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
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Kyle Kendrick||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Darin Ruf|
John Mayberry Jr.
|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 Call||Jimmy Rollins||Has A Calf Issue|
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.
|STARTER||RECORD||TM||STARTER||RECORD||DAY & TIME|
|1||LHP Cliff Lee||1-6, 3.72 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Stephen Strasburg||11-4, 2.76 ERA||Tuesday, Night|
|2||RHP Vance Worley||5-6, 3.88 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||6-6, 3.52 ERA||Wednesday, Night|
|3||LHP Cole Hamels||11-5, 3.31 ERA||@ Nats||LHP Ross Detwiler||5-4, 3.24 ERA||Thursday, Night|
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.
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 Five||A Two|
|FOR 2012||1st Start||Over The Top|
|'12 RANKING||-- of 5 Categories||1st of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||1st Start||Changeup|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||-- of 15 Categories||8th 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, ** 2 Ticks UP
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|
CLIFF'S LINE: 6 INN, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K & 109 DARTS
W - L
CG - SO
BB - IBB
|Total||34 - 23||3.48||6.1||59 of 86||2 - 2||12||582.2||225||114 -2||557|
|Hamels||17 - 06||3.05||6.2||21 of 31||2 - 2||03||215.1||073||050 - 2||218|
|Lee||06 - 09||3.16||6.1||23 of 30||0 - 0||02||211.0||074||028 - 0||207|
|Halladay||11 - 08||4.49||7.0||15 of 25||0 - 0||07||156.1||078||036- 0||132|
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