Cole Hamels mulls over the latest offer from the Philadelphia Philles, while the team teeters on the border between breath and death. Can they re-sign Hamels and keep a pulse?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 7-2 Outcome
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The Must Clusters:
In order for this squad to have even a remote postseason chance, they need mostly wins. They will have to take every series and sweep every 3rd or 4th one. Remember, they suffered a setback in the first game after the break, which means that 1 loss is survivable by a degree or two.
In the 3 washouts the reasons separate the weaknesses from the poor performances. The first one, which was coughed up by the bullpen, was in Colorado after Cliff Lee was lifted for a pinch hitter during the 7th. The second was a combination of a strength and a shortcoming. Cholley Manuel successfully played the percentages by burning 4 relievers in order to finish the 9th with a lead for Jonathan Papelbon. His hammer was nailed, and his ‘pen only offered the choice between a lefty specialist or a Triple-A fill-in with checkered MLB numbers. Last night it was a counted-on starter who didn’t succeed, which means a soft spot was not exposed.
The 3 in the 4-3 mark since the break has been a 50-50 proposition, and the middle relief corps was exposed twice. That’s 4 breakdowns in 7 matchups, which includes the first-and-ninth-frame arms and a weak bullpen. The offense, defense, rotation and the closer are strong, which is what you would expect from a club that had 102 victories last year. King Cole needs to command the Giants from his earthly throw-n, and start earning his expensive contract before the ink is applied.
He has a slight advantage at the Bank with a 5-3 record and a 2.76 ERA, which is 0.62 lower than his road average. He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 13 of 18 efforts with 1 debacle.
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He is 5-1 with a 3.28 away ERA, which is 1.32 higher than by the Bay. He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 14 of 18 attempts with 1 clunker. He faced the Phils at home in mid-April with a CG, SO 2-hitter, walking 1 and striking out 4 on 91 darts.
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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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