Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA possibilities

The empty hot corner will probably belong to someone other than Chase Utley for the Philadelphia Phillies in April. Who would be better than Freddy Galvis?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    9-5 Triumph

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance
The PenthousePete Orr

Chase Utley

Dom Brown
Chooch Ruiz
* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening
The WorkhouseHome SP* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning
The Leather Warehouse1B Darin RufMade A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsHome RF

The Defense
Takes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th
House CallRyan Howard
Tyler Cloyd
Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm

 

Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event

 

 

Jimmy & Chase Score Consecutive Runs In The 7th

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

The Icy Corner:

 

Many fans in every MLB city are under the mistaken belief that free agents (plural) are always available to fill any roster spot. They also are unaware that parity has arrived even for the Yankees, because the new CBA is unfriendly to those who exceed the competitive-balance-tax threshold. That translates into organizations re-signing their home-grown talent, like Cole Hamels. Franchises retain their best players and drop the others.

The SO WP DP At Home In The 8th

 

Contracts have also been more prophylactic. As you can see in the table below, there isn’t much to be had at third base. Most intriguing is that 2 of them have options for 2013. Polly Polanco has a $5.5M mutual one and Kevin Youkilis has a $13M club type. There are also 2 third sackers with team options:  David Wright has one for $16M and Mark Reynolds has the other at $11M. The Mets will hold onto Wright, if for no other reason than to deal him by next July 31. Reynolds swings for the fences during every at-bat and is not a good fit here.

Scott Rolen and Polanco are both extreme health risks.  Youkilis will probably not be available, but Rube Amaro is more likely to make a trade than go in that direction.  The best choice at third base is probably Galvis.  At least in centerfield, Rube will have something to pick from, but that position isn’t overflowing either.  If the brain trust was open to Utley at 3rd, they should have no problem with Freddy on that corner either.

 

Potential Free Agents:

PLAYER & AGE
2012 $
GMS
AVG.
HR
RBI
BB - IBB
Kevin Youkilis, 33 $12.50M120.235196051 - 2
Scott Rolen, 37$06.50M089.243073830 - 0
Polly Polanco, 37$06.25M090.257021918 - 1

 

 

Cole Dials Up A Cutter In The 3rd At The Bank On September 25 Against The Nats

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

After struggling to get wins during the last few years, he goes into this game with almost half of the 33 aces’ victories.  He has faced the Fish four times in both venues (2 each) with this log:  1-3, a 3.54 ERA, 28 total, 29 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 8 walks (2 intentional) and 27 punch outs.

 

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

 

Nate Eovaldi Delivers His Pitch On September 25 In Atlanta

 

 

 

Nate Eovaldi:

 

For Miami, he is 3-6 and has a 4.42 ERA, going 6.2 innings or more in 3 of 11 opportunities with 3 debacles.  Overall, he has worked 6.2 frames plus in 4 of 21 efforts with 6 clunkers.  Against the Phils for 3 outings at 3 different parks (1 in Los Angeles), his ledger reads:  0-3, a 6.43 ERA, 14 complete, 22 hits, 11 runs (10 earned), 7 free passes and 8 strikeouts.

 

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
Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
NUMBERA OneA Five
CLUB SLOTTwoFour
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th 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



DOC HALLADAY

DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 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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