Jimmy Rollins atoned for his lack of hustle from the prior battle, but other shortcomings on the Philadelphia Phillies extinguished the fire. How are they winning series mostly against contenders with this offense?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 7-4 Outcome
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Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
Digesting The Digits:
Last night was a perfect illustration of what is broken. It involved a third-base error and the 8th-frame setup that could not get 1 out. Freddy Galvis is the remedy for the hot corner, and Cholley Manuel needs a place to play him. This squad requires 1 solid and 1 secondary reliever for the abyss that swallows up victories. Plus, The stats below reveal a lack of right-handed power in the 6 hole, which could come from a free-agent outfielder.
It makes a huge difference when you consider that the red pinstripes have won 7 of 10 matchups at 3.8 runs per over 31 battles. They have 17 triumphs during that span. Against playoff-hopeful teams, they are 10-11 but have taken 4 of 7 series, averaging 3.2 runs. This has been accomplished with a mid-season spring training for Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Doc Halladay. Plus, they traded Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton, while they sat Juan Pierre. That stated, the 2nd half is also a time when the in-it clubs play harder and raise their intensity level.
Looking ahead to the next campaign, the locals have four of their sticks with a catcher, a first baseman, a second sacker and a shortstop. They also have an improved Dom Brown in right to go with a platoon of Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. at the other warning-track corner. Rube Amaro can fill 2 endgame bullpen spots and 1 right-handed power bat for the fly-ball patrol without obliterating the budget.
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He is 4-3 with a 2.59 road ERA, which is 2.61 lower than at the Bank. However, he is 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA for his last 8 appearances, including 4 monstrosities. He has lasted 6.2 innings plus in 6 of 20 outings with 6 debacles. Against the Brewers in Philly recently, his line was: 5.1 frames, 10 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 whiffs on 90 peas.
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He is 6-3 with a 3.40 home ERA, which is 0.85 lower in Milwaukee. He has worked 6.2 innings or more in 11 of 24 performances with 5 clunkers.
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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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