Trade Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies and you accomplish what? Didn’t Rube Amaro do that before?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 11-1 Outcome
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Chase Utley||Four-Star Performance
|The Penthouse||Pete Orr|
|* 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 Workhouse||Home SP||* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning|
|The Leather Warehouse||1B Darin Ruf||Made A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
|The Fun House Of Mirrors||Home RF|
|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 Call||Ryan Howard|
|Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm
This is an article that got buried by the return of Chase Utley and the new home for Jim Thome. I decided to publish an updated version, because this is Lee’s final shot at a triumph before the break.
The reason is the easy part, but it’s the implementation that is difficult. However, keep in mind that professionals cannot reveal certain things.
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 Ruiz behind him on May 23. Before the change he hit .265 with 10 homeruns and 28 RBI for 44 games. However, in the 38 battles since, he has averaged .309 with 6 homers (26) and 21 RBI (90), which projects to the back of his baseball card.
In 2009, Cole Hamels had the rubber-chicken-circuit problem, like Steve Carlton did after 27 wins. Hamels 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 Cliff’s issue but it is mostly between his ears.
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. Lee 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.
Today’s ledger for Lee is an important one because his drop has been incremental. His first stage was over 5 games, which was split by 3 to 2 with a stint on the DL. The last 2 phases have been 4 contests each. Will this outing be the first of his comeback roll? Will it give him a positive vibe to take into the downtime of 4 days? 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.
He faced New York twice at the Bank in his 2nd and 4th appearances. His 2nd performance was his 1st after being disabled, and he was on a pitch count. He has produced this mark against them: 0-1, 4.25 ERA, 13 innings, 10 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 13 punch outs.
DAY & TIME
|3||RHP Vance Worley||4-5, 3.46 ERA||Braves||RHP Jair Jurrjens||2-2, 5.19 ERA||Sunday, Day|
He has returned from numerous throwing problems; he is a Lazarus. He went from 91 starts (2005-07) to 32 tries (2008-09) and 13 attempts (2010-12). That said, he always seems to be a difficult foe for the locals.
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|
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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