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
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Chase Utley||Four-Star Performance
|The Penthouse||Pete Orr|
|* 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 Workhouse||Home SP||* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning|
|The Leather Warehouse||1B Darin Ruf||Made A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th
|The Fun House Of Mirrors||Home RF|
|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 Call||Ryan Howard|
|Season-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm
Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
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.
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
BB - IBB
|Kevin Youkilis, 33||$12.50M||120||.235||19||60||51 - 2|
|Scott Rolen, 37||$06.50M||089||.243||07||38||30 - 0|
|Polly Polanco, 37||$06.25M||090||.257||02||19||18 - 1|
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.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
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 Top||Excellent|
|Short Arm||Approximately 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
|NUMBER||A One||A Five|
|FOR 2012||3-Quarter Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||2nd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||11th of 15 Categories||7th of 15 Categories|
ER - R- H
|1||Gyroball||9 (CG)||0 - 0 - 3||10||Screwball||6||4|
|2||Fastball||9 (CG)||0 - 0||11||Knuckleball||5||3|
|3||Cutter||9 (CG)||3||12||Forkball||0 - 4.2||Monstrosity|
|4||Split Finger||7||2||13||Eephus Pitch||0 - 2.2||Disaster|
|9||Slurve||5||2||*Knuckle Curve||Pitch Count|
|** = Suspended||* = A 2nd Pitch Also|
DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 DARTS
W - L
CG - SO
BB - IBB
|Total||34 - 23||3.48||6.1||59 of 86||2 - 2||12||582.2||225||114 -2||557|
|Hamels||17 - 06||3.05||6.2||21 of 31||2 - 2||03||215.1||073||050 - 2||218|
|Lee||06 - 09||3.16||6.1||23 of 30||0 - 0||02||211.0||074||028 - 0||207|
|Halladay||11 - 08||4.49||7.0||15 of 25||0 - 0||07||156.1||078||036- 0||132|
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