Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Amaro’s dilemma

Will Darin Ruf be in leftfield for the Philadelphia Phillies next April?  Or will he be at Triple-A Lehigh Valley?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    7-3 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse Darin Ruf* Smoked A 3-Run Double To Take A 3-1 Lead In The 1st
During His 2 For 4 Night **
The WorkhouseAway SP* A 37-Pitch 1st Inning
Rally Tal & Cap4 Players & 3 Runs* A Single & A SB (Utley), 2 BB (Ryno & Mayberry)
& A 3-RBI Double (Ruf) In The 1st
The Big HouseVisiting 2BRobbed Mayberry Of A Bloop Hit In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsOpposing PRWas Hit By Throws To 2B (SB) & Home On A SO WP
& Broke His Belt During The Steal In The 7th
The OuthouseHP Ump** Called Ruf Out On Strikes With A 3-2 Pitch
That Wasn't Close In The 8th

 

Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events

 

SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:

GB 2nd WC:  6.0
2ND WC Pos:  4 (Tie)
Elimination No:  1

 

“Babe” Ruf Supplies A 3-Run Double In The 1st

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

Roulette For Rube:

 

As you can see above, the elimination number is down to 1, which means the Phils must go 6-0 and the Cards must finish 0-6 for a 2nd wild-card tie. That means you’ll see Chase Utley at the hot corner very shortly. If anybody can handle that transition, it would be him. Freddy Galvis would strengthen the club up the middle, but there is a hole in center. The infield is the first gamble for Rube Amaro during the off-season.

The Pinch Runner Is Hit By The Ball At Home In The 7th

The outfield bet is even more risky. Dom Brown is the starting right-fielder unless he is a total bust by the end of May. Juan Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. would be a decent platoon in left unless Ruf continues to impress. He will play winter ball and get a solid opportunity during spring training. That leads to 2 big ifs. Can he be an adequate fielder, and a solid offensive force when the league catches up with him?

Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus have had difficult last appearances, but other than that, the young relief-corps members have been very strong lately. Phillippe Aumont and Josh Lindblom have been solid most of the time. Aumont has a good shot to team up with Antonio Bastardo as a left-right combination for backend relief. The 7th seat in the bullpen could be a long man, which B.J. Rosenberg has handled remarkably well. Or Jake Diekman could be a lefty specialist, but he has only improved slightly in September.

 

Series 2: 

TEAM
W - L
GMS
VERSUS
Cardinals2 - 13@ 'Stros
Brewers1 - 23@ Reds
Dodgers2 - 13@ Pads
D-Backs1 - 23@ Giants

 

 

The Pinch Runner Is Hit By The Ball At 2B In The 7th

 

Amaro has said his first piece of business is a veteran for the ‘pen, which would be a better option than Rosenberg or Diekman. There are a handful of experienced late-inning arms on the market, like Mike Adams. The other FA acquisition would be in centerfield for a right-handed power bat, like Torii Hunter or B.J. Upton. Amaro may have to roll the dice in the infield with 3B Utley and 2B Galvis. And he could do the same with Ruf in left, even if he signs a free agent for centerfield. It will be an interesting winter and spring for Phillies fans.

 

2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAM
W-L (8/31)
W - L
GB
W-L (SEPT)
Cardinals71 - 6184 - 72-----13 - 11
Dodgers70 - 6381 - 753.011 - 12
Brewers63 - 6880 - 764.017 - 08
Phillies63 - 6978 - 786.015 - 09
D-Backs66 - 6778 - 786.012 - 11

 

 

The General Discharges A Bullet In The 2nd Of 8 Solid Innings At The Bank On September 23 Against The Braves

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 6-3 with a 2.40 ERA since July 4.  During those 15 performances, his line is:  108.2 total, 107 hits, 34 runs (29 earned), 9 walks and 106 punch outs.  He has faced the Fish in both venues (1 each) with this log:  1-1, a 4.63 ERA, 11.2 frames, 14 hits, 7 runs (6 earned), 3 passed and 9 fanned.

 

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

 

Mark Buehrle Dials Up A 2-Seam Fastball During The 5th Inning On September 22 In Queens

 

 

Mark Buehrle:

 

He is 8-6 with a 3.29 home ERA, which is 1.16 lower in Miami.  He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 17 of 30 efforts with 5 clunkers.  Against the Phils for 4 outings at both parks (2 each), his ledger reads:  2-2, a 3.91 ERA, 25.1 frames, 31 hits, 11 all-earned runs, 2 BB and 14 whiffs. However, during the 2 Florida games, he was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

 

 

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
Cliff Lee
Edwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
CLUB SLOTThreeThree
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th of 15 Categories

 

 

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

 

 
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

 

 

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