Roy Halladay toed the rubber last night to open a stretch of tough competition for the Philadelphia Phillies. What can we expect from the next 6 battles? A spoiler or an early configuration of the 2013 Phils?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 12-5 Blowout
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Cliff Lee||Four-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Cliff Lee|
|Worked Out Of A Runner-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 2nd
Fired 7 3-Hit Innings
An RBI Single To Tie The Score At 1 In The 8th
|The Kangaroo Courthouse||Ty Wigginton||Thrown Out Rounding 3rd To End The 2nd|
|The Whitehouse||Cliff Lee||Reached his 200th K In The 5th|
Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
Start To Finish:
The article title is a reference to the original name and chalked rectangle for the hurler. On each side of the plate, there is a similar limitation. Thus, the phrase, back through the box, makes more sense. That stated, Rube Amaro is building a team from the mound outward with defense. That is why Cole Hamels was re-upped and Kyle Kendrick is in the rotation.
The 3 aces and Kendrick are under contract to be part of the 5-man staff. Vance Worley is either working through his bone-chips problem, and/or has been figured out by the league. Rube extended Kyle for another year at $4.5M, which brings the average to $3.75M over 2 campaigns. It should be noted that not 1 of the 5 slots is considered a throwaway for the locals, because it’s a drain on the relief corps. This is the thinking of the brain trust even with a solid bullpen.
The pattern is unmistakable with the trades for Cliff Lee, Halladay, the inkings of Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, Kendrick and Hamels. Jeremy Horst and Michael Schwimer–who is not listed below after his dismal 8th-frame auditions–are 2 prime candidates for 2 seats in the ‘pen. Two other jobs are available from Antonio Bastardo, Josh Lindblom, Michael Stutes and David Herndon. The club needs 2 FA endgame arms, and will field leather in some positions, which equals one affordable mid-range stick. In other words, 1 right-handed power bat for the outfield or third base is required. Freddy Galvis has the glove for third, Juan Pierre hits .300 as a part-time leftfielder, and Dom Brown is already somewhere in the April lineup.
While most in the media debate the moves, they should compute the AAV (average annual value) that is committed for 2013 before looking over the free agents available. When the GM is interviewed, listen to his answers, because he says it without mentioning any names. His first answer yesterday was the bullpen before a bat with pop, when he was asked his intentions. Most forget to acknowledge Amaro’s big FA acquisition for next season: King Cole.
2nd Half Stats:
W-L & SV
|Doc Halladay||3 - 2||3.91||03||3||1|
|Cole Hamels||4 - 2||2.36||05||1||1|
|Cliff Lee||1 - 2||3.55||03||3||1|
|Vance Worley||2 - 3||5.35||02||0||5|
|Kyle Kendrick *||2 - 1||3.22||02||1||1|
|Jonathan Papelbon||9 of 10 Sv||1.59||11||2||2|
* As a starter
For his last 8 performances, his line is: 2-2, a 3.38 ERA, 58.2 innings, 58 hits, 24 runs (22 earned), 5 walks and 53 whiffs. He has worked 7 complete or more in 7 of those 8 efforts.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He is 7-2 with a 2.92 away ERA, which is 2.50 lower than at home. He has worked 6.1 frames or more in 12 of 24 appearances with 6 clunkers. However, for his last 4 outings, his ledger reads: 1-2, a 8.24 ERA, 19.2 innings, 35 hits, 20 runs (18 earned), 9 free passes (1 intentional) and 16 strikeouts.
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 Four|
|FOR 2012||3-Quarter Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||2nd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Cutter *||Eephus Pitch|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||3rd of 15 Categories||13th 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|
DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 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|
15TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:
|ACE||W - L||ERA||INN+||CONV||CG||SO||BAD||INN||H||R||ER||BB||IBB||SO|
|Total||2 - 0||2.84||6.1+||2 of 3||0||0||1||19.0||14||6||6||4||0||20|
|Halladay||1 - 0||7.20||6.1+||0 of 1||0||0||1||05.0||06||4||4||3||0||07|
|Lee||0 - 0||1.29||7.0+||1 of 1||0||0||0||07.0||03||1||1||0||0||05|
|Hamels||1 - 0||1.29||7.0+||1 of 1||0||0||0||07.0||05||1||1||1||0||08|
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