Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trading places

Domonic Brown had half of the hits for the Philadelphia Phillies last night during his one-man show.  How have the prior local fixtures done on the west coast?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Outcome

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Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Plays & Events



Dom Brown Crosses The Plate In The 5th After His 1st HR









After The Deadline:


The red pinstripes could not stay near .500 until their 3 stars could return to mid-season form. That meant it was time for decisions that were geared toward 2013 and its financial commitments. Cole Hamels was the obvious choice to be re-signed, while Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton were not in the monetary framework. Kentucky Joe had a ready replacement in Kyle Kendrick at around half the cost. Hunter and Vic became expendable with their struggles and expensive price tags.

Joe, Vic & Hunter Were Wondering Who These Clowns Were At Batting Practice Yesterday

Usually when a regular goes from an also-ran to a contender, they react the way Pence did last season. However, these players did not want to be swapped, because they had a desirable comfort level. The numbers indicate that the 3 dealt veterans have experienced difficulty in their new homes, and the acquired MLB-level talent hasn’t blossomed here either. In fact, the 1 stick that has benefited the most is Brown, who is now featured daily on the lineup card. Also, he has 1 of the outfield jobs for next April already.


New Uniform Stats: 

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The Vanimal Deliberately Lets The Bunt Pop Drop In The 6th

Last night’s performance by Dom in right showed a powerful and accurate arm. Plus, he looked more comfortable in right after a handful of games there. Remember, he was almost exclusively in left at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. At the plate he wasn’t just smacking balls to the opposite field after making adjustments on inside pitches. Kendrick fills Blanton’s slot, while Brown replaces Pence in right field. That leaves third base and center without increasing payroll. The only untouchable prospect is starting to make a genius of Rube Amaro.


New Uniform Stats: 

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King Cole Fires A Bullet On August 18 In Milwaukee







Cole Hamels:


He is 3-1 with a 1.38 August ERA for his last 4 outings, working at least 7 complete in every appearance.  His line for those battles is:  32.2 innings, 27 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 3 walks and 30 punch outs.


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Johnny Cueto Delivers His Pitch At Home On August 18 Against The Cubs





Johnny Cueto:


He has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 18 of 25 showings with 3 clunkers.  His 4-effort August mark is:  3-1, a 2.67 ERA, 30.1 innings, 20 hits, 9 all-earned runs, 3 BB and 29 K’s.





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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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DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

1 or 2 categories (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick UP


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