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.
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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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.
ORDER VS. RHP
ORDER VS. LHP
|1 - S||SS Jimmy Rollins||1 - S||SS Jimmy Rollins|
|2 - L||LF Juan Pierre||2 - R||3B Polly Polanco|
|3 - L||2B Chase Utley||3 - L||2B Chase Utley|
|4 - L||1B Ryan Howard||4 - L||1B Ryan Howard|
|5 - R||C Chooch Ruiz||5 - R||C Chooch Ruiz|
|6 - R||RF Hunter Pence||6 - R||RF Hunter Pence|
|7 - S||CF Shane Victorino||7 - S||CF Shane Victorino|
|8 - R||3B Polly Polanco||8 - R||LF John Mayberry Jr.|
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.
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.
|STARTER||RECORD||TM||STARTER||RECORD||DAY & TIME|
|1||LHP Cliff Lee||1-6, 3.72 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Stephen Strasburg||11-4, 2.76 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||RHP Vance Worley||5-6, 3.88 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||6-6, 3.52 ERA||Wednesday, Night|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||11-5, 3.31 ERA||@ Nats||LHP Ross Detwiler||5-4, 3.24 ERA||Thursday, Night|
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.
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.
** As a starter
|NUMBER||A Five||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||3rd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Slurve ***|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||9th 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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