Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The animal in centerfield

Jonathan Papelbon sits on the homerun side of the gate for the Philadelphia Phillies at the Bank.  How will the 3-out hole in front of him be plugged?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance
The PenthousePete Orr

Chase Utley

Dom Brown
Chooch Ruiz
* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening
The WorkhouseHome SP* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning
The Leather Warehouse1B Darin RufMade A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsHome RF

The Defense
Takes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th
House CallRyan Howard
Tyler Cloyd
Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm

 

 

Hunter Provides A 9th-Inning RBI Single

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

Empty Pig ‘Pen:

 

The brain trust has reached a critical juncture with the relief corps. Other than Phillippe Aumont, they have all had a shot with the parent club or are injured. That said, he probably won’t solve the late-frame situation. Rube Amaro designated Chad Qualls for assignment, and demoted Joe Savery back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They were replaced by Brian Sanches and–with his first opportunity–Jeremy Horst, who Amaro received for Wilson Valdez.

Hunter Picks-Up 2 In The 3rd

Some spots are filled, like Cinco Ocho (closer) and Kyle Kendrick (long man) after Doc Halladay is reactivated. Antonio Bastardo has the 7th or 8th and Jake Diekman is the lefty specialist. If a backend wing arrives through a trade, Michael Schwimer, Raul Valdes, Sanches and Horst will compete for 2 front-end slots. Schwimer has a 1.64 ERA after returning and altering his delivery, while Valdes has been solid since arriving. He has a 1.59 ERA without the recent whole-staff debacle, where he parted with half of his 6 all-earned runs. Sanches or Horst are expendable when Kendrick goes back to the bullpen, and the other could be replaced by a bartered-for 8th-inning set-up arm.

One consideration is a swap of Jim Thome to a contender, which could net a decent reliever before Pap toes the rubber in the 9th.  Bastardo is shaky with the entire 8th-frame role.  He is hitting 94 on the gun, is working out of his own jams with better results recently, and one possibility is that he’ll be able to shoulder the job.  His confidence has increased of late and a rise near the 2011 level appears within reach.  If he had a right-handed compliment for a third of that load, I believe he would be adequate.  The red pinstripes need a certain type of animal for that fenced-in area beyond centerfield.

 

Outings = Good, Okay or Bad

 
RELIEVER
RECORD
GOOD
OKAY
BAD
1LHP Jake Diekman1-0, 3.60 ERA0854
2LHP Raul Valdes2-1, 2.84 ERA 1111
3RHP Michael Schwimer*0-1, 4.15 ERA0916
3*Since June Call-up0-0, 1.64 ERA0712
4LHP Jeremy Horst0-0, 0.00 ERA 0110
5RHP Brian Sanches0-1, 9.00 ERA0103
6RHP B.J. Rosenberg0-1, 23.14 ERA0003
7LHP Joe Savery0-2, 5.87 ERA0737

 

 

King Cole Dials Up A Fastball In Game 1 On June 24 At The Bank Against The Rays

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

His line against the Fish isn’t a good one, but he has had disappointing 1st starts to open the 2nd half of ‘11 and the last 2 years–2012’s 1st was versus them.  His other poor outcome against Miami was during the 2nd of 4 rough appearances after Doc went down.  His mark against the Marlins at the Bank is:  0-2 with a 6.00 ERA for 12 total, allowing 15 hits, 9 runs (8 earned) and 2 walks to 17 punch outs.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

 

Mark Buehrle Readies His Next Pitch On June 24 At Home Against Toronto

 

 

Mark Buerhle:

 

He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 9 of 15 attempts with 3 clunkers. His ledger against the Phils at the Bank is: 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA for 11.1 frames, giving up 19 hits, 7 all-earned runs and 0 free passes to 4 strikeouts.

 

 

 

 

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
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.

 

HURLER
Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
NUMBERA OneA Five
CLUB SLOTTwoFour
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th of 15 Categories

 

 

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PITCH
INN
ER - R- H
 
PITCH
INN
ER
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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STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



CLIFF LEE

CLIFF'S LINE: 6 INN, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K & 109 DARTS

 

 

ACE
W - L
ERA
INN+
CONV
CG - SO
BAD
INN
ER
BB - IBB
SO
Total34 - 233.486.159 of 862 - 212582.2225114 -2557
Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312 - 203215.1073050 - 2218
Lee06 - 093.166.123 of 300 - 002211.0074028 - 0207
Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250 - 007156.1078036- 0132

 

 

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