Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Near the edge

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

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance
The PenthousePete Orr

Chase Utley

Dom Brown
Chooch Ruiz
* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening
The WorkhouseHome SP* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning
The Leather Warehouse1B Darin RufMade A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsHome RF

The Defense
Takes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th
House CallRyan Howard
Tyler Cloyd
Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm

 

 

A Bright Spot In The 6th

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

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.

J-Roll Pilfers A 5th-Inning Bag

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.

J-Roll Waits For The Thief In The 7th

 

 

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.

 

King Cole Rules On July 15 In Denver

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

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.

 

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

Matt Cain Delivers A 2nd-Inning Pitch At Home On July 15 Against The ‘Stros

 

 

 

Matt Cain:

 

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.

 

 

 

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
Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
NUMBERA OneA Five
CLUB SLOTTwoFour
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th 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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