Cole Hamels must be the stopper that the Philadelphia Phillies need tonight. Or will the losing streak against the Tomahawks continue?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 6-1 Outcome
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The New Reality:
This has been an injury-plagued season from day 1 in Clearwater. Ryan Howard was not expected to participate in March, and Chase Utley was having difficulty with his other knee. Doc Halladay went down for 2 months after playing through the discomfort from the beginning, and it took until August to see his ace game again. Now, Chooch Ruiz will miss 4-6 weeks. This was the first time this squad could not overcome a pile of health problems.
Juan Pierre is the only moveable survivor from the deadline with the trades of Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton. Polly Polanco is still a Phillie only because of his DL status, while Magic Juan realizes reduced at-bats. Considering the outfield alignment of Dom Brown, John Mayberry Jr. and Nate Schierholtz, it might be a good idea to keep Pierre next year. Brown earned a promotion to the 2 hole after Schierholtz was given more AB’s in that spot.
The New Outfield:
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The fly-ball patrol is key to 2013’s success, because Rube Amaro cannot go into the next campaign with Antonio Bastardo, Josh Lindblom and 4 youngsters in front of Jonathan Papelbon. Rube needs at least 1 offensive and 1 defensive outfielder with Pierre from the above 3. That is a realistic goal when you consider Brown’s improvement and ascension to the 2 slot.
W-L & Series Records:
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The 2nd half has been solid other than against the Braves, but 2 wins for the series is still possible. That stated, Hamels and Kyle Kendrick have produced results against Atlanta. Excluding the decisions from the Chop Shoppers, the red pinstripes are 12-6 in the 2nd half and 7-5 against the other contenders after the break. The locals have the weight of the hype off their shoulders and jobs to be had, while in-it teams have meaningful October baseball, riding on every pitch. Is revenge a factor after 7 consecutive setbacks? Or–as a contrast to the 1st three months–can they triumph by being more relaxed? Either way, there are 53 battles of enjoyable competition ahead.
He is 5-3 at the Bank with a 3.10 ERA, which is 0.45 lower than on the road. At the Ted twice, his line is: 0-1, 4.09 ERA, 11 innings, 10 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 8 free passes and 13 whiffs.
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One thing to watch for is his knuckle curve, because I didn’t hear that mentioned as part of his arsenal. The grip in the photo from his last outing cannot be confused with any other type. The movement must be similar to another off-speed toss.
He is 2-1 with a 1.74 July-August ERA in his last 5 performances, but 4 were at home. However, he is 2-5 with a 6.16 away ERA, which is 2.24 lower in Atlanta. Overall, he has lasted 6.1 frames plus in 7 of 20 efforts with 9 clunkers. In Georgia against the Phils, his late-July ledger read: 8 complete, 4 hits, 1 run (earned), 0 walks and 9 punch outs on 103 bullets.
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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.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
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