Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Hired guns, friends and foes

Beyond the centerfield gate, there is youth, inexperience and Jonathan Papelbon for the Philadelphia Phillies.  What role has he played in their growth?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    2-1 Outcome

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J-Roll Ties The Game At 1 In The 8th With An RBI Single








The March Battle:


Recently, the green hurlers in the ‘pen have been, for the most part, successful.  A few reasons are MLB coaching and the other pitchers’ tips, while watching the aces work didn’t hurt anything either.  However, it may be Cinco Ocho who has had the biggest influence on them.  He strongly desired the postseason, but he needed them to secure the outs from the starter until the 9th.  The turnaround in the relief corps was a very pleasant surprise, but something happened for that emergence.  Was it Papelbon?

Ty Wigginton Is Caught At 3rd To End The 2nd


I have isolated their recent performances in the table below, and each one found a measure of success.  The first five filled frames from the 6th to the 8th, B.J. Rosenberg was a fit for the long-man slot, and Jake Diekman was best as a lefty specialist.  Plus, Michael Schwimer was solid before he had health issues.  There are also 2 relievers who will return in the spring: Mike Stutes and David Herndon.  Stutes was outstanding for his first 2 months, but was 50-50 after the league caught up with him.  Herndon was streaky with good and bad appearances, which put his overall numbers in the middle.

There are 7 chairs in the bullpen with 5 still open. Paps and Antonio Bastardo are locked in. A veteran free agent would take one of those seats. There are 10 hurlers for those remaining 4 spots. At this point, Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst, Josh Lindblom and Schwimer have shown the most. It will be a very competitive camp next February.


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NOTE:  Games from a specific date are split into good, okay or bad results in the above table.



Doc Works At The Bank On September 22 Against The Braves





Doc Halladay:


This is probably a 6-inning stint to end the season on a high note for him.  He has faced the Fish three times in both venues (2 home) with this log:  2-1, a 3.98 ERA, 20.1 total, 18 hits, 9 all-earned runs, 5 passed and 16 fanned.


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Ricky Nolasco Dials Up A 4-Seam Fastball On September 23 In Queens




Ricky Nolasco:


He has worked 6.2 frames plus in 13 of 30 efforts with 8 clunkers.  Against the Phils for 2 outings at both parks (1 each), his ledger reads:  2-0, a 3.86 ERA, 14 complete, 14 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 2 BB and 11 whiffs.




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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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