Even Roy Halladay encountered it before rejoining the Philadelphia Phillies. What team did he face in Clearwater for his rehab outing?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-2 Triumph
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This is an article that got buried by trade-rumor commentary, and I decided to publish an updated version.
All Parts Equal The Whole:
The answer is that only divine intervention will save the red pinstripes, like 2007. At this point most will feel these examples are only signposts on the way to a cursed summer. The first clue appeared on July 4th with the 1st win for Cliff Lee, which was their only victory over the previous 12 decisions. He, naturally, lost when every other member of the rotation recorded wins. Independence Day was the freeing occasion and not July 3, while we waited in vain for someone else to chalk up a W.
The other ace had his rehab in Florida against the Miracle from Ft. Myers. Miracle was used to describe what the Phils require. Then, there are the potential bookends of 2007 and 2012. We, coincidentally, faced the Rox in the ‘07 NLDS, and that was the organization a supernatural event had to be initiated against. Colorado was swept by Boston that year, which had Jonathan Papelbon as their hammer. The locals have never secured a wildcard, and they haven’t slipped in to capture a pennant or a World Series either. They’ve done the unexpected but not the impossible.
The must-see development was the matchup after the 13th. Lee was triumphant on his 14th attempt and that was the 1st shot after Friday the 13th. And now that he had absorbed another L on his ledger, perhaps, the baseball gods were accommodated. That said, the squad–like Lee–produced a victory. And the opposing hurler in that 1st win, also, had 13 starts before that effort. The 2nd battle for the 2nd half was a victory, which kept 2012 on life support.
They were at the end of their possibilities, and then they delayed their fate. Next, they took the series at Coors in convincing fashion. That said, they went west to matchup with a stronger opponent. Plus, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Polly Polanco have an extra incentive to turn things around. If the Phils don’t rebound, they will be ex-Phillies and they don’t want to be. Now, the streak has reached three with the excitement we were accustomed to. Did Doc arrive in the nick of time?
He will be limited to 5-6 innings or 75-85 bullets. He drew a Triple-A replacement due to an unexpected health issue.
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He is the emergency option after Chad Billingsley revealed his elbow problem belatedly. Fife went 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he had 3 clunkers in his previous 5 attempts. That said, he threw 7-scoreless, 2-hit frames the last time out.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
* = Breaking Ball
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