Cole Hamels is in ace form for the Philadelphia Phillies after cranking out another strong performance. Will he be the third member of the staff to earn that hardware?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-3 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|
Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
The Home Stretch:
While there are many predictions for this year’s candidates, I am reviewing the top-tier hurlers in the sport instead. Not all who blow up speed guns are among the elite arms. A number one needs 3 above-average pitches to be among the best for more than a season or two. The first set of studs in the below table entered this campaign as the top 5. In order to join that group, an ace must put together consecutive summers of excellence. The other categories are: 1 sparkling year, other number ones, and those with health-related issues.
Doc Halladay remains in the 1 spot after an injury-plagued 2013, but Hamels and Felix Hernandez have passed Cliff Lee. Lee has had a strange tour, but–unlike Tim Lincecum–he hasn’t completely tanked. The Freak lost his fastball, relied heavily on his changeup, and skirted by due to his reputation in ’11. He still could be a one in ‘13, or he could be at the bottom of the San Francisco rotation with Barry Zito. Baring a miracle, Lincecum won’t begin the next campaign on the top shelf.
Justin Verlander and Matt Cain will be added to the top 4, if they continue their dominance. The same is true of Clayton Kershaw and Jered Weaver. David Price has recaptured his 2011 form and needs to duplicate it for 2 straight. Adam Wainwright had a sterling 2010, missed 2011, and he is still recovering. Josh Johnson hasn’t been disabled but he is still not all the way back either. Zack Greinke had his 2009 Cy Young summer but hasn’t repeated it. Ian Kennedy had a career year (2011), while Ubaldo Jimenez had a half of one (2010) before fading.
Jon Lester and Dan Haren are experiencing down campaigns, while Josh Beckett has alternated greatness with shabbiness since 2005. If he continues this schedule, he’ll be lights-out in 2013. C.C. Sabathia is a certified stud but always falls short of the upper echelon. GM’s didn’t have $10M in March for Roy Oswalt, but 2nd-half-team Texas returned him to the 5-man unit after a bullpen demotion. Chris Carpenter had a relapse of his nerve problems, but he might see some action before this 162 ends. Johan Santana was surprising everyone until his 134-bullet no-hitter, but since then he has had 7 clunkers in his last 10 appearances. I don’t believe that is coincidental, because he had a CG shutout in his prior-to-that start.
Among the names to look over next summer, Jake Peavy is 31 and having his first strong tour since his 2009 troubles. Then, there are veterans with solid seasons: Johnny Cueto, Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Vogelson and R.A. Dickey. Plus, the next generation of aces features Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman. Are they having that one big year or will they duplicate their stats, like Hamels, Kershaw and Cain?
CONV = Converted Start Of 6.1 Innings Or More
INN+ = Minimum Innings For Conversion Number
BAD = Clunker
NOTE: Click entries button to open more than the visible 10.
W - L
|1-1||Doc Halladay||06 - 07||3.80||7.0||11 of 17||0||0||04|
|1-2||Cliff Lee||02 - 07||3.83||7.0||15 of 21||0||0||02|
|1-3||Cole Hamels||14 -06||2.94||6.2||18 of 24||2||2||02|
|1-4||Felix Hernandez||11 - 05||2.60||6.1||21 of 25||4||4||06
|1-5||Tim Lincecum||06 - 13||5.45||7.0||08 of 25||0||0||13|
|2-1||Justin Verlander||12 - 07||2.53||6.1||17 of 25||6||1||02|
|2-2||Matt Cain||12 - 05||2.90||6.1||18 of 24||2||2||03|
|2-3||Dan Haren||08 - 10||4.90||6.1||08 of 22||1||1||09|
|2-4||Jon Lester||07 - 10||5.03||6.2||14 of 25||2||0||05|
|2-5||Josh Beckett||05 - 10||5.19||6.2||10 of 20||0||0||06|
|2-6||C.C. Sabathia||12 - 03||3.56||6.2||14 of 20||2||0||02|
|2-7||Zack Greinke||10 - 04||3.81||6.2||13 of 25||0||0||09|
|3-1||Clayton Kershaw||11 - 06||2.90||6.1||17 of 25||2||2||03|
|3-2||Jered Weaver||15 - 03||2.74||6.1||14 of 22||3||2||03|
|3-3||David Price||16 - 04||2.39||6.1||20 of 24||1||1||02|
|3-4||Ian Kennedy||10 - 10||4.35||6.1||12 of 24||1||0||07|
|3-5||Ubaldo Jimenez||09 - 12||5.62||6.1||07 of 24||0||0||08|
|4-1||Adam Wainwright||11 - 10||3.87||6.1||12 of 24||2||1||04|
|4-2||Johan Santana||06 - 09||4.85||6.1||07 of 21||2||2||08|
|4-3||Josh Johnson||07 - 09||3.73||6.1||11 of 24||0||0||06|
|4-4||Jake Peavy||09 - 09||3.11||6.1||18 of 24||4||1||04|
|4-5||Roy Oswalt||04 - 02||6.04||6.1||02 of 07||0||0||03|
He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 6 of 16 outings with 4 debacles. Against the Brewers in Philly recently, his relief line was: 1.2 frames, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks (1 intentional) and 2 whiffs on 33 peas.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He is 2-5 with a 4.74 home ERA, which is 2.21 lower in Milwaukee. He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 7 of 23 attempts with 9 monstrosities. During the last series at the Bank, his mark was: 6 full, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 5 strikeouts on 108 finessed tosses.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
|Over The Top||Excellent|
|Short Arm||Approximately Average|
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
|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, ** 1 Tick DOWN
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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