Domonic Brown is a big part of the Philadelphia Phillies final 2 months. What other regulars are expected to shine?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-1 Outcome
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The setbacks are magnified by the frustration of a strange season, which started with Ryan Howard on the ground last October. The team hasn’t been whole for the entire campaign. Everybody returned but not completely recovered. Doc Halladay and Chase Utley are potent again, while Ryan Howard is at 80%. Then, 3 players were traded and Chooch Ruiz went down. That said, the red pinstripes are 8-6 against 5 of 6 contenders, which means that there are still 7 enjoyable weeks on the schedule.
Brown (.286), Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst are making their cases for the 2013 25-man roster. Juan Pierre with a .309 average could return, while Freddy Galvis at third is a better bet due to the lack of FA third sackers. The offense would be: C Ruiz, 1B Howard, 2B Utley, SS Jimmy Rollins, 3B Galvis, RF Brown, LF Pierre and LF John Mayberry Jr. in a platoon arrangement. CF Torri Hunter, 37, is a free agent with 20-HR pop, hitting .293. The price tag could be in the $7-10M range, which might be a 2-tour consideration. That stated, there are expensive stars and not much else out there.
The Phils are in the no-man’s land of last place but have top-tier talent. They are 4-4 in their current configuration, which is against only playoff-hopeful clubs. Aside from Atlanta, they are 13-7 since the break. In other words, they are holding their own, considering they have played 20 of 26 games against organizations with postseason aspirations. The stakes are higher during August and September, which means the hometown 9 faces rivals with self-heightened expectations. After this afternoon, the locals have 7 contests against also-rans, which is where victories are plentiful.
Second-Half Numbers Against Contenders And The Balance:
He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 6 of 19 opportunities with 6 debacles. However, at the Bank he is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA, which is 2.46 lower on the road.
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He has lasted 6.2 frames or more in 7 of 22 attempts with 5 clunkers. Also, he is 7-2 with a 3.78 away ERA, which is 0.63 lower in St. Louis.
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Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.
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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