Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The next lineup

The cleanup hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies will be Ryan Howard.  But who bats fifth?





Penthouse Occupancy for the 11-7 slugfest:  2

                                               The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chase Utley.

Chase Tips His Cap After His 1st-Inning Rocket

He provided a souvenir for the sellout faithful and a 1-0 advantage in his 1st AB. He had a 3 for 5 return to the Bank. He was joined on the top floor by Chooch Ruiz. Chooch went yard for consecutive bombs in the 1st. He went 2 for 4 with a free pass and 2 RBI.

Ty Wigginton ended up in Cholley’s Doghouse after he failed to completely run out a ball during the 4th.

Rally Tal & Cap in the 7th for a tally of three:  3 knocks and a triple pulled the club to within 1.

Hector Luna was robbed of a gap hit during the 8th, and the thief belongs in the Big House.

In-House Rehab:  Ryno will begin his assignment for Single-A Lakewood tonight.



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Chase Launches A 1st-Inning Missile To Right Center






A Fresh Look:


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It is starting to become obvious that we already have a middle-of-the-order right-handed stick besides Hunter Pence. Ruiz will provide more protection for Howard than Pence.


1 - SSS Jimmy Rollins1 - SSS Jimmy Rollins
2 - LLF Juan Pierre2 - R3B Polly Polanco
3 - L2B Chase Utley3 - L2B Chase Utley
4 - L1B Ryan Howard4 - L1B Ryan Howard
5 - RC Chooch Ruiz5 - RC Chooch Ruiz
6 - RRF Hunter Pence6 - RRF Hunter Pence
7 - SCF Shane Victorino7 - SCF Shane Victorino
8 - R3B Polly Polanco8 - RLF John Mayberry Jr.



The New 1-2 Punch


When you look at the above lineup, you notice that Jimmy Rollins and Polly Polanco or Juan Pierre are solid table setters. Like all regulars, there will be hot and cold spells, but J-Roll hit .450 in the NLDS last September, when it mattered. Magic Juan and Polly are solid multi-knock producers. Chase can swing with power again and Ryan has no issues in the batter’s box. Chooch is the right-handed lumber we’ve been searching for, and Hunter in the 6 hole is potent.

The bottom third with Shane Victorino and Polanco or John Mayberry Jr. is strong. Also, Cholley Manuel can plug in Wigginton or Laynce Nix for the 8 slot. A DH for the Fall Classic would add Jim Thome to the starters. Plus, you can split up the left-handers:  Utley (2), Ruiz (3), Howard (4) and Pence (5). Chooch has been deadly since March, which is 4 months, and it means that offense will not be a problem.


Kyle Kendrick Grips A Fastball On June 23 At The Bank Against The Rays






Kyle Kendrick:


He will have a gut-it-out assignment after the relief corps worked the entire 9.  He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 3 of 11 tries with 5 clunkers, including 4 straight.  He is 2-6 with a 4.84 ERA without the relief appearances.


1LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.72 ERA@ NatsRHP Stephen Strasburg11-4, 2.76 ERATuesday, Night
2RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.88 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson6-6, 3.52 ERAWednesday, Night
3LHP Cole Hamels11-5, 3.31 ERA@ NatsLHP Ross Detwiler5-4, 3.24 ERAThursday, Night


A.J. Burnett Fires A Fastball On June 22 At Home Against Detroit




A.J. Burnett:


He has been more successful away from the glare in the Big Apple.  He has lasted 6.2 frames plus in 6 of 12 attempts with 2 debacles.  However, he is 3-2 with 7.18 away ERA.




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.

** As a starter


Kyle Kendrick
John Lannan
FOR 2012 SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTEephus PitchSlurve ***
LAST HIGH OR LOW13th of 15 Categories9th 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
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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