation was my appraisal of Chad, who did better in a cavernous yard. His mistakes were loud outs was my thinking. It turns out it was inconsistency of command that did him in.
A lot of fans fall in love with potential stars, like Diekman. Tuesday night he walked two left-handed sticks, allowed a knock to the other, but he punched out the right-handed bat with the bags filled. Of course, an inherited runner scored and was charged to another’s line.
* Excludes his 2nd outing in Chicago
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I removed his 2nd performance from the totals, where he was rushing his pitches. A mistake he has corrected. However, I left his stats untouched against LH lumber, which is his responsibility as a lefty specialist. He is filling the job that had been vacant for a couple years. Jake the Snake is death for those in the right-field side of the batter’s box.
He has been improving over his last 2 appearances, but could not get through either final frame. He has lasted 6.2 innings or more in 6 of 12 efforts with 6 monstrosities. That said, he will be facing the left-heavy attack of the Twins.
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He is in the early stages where the league doesn’t know him yet. That said, he has worked 6.1 frames plus in 4 of 7 attempts with 1 clunker.
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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.
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