Domonic Brown provided half the runs for the Philadelphia Phillies in their contest yesterday, but now there are 7 battles at the Bank against the organizations with the 2 best NL records. Cincinnati just went 8-3 against the Cubs and the Metropolitans, will they see the Phils as easy pickings? Washington has gone 13-4–versus the Fish, ‘Stros, D-backs, Giants and Mets– since winning only 1 of 3 at home against Cholley’s boys. Will they have something to prove? And how are the hometown 9 taking series against mostly contenders with this offense?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 8-0 Triumph
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Chase Utley||Four-Star Performance
|The Penthouse||Pete Orr|
|* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening
|The Workhouse||Home SP||* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning|
|The Leather Warehouse||1B Darin Ruf||Made A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
|The Fun House Of Mirrors||Home RF|
|Takes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th
|House Call||Ryan Howard|
|Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm
Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
This is an article that got buried, and I decided to publish a slightly updated version.
Thursday 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, and split one at 3.9 runs per over 34 battles. They have 19 triumphs during that span. Against playoff-hopeful teams, they are 10-11 but have taken 4 of 7 sets, 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.
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 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.
BB - 1BB
SB - CS
|1 - SH||SS Jimmy Rollins||.194||6||11||134||26||14 - 0||6 - 0|
|2 - LH||LF Juan Pierre||.303||0||03||066||20||04 - 0||9 - 1|
|3 - LH||2B Chase Utley||.250||6||18||116||29||22 - 3||3 - 1|
|4 - LH||1B Ryan Howard||.246||7||21||118||29||11 - 0||0 - 0|
|5 - RH||C Chooch Ruiz||.268||1||12||056||15||00 - 0||0 - 0|
|6 - LH||RF Dom Brown||.269||0||08||067||18||08 - 0||0 - 0|
|7 - RH||CF John Mayberry Jr.||.236||4||05||089||21||07 - 0||0 - 0|
|8 - LH||OF Nate Schierholtz||.219||1||02||032||07||03 - 0||0 - 0|
He is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA after being reactivated. For his last 3 performances, however, his line is: 2-1, a 1.64 August ERA, 22 complete, 11 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 20 whiffs.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He is 3-3 with a 3.13 away ERA, which is 2.27 lower on the road. He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 11 of 23 appearances with 7 clunkers.
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 One||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Short Arm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||4th of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Split Finger|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||4th of 15 Categories|
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|
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