Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Lockdown credentials

Jonathan Papelbon dropped to a 90% close ratio last night for the Philadelphia Phillies from 93.1%.  Will he be able to reach 93% again, which he achieved in 2011?

TAL’S HANDY CAPS

 

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-4 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse Darin Ruf

Kyle Kendrick



John Mayberry Jr.
Jeremy Horst
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 CallJimmy RollinsHas A Calf Issue

 

 

Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Event

 

 

J-Roll Scores A 1st-Inning Run & The Sign Says It All

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

Fireman’s Ball:

 

To be among the elite closers in the sport, the bullpen-rotation stud needs consecutive seasons of excellence. Entering this campaign, the order was: Mariano Rivera, Papelbon and Brian Wilson. Like top-tier aces, these dominate arms haven’t achieved success for only 1 year or 3 months. Those hurlers are among the best for only a 162.

 

FIRST-TIER CLOSERS:

CLOSER
TEAM
ERA
SAVES
OPPS.
PCT.
Jonathan PapelbonPhillies2.86273090.0%
Craig KimbrelBraves1.20313393.9%
Craig Kimbrel ('11)Braves2.25556485.9%
Aroldis ChapmanReds1.33303488.2%
Rafael SorianoYankees1.64313393.9%
Joe NathanRangers2.61242596.0%
John Axeford Brewers5.19192770.4%
John Axeford ('11)Brewers2.19525496.3%
Brian Wilson ('11)Giants3.32374288.1%
Mariano Rivera ('11)Yankees1.94495589.1%
Ryan Madson ('11)Reds2.37323494.1%

 

 

J-Roll Turns The DP For Lee’s Escape From The 6th

 

 

If you look at the above chart, you’ll notice that John Axeford went from a dominant hammer last summer to losing his job temporarily. If Frankie Rodriquez hadn’t tanked, Axeford would not be on the bump in the 9th. This tour it’s Aroldis Chapman and the talk about his last 25 opportunities–not his first 23 tries. In 4 days he’ll have been a beast for 2 months, which doesn’t elevate him over Mo, Cinco Ocho and the Beard.

 

 

NL CLOSERS:

TEAM
CLOSER
TEAM
CLOSER
TEAM
CLOSER
PhilliesJonathan PapelbonCardinalsJason MotteGiantsBy Committee
BravesCraig Kimbrel BrewersJohn AxfordDiamondbacksJ.J. Putz
FishSteve CishekReds*Aroldis ChapmanDodgersKenley Jansen
NationalsTyler ClippardBucsJoel HanrahanRoxRafael Betancourt
MetsFrank FranciscoCubs Carlos MarmolPadsHuston Street**
AstrosWilton Lopez

 

* Southpaw, ** On DL

Ty Wigginton Is An Easy 7th-Inning Out After The Reliever Robbed The Phils On Magic Juan’s Bunt

 

Craig Kimbrel would be at the top, if he wasn’t overused in Atlanta. The Braves collapsed because their starters didn’t go deep into the game, which is at least 6.1 frames. This season they added some fresher pitchers, and cut Kimbrel’s workload. Why does that matter? Kimbrel had a 4.76 September ERA with 3 blown saves in 8 chances. Can he avoid another final month without being gassed or hitting a mental wall? Is Joe Nathan going to remain healthy after 2 years removed from greatness, entering 2012? Can Chapman duplicate his success until the end of 2013? The yardstick for a bona fide closer is a 90% save ratio.

 

AL CLOSERS: 

TEAM
CLOSER
TEAM
CLOSER
TEAM
CLOSER
Yankees Rafael SorianoTigersJose ValverdeHalos*Scott Downs
Red SoxAlfredo AcevesTwins*Glen Perkins HalosErnesto Frieri
RaysFernando RodneyWhite SoxAddison ReedRangersJoe Nathan
Blue JaysCasey Janssen IndiansChris PerezMarinersTom Wilhelmsen
Orioles Jim JohnsonRoyalsGreg Holland A'sRyan Cook

 

* Southpaw

 

The Vanimal Reaches Back For A Little Extra On August 17 In Milwaukee

 
PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 
Vance Worley:

 

He has struggled recently, going 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in his last 6 appearances.  He is 2-4 with a 5.20 home ERA, which is 2.02 lower on the road.  Overall, he has lasted 6.2 innings plus in 6 of 21 attempts with 7 monstrosities.

 

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

 

Bronson Arroyo Unloads His Pitch At Home On August 17 Against The Cubs

 

 

 

Bronson Arroyo:

 

He has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 13 of 24 showings with 5 clunkers.  He is 6-5 with a 3.60 away ERA, which is 0.83 lower on the road.

 

 

 

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
Over The TopExcellent
3-Quarter SidearmGood
SidearmAbove Average
Short Arm Approximately Average
SubmarineBelow 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

 

HURLER
B.J. Rosenberg
Gio Gonzalez
NUMBERA FiveA Two
CLUB SLOTFiveOne
FOR 20121st StartOver The Top
'12 RANKING-- of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories
LAST START1st StartChangeup
LAST HIGH OR LOW-- of 15 Categories8th of 15 Categories

 

 

 
PITCH
INN
ER - R- H
 
PITCH
INN
ER
1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64
2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53
3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity
4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster
5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected
6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+
7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured
8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

 

 

STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



CLIFF LEE

CLIFF'S LINE: 6 INN, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K & 109 DARTS

 

 

ACE
W - L
ERA
INN+
CONV
CG - SO
BAD
INN
ER
BB - IBB
SO
Total34 - 233.486.159 of 862 - 212582.2225114 -2557
Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312 - 203215.1073050 - 2218
Lee06 - 093.166.123 of 300 - 002211.0074028 - 0207
Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250 - 007156.1078036- 0132

 

 

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