Cliff Lee will open the divisional challenge for the Philadelphia Phillies. Can they climb the standings against Miami, New York and Atlanta?
In-House Rehab: DH Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI at Single-A Lakewood.
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The next 9 battles are against the Fish, the Mets and the Braves. The first 6 are on the road and Atlanta will finish the half at the Bank. The loser of the Miami series will be in the basement. The red pinstripes trail the Marlins by a mere half game. However, the starting matchups are even with the exception of the middle contest, which features Cole Hamels versus Mark Buehrle.
Next week the team will face off against the Metropolitans in the Big Apple. New York has a five-game lead over them, but their young players have now been exposed to the league. That means they should drop near .500 by July or August, because the NL has figured them out. Meanwhile, the Braves have been streaky during 32 of 75 decisions. They have won 5,5 and 6 straight during the upward swings. However, they have been setback consecutively 4, 4 and 8 times. Atlanta has had pitching difficulties in their staff and bullpen, while their offense has gone silent periodically.
The locals, on the other hand, have to mostly be concerned with the 7th and 8th innings, which is not just the relief corps. The defense, the rotation and the closer can claim victory with a tally of 4 or more. The offense scored 46 in the AL cities or 5.1 per, but it didn’t end there. For the 10 battles since, they have crossed the plate 51 times, which is 5.1 per, and Chase Utley was only in 1 of those contests. He also provides some lumber with steady glove work. Chase will man second for 6 of the 9 matchups with Chooch Ruiz and Hunter Pence behind him. This is where the gap can be tightened before the second half.
|1||LHP Cliff Lee||0-4, 3.72 ERA||@ Miami, Night||RHP Josh Johnson||4-5, 3.96 ERA|
|2||LHP Cole Hamels||10-3, 3.03 ERA||@ Miami, Late Day||LHP Mark Buehrle||6-8, 3.55 ERA|
|3||RHP Joe Blanton||7-6, 4.87 ERA||@ Miami, Day||RHP Ricky Nolasco||6-6, 4.78 ERA|
|4||RHP Vance Worley||2-8, 5.35 ERA||@ New York, Night||LHP Jon Niese||6-3, 3.55 ERA|
|5||RHP Kyle Kendrick||4-4, 2.92 ERA||@ New York, Day||RHP Chris Young||1-1, 3.42 ERA|
|6||LHP Cliff Lee||0-4, 3.72 ERA||@ New York, Night||RHP R.A. Dickey||11-1, 2.31 ERA|
|7||LHP Cole Hamels||10-3, 3.03 ERA||Atlanta, Night||RHP Tim Hudson||6-3, 3.58 ERA|
|8||RHP Joe Blanton||7-6, 4.87 ERA||Atlanta, Night||RHP Tommy Hanson||9-4, 3.59 ERA|
|9||RHP Vance Worley||4-4, 2.92 ERA||Atlanta, Day||RHP Jair Jurrjens||1-2, 6.07 ERA|
He opens against the Fish and the club needs a sterling performance. However, he has struggled in his last 3 efforts, which translates to being charged with 14 all-earned runs for 20 frames. He’s due for a gem and a streak of good fortune.
|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 hasn’t been the dominant hurler of years past, but he is still a strong foe who can twirl a gem in any outing. He has lasted 6.2 innings plus in 8 of 15 attempts with 4 clunkers. His first debacle was at the hands of the Phils, who clobbered him for 11 hits and 6 all-earned runs over only 3.2 frames. That said, he has a 1.95 June ERA and has fared better at home.
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 One||A Four|
|FOR 2012||3-Quarter Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||2nd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Cutter *||Eephus Pitch|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||3rd of 15 Categories||13th 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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