Jim Thome pointed his bat to spur the offense for the Philadelphia Phillies. And the regulars returned to their normal roles. Which players were most affected by having a legit cleanup hitter?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 7-2 triumph: 5
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jimmy Rollins.
He smoked 2 knocks in 3 AB with 2 walks, 3 R, a nice swipe of second on a short wild pitch, and a full-speed 1st to home dash after a leftfield double.
He was joined on the top floor by Chooch Ruiz, Cole Hamels, John Mayberry Jr. and Polly Polanco. Chooch went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger, a bomb, 3 RBI and a solid defensive play. Hamels turned in a sterling 8-inning performance, like old times. He, also, stroked a single and crossed the dish with good baseball judgment. Polanco tied the score at 1 in the 3rd with an RBI single. Mayberry slammed a 2-run poke in the 4th to take a 3-1 lead during his 2 for 4 evening.
In-House Rehab: DH Chase Utley went 1 for 3 with a free pass at Bright House Field.
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Monster In The Middle:
The 9 games with a 4-hole bopper have ended positively for the lumber. The fielding and the pitching have been the reason for a disappointing road trip through junior-circuit cities. The miscues are mostly a result of injury replacements mixed with a few by the regulars other than Pence, which wouldn’t have been noticed except for the total number. The rotation, however, is an issue that I will cover in detail during the home stand.
The 8 in the table averaged .302, and .317 for the first 6 during the DH lineups. Thoms was phenomenal with 4 taters and 14 steaks over 9 days. Hunter Pence produced a .368 mark with a legit power stick behind him. He is at .300 for 25 outcomes with 11 BB, 3 HR and 12 RBI since relocating to the 3 slot. Another outfielder with an impressive trip was Mayberry, who hit ,292 and 3 clouts. And Ruiz continued his All-Star campaign at .346 for the 9 battles.
|1 - SS||J-Roll||.279||1||04||43||12||2||1 - 1|
|2 - LF||Magic Juan||.360||0||00||25||09||2||4 - 0|
|3 - RF||Hunter||.368||0||03||38||14||4||-----|
|4 - DH||Thoms||.333||4||14||36||12||4||-----|
|5 - CF||Vic||.243||1||05||37||09||3||2 - 0|
|6 - C||Chooch||.346||0||03||26||09||5||-----|
|7 - 3B||Polly||.158||0||01||19||03||1||-----|
|8 - 1B||Big John||.292||3||09||24||07||1||1 - 0|
This gave the red pinstripes the best attack they’ve had for 2012. They plated 46 runs to equal 5.1 per game during the 3 team tour. It shows that Utley and Ryan Howard will make a huge difference, just being in the order. Because everything started on the 1st Friday in Baltimore before anybody knew about gentlemen Jim’s unexpected stats.
He fired a CG after 5 consecutive clunkers, which is unusual by itself. He has lasted 6.2 frames plus in 7 of 13 chances with 6 monstrosities. And he is 6-5 with a 4.86 ERA without the relief appearance.
DAY & TIME
|1||RHP Vance Worley||4-4, 2.92 ERA||@ Mets||LHP Jon Niese||6-3, 3.55 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||LHP Cliff Lee||0-5, 4.13 ERA||@ Mets||RHP Chris Young||2-1, 3.30 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||10-4, 3.08 ERA||@ Mets||RHP R.A. Dickey||12-1, 2.15 ERA||Thursday, Night|
He is one of several arms filling in for 3 disabled starters. He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 3 of 8 attempts with 3 debacles. Their front office is going with a 4-man staff, limiting each to 75 bullets per outing. This is an idea born of desperation.
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 Four||A Three|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Split Finger||Sinker|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||4th of 15 Categories||6th 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|
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COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 DARTS
W - L
CG - SO
BB - IBB
|Total||34 - 23||3.48||6.1||59 of 86||2 - 2||12||582.2||225||114 -2||557|
|Hamels||17 - 06||3.05||6.2||21 of 31||2 - 2||03||215.1||073||050 - 2||218|
|Lee||06 - 09||3.16||6.1||23 of 30||0 - 0||02||211.0||074||028 - 0||207|
|Halladay||11 - 08||4.49||7.0||15 of 25||0 - 0||07||156.1||078||036- 0||132|
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