Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Is Hamels in retooling plans?

Cole Hamels is the top priority for the Philadelphia Phillies, including any direction they take.  And, remember, Rube Amaro has done his due diligence to re-up the other stars of this championship-oriented core.  Do you ink Jimmy Rollins to his favorable agreement with your stud lefty in his walk year?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-3 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse Darin Ruf

Kyle Kendrick



John Mayberry Jr.
Jeremy Horst
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 CallJimmy RollinsHas A Calf Issue

 

 

This is an article that got buried by the return of Ryan Howard,  and I decided to publish an updated version.

( The Before preceded the last outing by King Cole.

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trading Hamels?)

 

Jason Pridie Provided The Offense With His 2nd-Inning Bomb

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

The After:

 

Despite the fact that the club is among the sellers in the standings, I would be surprised by a trade of King Cole. When you figure 8 games behind the second wild-card spot as the boundary, there are 8 organizations on the wrong side. The red pinstripes are at the 10 mark, which is in front of only 6 other franchises. The other 7 total are: Kansas City (9 out), Minnesota (10.5), Seattle (11.5), San Diego (13), the Cubs (13), Colorado (13) and Houston (13.5). The GM may deal Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Polly Polanco or Hunter Pence, but not the young southpaw.

How Can It Be A 1st-Inning Strike, If It’s Not A Strike?

The driving force behind a team with the framework for more than one title is rooted in central characters who have experienced many losing summers together. They are mostly farm-system products, because the club had early draft picks due to numerous abysmal campaigns. Hamels, Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are the heart of the beast. These are the stars at the beginning of the line for the paymaster’s window. J-Roll’s new contract and Ryno’s deal indicate the mechanism in place for Cole to remain a Phillie.

Atlanta leads for the 2nd wild card and the other is held by Cincinnati. The Mets have a porous defense with a weak bullpen, and they are looking for another closer. Tim Lincecum lost his fastball last year and he can no longer get by on his reputation. The Braves have pitching problems and their sticks mostly carry them, which is why they are streaky. The Fish added Carlos Lee to fill a 1st-base hole. However, Giancarlo Stanton is now out for 1-2 months, and Heath Bell was a 1-year hammer. The Reds, Cards and Bucs will beat each other.

The 5th-Inning Theft Of A Double By Magic Juan

Utley is better than last season, Howard is ready to make an impact, and Doc Halladay will probably start the 5th contest after the break. Then, there is the lineup for the 2nd half:  Rollins (1), Juan Pierre (2), Utley (3), Howard (4), Chooch Ruiz (5), Pence (6), Victorino (7) and Polanco (8). There is no doubt in my mind that the bats, gloves, and most of the arms are strong. The only exception is for the 7th and 8th innings. Their biggest need is a decent reliever for the backend.

After their rock-bottom finish for the first half, Amaro has to make retooling plans, which can only be postponed with a strong 6 battles in Colorado and Los Angeles. Don’t confuse that with rebuilding, but it might feature rookies as well, like Tyler Cloyd. If Kyle Kendrick stumbles, Cloyd could slot 5th behind Vance Worley and the 3 aces. But it could also include the return of FA Michael Bourne for all anybody knows.

Ryno Dives For The 5th-Inning Out

The Phils have big commitments with Halladay ($20M), Cliff Lee ($25M), Howard ($20M), Utley ($15M), Jonathan Papelbon ($13M) and Rollins ($11M) for a total of $104M. Rube’s favored acquisitions are the best pitchers and those 3 are in the list above. That list also contains every member of the core four except for Cole, who arrived at fulltime status in 2007. Hamels is the only player to fit in both categories. And don’t forget billionaire John S. Middleton, who approved the dollars for Lee.

 

The General Commands A 3rd-Inning Fastball On July 4 In Queens

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He has had the weight lifted from his shoulders, has a recharging break in progress, and an entire second half ahead.  Look for him to go on a dominant run or two, beginning in Denver.

 

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME
1LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.72 ERA@ NatsRHP Stephen Strasburg11-4, 2.76 ERATuesday, Night
2RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.88 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson6-6, 3.52 ERAWednesday, Night
3LHP Cole Hamels11-5, 3.31 ERA@ NatsLHP Ross Detwiler5-4, 3.24 ERAThursday, Night

 

Christian Friedrick Loads Up A Fastball On July 5 In St. Louis

 

 

 

Christian Friedrich:

 

He has lasted 7 frames in 2 of 12 attempts with 4 monstrosities at home (5 total).  He is 1-3 with a 9.62 ERA at Coors for 5 appearances.  However, he will be limited to 75 bullets with their 4-man rotation.

 

 

 

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
Cliff Lee
Edwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
CLUB SLOTThreeThree
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th 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

 

 
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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