Cole Hamels is available from the Philadelphia Phillies as a big-ticket item. Will some organization be willing to overpay for a rental or make long-term commitment?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-2 Outcome
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Kyle Kendrick||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Darin Ruf|
John Mayberry Jr.
|Smoked A 2-RBI Triple To Open A 2-0 Lead
In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Night With An IBB
Nursing A 2-Run Advantage,
Punched Out Werth With A Runner At 3rd To End The 5th,
& Escaped A Harper-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 4-Hit Innings
Made A Superb Catch Of A Blooper In A Critical Spot During The 8th
Ended The 8th-Inning Threat With A Called K On The 4-Hole Stick
|House Call||Jimmy Rollins||Has A Calf Issue|
The Raw Data:
Rube Amaro is demanding 5 top prospects in return for 2 months of King Cole. So, unless a GM is willing to part with that high price and sign him for 7 years at $25M per, it is a futile exercise. Is it worth the roll of the dice for the minefield that is the postseason? Perhaps, it’s a signal to his agent that other franchises also have limits. In other words, it is a negotiation tactic for a more reasonable re-upping. That said, you can count on a plethora of rumors, possible and ridiculous.
The red pinstripes will proceed in 1 of 3 directions. The first is that they will be 10 games out of the 2nd wild card by the break, and be sellers near mid-July. Or they will go 3-3 during the next 2 series, basically treading water. The second is that they are a beat team, which means that it won’t make a difference with Doc Halladay and Ryan Howard on the 25-man roster.
The final possibility is that after a few soul-searching days, they will be re-energized, have all their elite players back, and initiate their run for the playoffs. I feel that they are an in-the-dumps crew that needs some downtime for self-analysis. It would be nice to see a rebound over the Mets and Braves with a 4-2 record. However, the problem hasn’t just been the loss of 3 stars, but that their cornerstone group has been absent. Chase Utley and Howard are 2 of the core 4 that produced this champion. Hamels has shouldered last place since Doc went down, while Jimmy Rollins has struggled to carry the load of the 3 central regulars. The 6 road battles after the 4 days off will decide their fate.
He is the only breakout youngster from 2012 to duplicate his success. He has lasted 7 complete in 4 of 12 efforts with 2 debacles. His line against the Mets at the Bank in April was: 6 full, 8 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 4 free passes and 5 strikeouts on 99 bullets.
DAY & TIME
|1||RHP Vance Worley||4-4, 2.92 ERA||@ Mets||LHP Jon Niese||6-3, 3.55 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||LHP Cliff Lee||0-5, 4.13 ERA||@ Mets||RHP Chris Young||2-1, 3.30 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||10-4, 3.08 ERA||@ Mets||RHP R.A. Dickey||12-1, 2.15 ERA||Thursday, Night|
He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 7 of 15 attempts with 3 clunkers. His mark at the Bank was: 1-0, 1.54 ERA, 11.2 frames, 9 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 5 BB and 10 K’s.
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 Five||A Two|
|FOR 2012||1st Start||Over The Top|
|'12 RANKING||-- of 5 Categories||1st of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||1st Start||Changeup|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||-- of 15 Categories||8th 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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