Cole Hamels picked an excellent time to crank up a complete-game, shutout 5-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies. The relief corps got last night off but they’ll see 3-4 innings tonight, no doubt.
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-0 Triumph
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Kyle Kendrick||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Darin Ruf|
John Mayberry Jr.
|Smoked A 2-RBI Triple To Open A 2-0 Lead
In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Night With An IBB
Nursing A 2-Run Advantage,
Punched Out Werth With A Runner At 3rd To End The 5th,
& Escaped A Harper-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 4-Hit Innings
Made A Superb Catch Of A Blooper In A Critical Spot During The 8th
Ended The 8th-Inning Threat With A Called K On The 4-Hole Stick
|House Call||Jimmy Rollins||Has A Calf Issue|
The Green Machine:
Rube Amaro will have $13.5M to spend after commitments, achieved incentives, a buyout, and dollars for the 2013 trade deadline, which is listed in my recent article marked below. In between his biggest need for a third basemen and his current outfield holdovers, there are the young guns before the closer. Third base is an outside-the-organization player, while the trio in front of the warning track is a no-choice gamble. The section with in-house solutions that will fill some of its openings is the bullpen.
There are 6 seats after Jonathan Papelbon with 2 being filled by the present 8th-frame options: Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom. The 2 best of the rest should leave 2 open spots for free-agent acquisitions. Going with 4 youngsters is not a comforting feeling, and even 3 is only slightly less foreboding. This group consists of Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Michael Schwimer, Jeremy Horst, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus, Joe Savery and Phillippe Aumont.
There is a lot of additional firepower in this arsenal. Working from the bottom up, Aumont has a 3.82 ERA with 13 saves at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but has a 2.53 ERA for his last 10 appearances. He will probably be a September call-up with Savery, De Fratus and Diekman. Savery was decent half the time, the effective Diekman was limited to 1 or 2 batters, and De Fratus spent most of the year on the DL after his fine final month (MLB) in 2011. Stutes and Herndon won’t return until spring training.
The first of 3 to watch is Rosenberg, who had 2 solid performances against 2 contenders. He may have fixed a few things at Lehigh Valley before his reactivation. Horst was the reliever Amaro dealt Wilson Valdez for in the off-season, and he has earned Cholley Manuel’s trust. Schwimer’s numbers below are after he received a major overhaul from pitching coach Rich Dubee, He, also, has earned their faith in him.
The GM does not need a $13.5M third sacker–Polly Polanco made $6M. $7.5M should be able to pay 1 set-up man for the 8th and 1 or 2 other pieces. You want to know where Rube will spend money? Watch the young studs in the ‘pen and judge how confident they make you feel.
ERA & GMS
INN & H
R & ER
BB & IBB & SO
|RHP Michael Schwimer||1.54 For 22||23.1 - 14||6 - 4||9 - 2 - 27|
|LHP Jeremy Horst||1.29 For 14||14.0 - 10||3 - 2||3 - 0 - 03|
|RHP B.J. Rosenberg||0.00 For 02||03.1 - 01||0 - 0||0 - 0 - 04|
|RHP Justin De Fratus (AAA)||1.93 For 09||09.1 - 07||2 - 2||1 - 0 - 07|
After the swap of Joe Blanton, this is his final switch back to the rotation, which would have occurred next April anyway. He will be limited to 75-85 peas or 5-6 innings tonight. He has lasted 6.1 frames plus in 5 of 14 efforts with 3 debacles. In early July at the Bank against the Braves, his line was: 7 complete, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk and 5 whiffs on 89 tosses.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He is 5-1 with a 2.22 away ERA, which is 2.11 lower than at home. He has worked 6.2 innings or more in 10 of 18 showings with 5 clunkers. In both parks his ledger against the Phils reads: 2-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 frames, 11 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 2 free passes and 5 strikeouts.
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 Five||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||3rd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Slurve ***|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||9th 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
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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