Jimmy Rollins and the soldiers of the Philadelphia Phillies return tomorrow night for local consumption. Will they continue to kick up a fuss?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-3 Outcome
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The Stretch Drive:
The calendar changes and the ferocity of the sport does also. It has revealed itself these last 2 series, will increase in August, and it will grow with each week during September. This is the time to see who is winning and who is not. New York (NL) is 0-5 and that is not a coincidence. Players pace themselves for a schedule of 3 days off per month during their March to November (desired) marathon.
They play harder after the 4 days off in the middle of the campaign. An example of a varying approach is Hunter Pence, who is more patient late in the game. The red pinstripes have a second-half reputation, which means they are victorious under combat conditions. Some things are even predictable, like a bullpen that puts in 6 months of work by Labor Day. Then, writers are surprised when the team goes into a dive. Check out the overworked relief rotations in Atlanta and Washington at my 2012 NL East ERA publications. Both organizations are headed for a September meltdown.
Both the Braves and the Nats beat the visiting Mets. Now, in the Big Apple, they get the Dodgers. The Giants, their NL West competitor, have been victorious for 5 straight since the break. San Francisco just walloped the soft pitching in Atlanta. In other words, your weaknesses will be your undoing as the battles rage on. Yesterday, the hometown 9 suffered a setback in extras, when it was down to Jake Diekman and Joe Savery. Jonathan Papelbon was victimized by bad luck and a contender with something at stake.
This weekend the Phils (4-2) will face off against the Giants (5-0), while the Metropolitans (0-5) greet the Dodgers (2-4). Meanwhile, the Braves (3-2) will square off in Washington (4-2), who went 2-2 against the Fish (3-3). This gauges the strength of a club by their under-attack record, and the weak links that brake in a loss. If you’re seeing each series as a war, you are getting a frontline observation.
He has worked 6.2 frames or more in 5 of 15 opportunities with 3 clunkers. That said, he is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA at the Bank. Fortunately, he is facing a hurler who provides 1 good outing per month, and he has already reached his quota for July.
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He lost his fastball last year but survived on his reputation. That said, his overreliance on his changeup didn’t go unnoticed. He has managed 7 innings plus in 5 (all at home) of 19 attempts with 11 monstrosities. On the road he is 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 tries. His mark by the Bay against the Phils in mid-April was: 6 frames, 8 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 K’s on 94 misfired bullets.
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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.
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DISPLAY NOTE: Non-listed results can go up or down by
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