Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Reassembling the red pinstripes

Roy Halladay will lead the redesigned Philadelphia Phillies into 2013.  Can they return to the prominence we have been spoiled by?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-0 Triumph

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

 

 

This is an article that got buried by the trade of Joe Blanton,  and I decided to publish an updated version.

 

Dom Brown Singles In A 8th-Inning Insurance Run

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

The Intersection Of Yesterday And Tomorrow:

 

The speedster in center, the right fielder and a hurler are on the west coast, but they didn’t want 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), Joe Blanton was allotted $8M AAV, 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.

Erik Kratz Arrives Home After His 3rd-Inning HR

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. Kentucky Joe was a straight $3M salary dump for the profit margin. Plus, 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.

J-Roll Beats The Runner With His Snap Tag In The 8th

Schierholtz wants to be in the order frequently, is solid defensively with strong throwing ability, and he has power. Brown has mostly 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 without Vic. There may even be a place for Magic Juan on next year’s squad, and Laynce Nix is inked through ‘13. Don’t expect anything other than Schierholtz, Brown, Mayberry, Pierre and Nix sharing the outfield.

There are 6 balls-in-the-air requirements:  3 outfielders, a third baseman and 2 set-up men. Brown has already been tabbed as the leftfielder for beyond September, but he can handle all 3 positions. Pierre has speed, averages .300, is adequate in left; and with a $200K raise, he would account for $1M on a one-tour basis. Schierholtz and Mayberry could secure 1 or 2 spots with respectable numbers. Or with Dom and Juan in 2 slots, the other 2 could be the 8-hole glove-type player for a 4-man rotation. If this warning-track patrol can be fairly productive, the GM will have more maneuverability for the 3 bigger issues.

The 6 bullpen seats other than Jonathan Papelbon’s would be split 3 ways:  Antonio Bastardo (7th), Josh Lindblom (7th), 2 youngsters from among 9 candidates, and 2 veterans for the 8th. 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.

 

 
STARTERS
RELIEVERS
REGULARS
OTHER POS.
BENCH
1Doc HalladayJonathan PapelbonC Chooch RuizOF Nate SchierholtzTy Wigginton
2Cole HamelsAntonio Bastardo1B Ryan HowardOF Dom BrownLaynce Nix
3Cliff LeeJosh Lindblom2B Chase UtleyOF Juan PierreJohn Mayberry Jr.
4Vance Worley2 Young ArmsSS Jimmy RollinsThird Base FAMichael Martinez
5Kyle Kendrick2 Veteran FA'sBackup Catcher

 

 

The General Dials-Up A 4-Seam Fastball During 7 Scoreless Innings On July 31 In Washington

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

Since he overcame his mental boulder, he is 2-1 with a 2.75 July ERA in his last 5 performances.  He is back to being the 2010 Christmas present that he was as a free agent.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

 

Trevor Cahill Loads Up On July 30 In Los Angeles

 

 

Trevor Cahill:

 

He is 5-4 with a 2.79 away ERA, which is 2.08 lower than in his hitter-friendly home park.  Against the locals at Chase Field in late April, his ledger read:  5.1 frames, 6 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 88 misfired bullets.  Overall, he has worked 6.2 innings plus in 8 of 21 chances with 6 clunkers, including 4 at Chase–another was during a visit to Colorado.

 

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.

*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation

 

HURLER
Cliff Lee
Edwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
CLUB SLOTThreeThree
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th 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

 

 

STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



DOC HALLADAY

DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 DARTS

 

 

ACE
W - L
ERA
INN+
CONV
CG - SO
BAD
INN
ER
BB - IBB
SO
Total34 - 233.486.159 of 862 - 212582.2225114 -2557
Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312 - 203215.1073050 - 2218
Lee06 - 093.166.123 of 300 - 002211.0074028 - 0207
Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250 - 007156.1078036- 0132

 

 

12TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO
Total2 - 02.846.1+2 of 300119.014664020
Halladay1 - 07.206.1+0 of 100105.006443007
Lee0 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.003110005
Hamels1 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.005111008

 

 

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