Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The fix for Lee

Including his teammates on the Philadelphia Phillies, everybody desires to know what’s wrong with Cliff Lee.  How do we get back the ace we want?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT

 

Penthouse Occupancy for the 3-2 setback:  2

                                               The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Cole Hamels.

He was joined on the top floor by Chooch Ruiz.

 

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseCliff Lee

Jimmy Rollins
Worked Out Of A Runner-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 2nd
Fired 7 3-Hit Innings
An RBI Single To Tie The Score At 1 In The 8th
The Kangaroo CourthouseTy WiggintonThrown Out Rounding 3rd To End The 2nd
The WhitehouseCliff LeeReached his 200th K In The 5th

 

 

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J-Roll Waits For The Runner In The 1st

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

The Answer:

 

The reason is the easy part but it’s the implementation that is difficult. However, keep in mind that professionals cannot reveal certain things.

Chooch Cracks A 9th-Inning Double

Firstly, here are a few similar examples. Hunter Pence had the mental obstacle of being the big gun in the cleanup position, and he tried to be a slugger. That is why he struggled. He was switched to the 3 hole with Chooch behind him on May 23. Before the change he hit .265 with 10 homeruns and 28 RBI for 44 games. However, in the 36 battles since, he has averaged .310 with 6 homers (27) and 20 RBI (90), which projects to the back of his baseball card.

In 2009, Hamels had the rubber-chicken-circuit problem, like Steve Carlton did after winning 27 games. Cole only worked at a 50% clip during that short off-season, and his numbers represented half of his expectations. It was initially physical but led to the thinking aspect after a lack of success. That’s not Lee’s problem but it is mostly between his ears.

The No-Slide Play At The Plate In The 3rd

I went through something parallel recently with my writing and a computer-algorithm feed to a major outlet. I experienced a normal period with no ill effects, but no satisfaction either. By mid-May, he had a 1.95 ERA for 5 performances. During the next phase, I needed to push myself but the desired outcome wasn’t happening. Cliff started giving back the lead or something would go wrong, like a bullpen letdown. During that time he had a 4.23 ERA for 4 appearances.

Then, I started restricting my effort by a small amount, feeling that it wasn’t going to matter.  This is where he is now during his last 4 showings, which has produced a 7.30 ERA.  I made some adjustments, and left out something when there were no positives from the night before.  Bad pitching, no spectacular fielding and little offense occurred during a lopsided loss.  That one alteration put me over the top and I bounced back.  The General needs his first victory and it’s that simple.  It doesn’t have to be a gem.  A line of 7 full and 3 earned runs with a W will repair 2012 for him.

 

Kentucky Joe Fires A 4th-Inning Fastball At The Bank On June 25 Against The Pirates

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Joe Blanton:

 

He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 9 of 15 chances with 5 monstrosities.  Against the Fish at the Bank, he had a 1-1 record and a 4.15 ERA with this mark:  13 complete, 12 hits, 6 all-earned runs plus 2 walks to 9 punch outs.

 

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
1RHP Vance Worley4-4, 2.92 ERA@ MetsLHP Jon Niese6-3, 3.55 ERATuesday, Night
2LHP Cliff Lee0-5, 4.13 ERA@ MetsRHP Chris Young2-1, 3.30 ERAWednesday, Day
3LHP Cole Hamels10-4, 3.08 ERA@ MetsRHP R.A. Dickey12-1, 2.15 ERAThursday, Night

 

Ricky Nolasco Loads Up On June 25 At Home Against The Cardinals

 

 

 

Ricky Nolasco:

 

He has lasted 6.2 frames or more in 7 of 15 attempts with 3 clunkers.  At the Bank he went 7 total with this ledger:  8 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 2 free passes and 5 strikeouts on 87 bullets.

 

 

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
Joe Blanton
Ian Kennedy
NUMBERA FourA Three
CLUB SLOTFiveOne
FOR 2012Short ArmShort Arm
'12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTSplit FingerSinker
LAST HIGH OR LOW4th of 15 Categories6th 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



COLE HAMELS

COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 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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