Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Revenge or contrast?

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

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseCliff Lee

Jimmy Rollins
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 CourthouseTy WiggintonThrown Out Rounding 3rd To End The 2nd
The WhitehouseCliff LeeReached his 200th K In The 5th

 

 

Cholley Questions The Call At Home In The 3rd

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

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.

Sorry, Cholley. The Ump Got The Call Right In The 3rd.

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: 

PLAYER
AVERAGE
HR
RBI
AB
H
BB
Dom Brown.286012162
John Mayberry Jr..308112681
Nate Schierholtz.263121951
TOTAL.2882466194

 

 

Dom Brown Speeds To 3rd In The 3rd

 

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:

TEAMS
2ND HALF #
2H SERIES #
POST-DEADLINE #
PD SERIES #
TOTAL12 - 105 - 24 - 32 - 0
VS. CONTENDERS07 - 093 - 24 - 32 - 0
VS. ALSO-RANS05 - 012 - 00 - 00 - 0

 

 

JMJ Blocks The Ball From Skirting Past Him In The 3rd

 

 

 

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.

 

King Cole Loads Up On August 2 In Washington

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

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.

 

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

 

Mike Minor Readies A Knuckle Curveball At Home On August 2 Against The Fish

 

Mike Minor:

 

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.

 

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
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

 

 

 
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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