Jonathan Papelbon is about to have company in the ‘pen of the Philadelphia Phillies. How many other young guns will audition for 2013?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-2 Triumph
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
The September Parade:
Also-rans learn the potential of their farm products, as they finish out the string for the 162. In Philly, it has recently been a limited exercise before serious October baseball. A Dom Brown might make the playoff 25 with his legs. This time the final regular month has a new equation for Rube Amaro and his coaches. After a 102-victory campaign, health has been the driving issue behind their sub-.500 mark.
The 8th inning has become the ultimate problem to solve for the GM and the manager. The first answer was to extend the starter beyond a reasonable exit, which resulted in last-frame blowups. The next possibility was to trust a shaky bullpen, which produced debilitating setbacks. The third solution was to split the 8th between 3 or more relievers, which works unless that strategy is foiled by extra innings. Cholley Manuel burns half of his relief corps other than Cinco Ocho for those 3 outs.
When you add Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus and Joe Savery, you have hurlers after a regulation tie. All three youngsters are on the 40-man roster, and you can expect to see them in Atlanta over the weekend. Michael Schwimer would be another wing, if his sore arm is only a minor ailment. Antonio Bastardo is a 1 to 3 out southpaw, depending on his stuff that day. Phillippe Aumont could be the right-handed half of a 3-out plan with the 1 frame or less stipulation. Even if they don’t make a miracle run, Bastardo and Aumont could free up the others for the 7th. You can anticipate the GM calling up the 3 or 4 studs, and they will be employed by the manager.
He is 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA for his last 9 efforts. Against the Nats in late July, his away line was: 7 complete, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts on 103 bullets.
He has toiled 6.1 innings or more in 9 of 25 showings with 2 clunkers. At both venues against the Phils, his ledger read: 1-1, a 3.00 ERA, 12 total, 14 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 7 free passes (1 intentional) and 3 K’s. That stated, he is 7-4 with a 1.96 road ERA, which is 1.23 lower than at home. However, he is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in his last 4 outings.
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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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16TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:
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