Does Darin Ruf alter the plans for the Philadelphia Phillies in the off-season? Or can he add to the offensive power from the right side?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-1 Triumph
|The Crystal Champagne Toast||Chooch Ruiz||Five-Star Performance|
|The Penthouse||Chase Utley|
|* Hit A Sac-Fly RBI For A 1-0 Advantage In The 1st
* Smacked An RBI Double To Take A 1st-Inning Lead Of 2-0
During His 3 For 4 Day
* Produced An RBI Single, Increasing The 1st-Inning
Score To 3-0 During His 2 For 4 Afternoon
Escaped Runner-At-3rd 1-Out Jams In The 5th & The 6th
Fired 7 Solid 5-Hit Innings
|The Fun House Of Mirrors||Juan Pierre|
|* Avoided A Hand Tag At 2nd In The 1st
* Escaped A Line-Drive DP During The 1st
|Rally Tal & Cap||5 Players & 3 Runs||* A BB (J-Roll), A Single (Pierre), A Sac-Fly RBI (Utley), An
RBI Double (Chooch) & An RBI Hit (Schierholtz) In The 1st
|The Workhouse||Home SP||* A 37-Pitch 1st Inning|
|The Animal House||Cole Hamels||Punched Out The 1st 3 Batters In The 1st|
|The Leather Warehouse||2 Starters||A Runner Gunned Down At Home By Brown (Throw)
& Chooch (Plate Dive & Tag) In The 4th
|The Kangaroo Court House||Cole Hamels||Had Throwing Errors In The 4th & The 6th|
|The Outhouse||3B Ump||Missed The Tag On The Over-Slide SB In The 6th|
Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
Fielding A Free Agent Bat:
Parity means limitations on all franchises, even the Yankees. It hinders the rich from poaching the poor’s talent. It also keeps salaries from exploding for the most part, because organizations, like the Phillies, are limited in their spending. Rube Amaro re-signs Cole Hamels to keep one of his best arms, which means that Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino cannot fit under the competitive-balance threshold. The table below indicates that Amaro has allotted $163.5M of the $178M for the 2013 budget. That equals $14.5M available, which is approximately the amount that Pence will be paid next year.
If the GM inks players in centerfield and for 8th-frame set-up, he will deduct 2 contracts from the $163.5M. The bullpen slot is the $500K minimum and the outfield spot is at most $1.45M. In other words, that means $16.5M is the 2-position limit. Therefore, you can forget Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourne. Scott Boras represents Bourne and will move too slowly for Rube, who prefers to do acquisition business before January.
$178M Maximum Before The Luxury Tax:The last review of this table was on 5/17.
|$72.14M||Core Four||Rollins, Utley, Howard & Hamels|
|$56.50M||Aces & Closer||Halladay, Lee & Papelbon|
|$06.25M||2 Starters||Kendrick & Lannan|
|$12.75M||5 Regulars||C Ruiz, 3B M. Young, CF Revere,
RF D. Young & LF Brown
|$03.70M||5 Bench Spots||Mayberry, Nix, Kratz, Frandsen & Galvis|
|$10.00M||6 Bullpen Seats||Adams, Bastardo, Durbin, Horst, Aumont & Valdes|
|$10.75M||Set Aside||$5M (Trading Deadline), $3M (Achieved Incentives,
Replacements & Injury Replacements), $1.3M (Lannan's
Incentives) & $1.45M (D. Young's Incentives)
|$00.00M||Replacements||C Quintero & OF Carrera (See above for both.)|
|$02.00M||Buyouts||Polanco, Contreras & Wigginton|
|$173.59M||TOTAL||25 Roster Spots|
Melky Cabrera will find a cheap deal with an also-ran, because he has to recover from his drug-test suspension. Victorino is hitting .229 with 2 HR, 15 RBI, 18 BB, 14 SB and 2 CS for the Dodgers. B.J. Upton is a centerfielder who will want more than the Phils or Rays will offer, but he might have to take less. CF Torii Hunter will command $10M per over 2 campaigns, and that is due to his age. A veteran reliever will run $4-5M, which means $10M for a right-handed power bat in center. Rube only has a surplus of young ’pen studs to complete a swap, and will finalize FA decisions before spring training, which makes Ruf a long shot.
PLAYER & AGE
BB - IBB
SB - CS
|LH Josh Hamilton, 31||$13.75M||.285||43||128||60 - 13||07 - 04|
|LH Michael Bourne, 30||$6.845M||.274||09||057||70 - 01||42 - 13|
|RH Torii Hunter, 37||$18.00M||.313||16||092||38 - 01||09 - 01|
|RH B.J. Upton, 28||$07.00M||.246||28||078||45 - 00||31 - 06|
|SH Shane Victorino, 32||$09.50M||.255||11||055||53 - 01||39 - 06|
|SH Melky Cabrera, 28||$06.00M||.346||11||060||36 - 04||13 - 05|
He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 24 efforts with 8 debacles. Against the Nats for 4 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads: 1-2, a 3.92 ERA, 20.2 frames, 21 hits, 10 runs (9 earned), 8 free passes and 10 whiffs.
DAY & TIME
|3||LHP Cliff Lee||06-08, 3.12 ERA||@ Nats||RHP Edwin Jackson||09-11, 4.13 ERA||Wednesday, Day|
He is 2-0 with a 5.94 home ERA, which is 4.30 lower on the road. He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 5 opportunities with 1 clunker. He faced the Phils last Wednesday with this line: 5.1 frames, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts on 82 tosses.
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 Five||A Five|
|FOR 2012||Sidearm||Short Arm|
|'12 RANKING||3rd of 5 Categories||4th of 5 Categories|
|LAST START||Eephus Pitch||Slurve ***|
|LAST HIGH OR LOW||13th of 15 Categories||9th 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|
COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 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|
22TH AND FINAL RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN FOR 2012:
|ACE||W - L||ERA||INN+||CONV||CG||SO||BAD||INN||H||R||ER||BB||IBB||SO|
|Total||2 - 0||2.84||6.1+||2 of 3||0||0||1||19.0||14||6||6||4||0||20|
|Halladay||1 - 0||7.20||6.1+||0 of 1||0||0||1||05.0||06||4||4||3||0||07|
|Lee||0 - 0||1.29||7.0+||1 of 1||0||0||0||07.0||03||1||1||0||0||05|
|Hamels||1 - 0||1.29||7.0+||1 of 1||0||0||0||07.0||05||1||1||1||0||08|
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