It might come down to Roy Halladay for the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. Will he return to form in the nick of time?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 6-1 Outcome
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Chase Utley||Four-Star Performance
|The Penthouse||Pete Orr|
|* 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 Workhouse||Home SP||* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning|
|The Leather Warehouse||1B Darin Ruf||Made A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
|The Fun House Of Mirrors||Home RF|
|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 Call||Ryan Howard|
|Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm
The Three-Game Season:
The red pinstripes do not have to win every single battle, but the series is another matter. That said, Joe Blanton and the Doctor will benefit from the big yard in Georgia, if they have good command. The letdowns recently have been the 4 errors at the hot corner, Antonio Bastardo’s last showing, and the last 4 results by the rotation. The locals have to either be victorious in these 2 away clusters with a 4-2 mark, or be triumphant 4 times out of the next 5 contests. Ergo, if they go 1-2 in Atlanta, they will have to sweep Washington.
In early May, the Phils took 2 out of 3 at the Ted, and they have suffered 4 consecutive setbacks against them since. The Bank residents are 8-5 since the break and the Braves are 9-5, which means that the next 2 games are up for grabs. Against contenders, the hometown 9 are 3-4, while Atlanta is 4-4. The second matchup features Mike Minor, who has a tendency to get hit after the 4th-5th inning. And Tim Hudson is having the type of campaign that a hurler has after he returns from off-season surgery. His ERA is 0.50 higher than normal or his age is affecting him.
Looking ahead to the Nats, the Phils are 1-2 in each venue. They are a combined 4-9 against these 2 divisional rivals, and need to win all 5 decisions for a .500 ledger. They are due for victories against both foes, and it is payback time. Each member of the 5-man staff will have an opportunity to shine. The other outcomes were against a weaker version of the Phillies, and not the 25 players in the dugout this weekend. At this point Goliath is 0-1 with 2 and 5 battles respectively to fight.
He is 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA in his last 7 performances. Overall, he has worked 6.1 frames plus in 12 of 19 outings with 5 debacles. Against the Braves in both parks, his line is: 1-1, 2.94 ERA, 15.1 innings, 12 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 1 walk and 12 punch outs.
|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 had a successful beginning after his spring-training ultimatum of keep me with the parent club or trade me. For his last 3 appearances, he is 1-1 with a 2.33 July ERA. At home he is 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA, which is 1.47 lower than on the road. That said, he has lasted 6.1 frames in 6 of 18 attempts with 9 monstrosities.
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.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
|NUMBER||A Four||A Three|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Split Finger||Sinker|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||4th of 15 Categories||6th of 15 Categories|
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|
COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 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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