Philadelphia Phillies storyline: What is the cure?

Roy Halladay will be the last star to return for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Will it be too late by then?  Is there any hope for a remedy?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-0 Outcome

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

 

 

Ryno Crushes A 2nd-Inning Double

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 
Two Words:

 

That would be the first name and the surname of the 8th-inning set-up man. The alternative is for every member of the rotation to always pitch 8 complete, and even Doc cannot do that. That would overwork them, and they would get hit during the 8th in half of their performances. However, Rube Amaro cannot swap for that endgame arm unless the team rebounds.

Chase Is Hit By A 4th-Inning Pitch

Antonio Bastardo needs to re-earn that role, because he hasn’t recovered from his September meltdown. The aces can be penciled in for 7 frames on most nights, and the bottom of the staff can handle 6 innings consistently. Generally, the manager needs 3–if not 4–backend hurlers. Cholley Manuel has only one, which is why the problem won’t go away.

 

Amaro had no choice with the dollars, like all GM’s–even the Yankees. In a world with baseball parity, he had to roll the dice on many jobs, because of the AAV (Average Annual Value) commitments, and a competitive-balance tax that is steep. He was in that situation with Jose Contreras ($2.5M) and Joe Blanton ($8M), which is why there was no money for Roy Oswalt. He, also, had to carry inexpensive contracts, like those of John Mayberry Jr., Bastardo, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley. He had just enough room to sign Chad Qualls at $1.15M, and that left $4-5M for the trading deadline.

Ryno Barrels Up A 2nd-Inning Pitch

 

Contreras was the reliever for the 8th, but his hoped-for recovery vanished after a couple solid outings. Qualls crashed and burned after a mostly strong April. Stutes, David Herndon and Justin De Fratus ended up in the infirmary. Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst are the options to face left-handed sticks in the 7th or 8th. Michael Schwimer has earned a shot at the 8th, which is not the desired route Cholley would prefer. However, considering the 5 dismal appearances out of Bastardo’s last 9, Schwimer could not be any worse. I would feel less nervous with him, and not have to pray for an exhaling end of the 8th.

 

Kentucky Joe Loads Up A Fastball On July 1 In Miami

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 
Joe Blanton:

 

He had his CG, SO 3-hitter at The Ted in early May with no free passes and 6 punch outs on 88 bullets.  He has toiled 6.2 frames plus in 9 of 16 efforts with 6 monstrosities.  However, his ERA is a half run lower at the Bank.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
3RHP Vance Worley4-5, 3.46 ERABravesRHP Jair Jurrjens 2-2, 5.19 ERASunday, Day

 

Tommy Hanson Delivers At The Ted On July 2 Against The Cubs

 

Tommy Hanson:

 

He has lasted 6.1 innings or more in 7 of 17 attempts with 3 clunkers.  At the Ted in early May, his line against the Phils was:  3.2 frames, 8 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 95 wayward darts.  That said, he is 6-2 with a 2.89 road ERA.

 

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
Kyle Kendrick
John Lannan
NUMBERA FiveA Five
CLUB SLOTFourFive
FOR 2012 SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTEephus PitchSlurve ***
LAST HIGH OR LOW13th of 15 Categories9th of 15 Categories

 

 

 
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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