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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-0 Outcome
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Cliff Lee||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Cliff Lee|
|Worked Out Of A Runner-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 2nd
Fired 7 3-Hit Innings
An RBI Single To Tie The Score At 1 In The 8th
|The Kangaroo Courthouse||Ty Wigginton||Thrown Out Rounding 3rd To End The 2nd|
|The Whitehouse||Cliff Lee||Reached his 200th K In The 5th|
The speedster in center and the right fielder are on the west coast, but neither wanted to be dealt. The reason was the money for 2013 and next season’s competitive-balance threshold. Shane Victorino was at $7.33M AAV (Average Annual Value), and Hunter Pence earned $10.4M with a projection to $14M in ‘13. The dollar combination for 22 players is: The core four ($75M), 2 aces plus a closer ($56.5M), 4 fielding positions other than 3B ($7M), 2 starters ($4.25M), 5 bench roles ($11.25M), 4 young relievers and 1 bullpen buyout ($2.5M). That total is $156.5M from a ceiling of $178M AAV with 3 open spots.
After allowing $5M for the July 31 deadline and $3M in achieved incentives, Rube Amaro would have $13.5M to spend. He would have 3 vacancies to fill, which is third base and 2 backend arms for the relief corps. Re-signing Cole Hamels was a must-do, but a struggling Vic and an undisciplined Hunter were departing necessities. Nate Schierholtz’s 8th-inning play on Wednesday night was probably not caught by Pence. That said, the club is not better without them, but a swapped Hamels would have been worse.
Schierholtz displays a hunger to be in the lineup on a daily basis, and Dom Brown has improved all phases of his game with a glove or a bat. They are likely to occupy 2 of the outfield jobs, while Juan Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. are also in the mix. In order to address the ‘pen and third base, there will be a number of contracts at or near the MLB minimum. In 2014, the Luxury Tax will increase $11M to $189M. This is why the Yankees and Sox have been quiet, while recent buyers will soon reach this boundary also. In other words, it is the look of parity.
Schierholtz wants to be in the order frequently, is solid defensively with strong throwing ability, and he has power. Brown has shortened his swing, is comfortable at the plate, and he has vastly improved his fielding skills. Michael Martinez is here only for his leather, which includes centerfield with Vic off the roster. There may even be a place for Magic Juan on next year’s squad, and Kentucky Joe has a shot at finishing this campaign with the locals. Don’t expect anything other than Schierholtz, Brown, Mayberry and Pierre sharing the outfield. The hot corner will have to be a dangerous right-handed stick, who is 32 or younger, and not error-prone. Rube has $13.5M for the third sacker and 2 endgame pieces, which is enough to accomplish his retooling.
2013 Roster Forecast:
|1||Doc Halladay||Jonathan Papelbon||C Chooch Ruiz||OF Nate Schierholtz||Ty Wigginton|
|2||Cole Hamels||Antonio Bastardo||1B Ryan Howard||OF Dom Brown||Laynce Nix|
|3||Cliff Lee||Josh Lindblom||2B Chase Utley||OF Juan Pierre||John Mayberry Jr.|
|4||Vance Worley||2 Young Arms||SS Jimmy Rollins||Third Base FA||Michael Martinez|
|5||Kyle Kendrick||2 Veteran FA's||Backup Catcher|
He is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in his last 8 outings. Overall, he has worked 6.1 frames plus in 13 of 20 efforts with 5 debacles.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He had a career-best 2011 but he is less dominant this tour. He has lasted 6.1 innings or more in 12 of 21 showings with 6 clunkers. That said, he is 4-6 with a 3.68 away ERA, which is 1.10 lower than at home. In his last 3 appearances, however, he is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA.
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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