Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Traded away

Darin Ruf has caught the eye of everybody who claims the Philadelphia Phillies as their team.  But that would not have been the case without the departure of 2 regulars in the outfield.

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-2 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseB.J. Rosenberg

Darin Ruf
Escaped A Bags-Full, 1-Out Jam In The 2nd
Picked-Off A Runner At 1st To End The 4th
* Hit A Solo HR To Take A 1-0 Lead In The 4th
* Smoked An 0-2 HR, Closing The Score To 3-2 In The 8th
During His 2 For 4 Night
The Fun House Of MirrorsAllFog Game #1 For 2012
The OuthouseHP UmpA SB On A Questionable Foul Tip In The 5th
The Animal HouseDarin Ruf* A 2 HR Night

 

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

 

 

“Babe” Ruf After His 2nd Bomb In The 8th

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

Pacific Coast Time:

 

While the mood in Philly is missing the buzz of postseason action, fans can compare their 2012 to the Halos’ year. They signed Albert Pujols and cobbled together a rotation of Jered Weaver, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana. Plus, they have Mike Trout. But they finished out of the money and behind the Rangers and A’s.

Also, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton were still in the Fall Classic hunt after 160 games. Now, it’s only Pence.  However, those 3 familiar names were swapped after the Phils were without half of their best 6 players. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Doc Halladay had physical issues that caused missed time and less-than-optimum results during their readjustment. Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were healthy, while Chooch Ruiz was limited by his foot problem.

 

PLAYER
AVG.
HR
RBI
BB - IBB
SB - CS
Hunter Pence.21974519 - 101 - 0
Shane Victorino.24521518 - 015 - 2
Nate Schierholtz.25110505 - 000 - 0
Dom Brown.23552621 - 200 - 0

 

 

“Babe” Ruf After His 4th-Inning Homer

How have the former Phillies done? Kentucky Joe was on a short leash in Los Angeles, because that’s how his new manager did things. It is not strictly a reflection on him but it affected his performance. Vic recently had 3 big days to raise his average from .229, and now he is near his normal-for-2012 mark. Hunter’s tour is broken into 3 sections and this is the lowest. He was swinging for the fences without Howard and Utley before returning to his .300 hitting when they came back. Then, he was shipped to the Giants.

In my last article, I mentioned that a championship core draws stars to a franchise. But the opposite is true when the unthinkable 162 happens, like this one. There was no celebration by Pence, Victorino and Blanton when they arrived in California. Their stats suffered also. They would not have been here in 2013, because their incomes would have put the locals over the competitive-balance threshold of $178M. However, it does say something about the red pinstripes, which is an organization that gets the potential out of their personnel.

 

PITCHER
W - L
ERA
INN - H
R - ER
BB - IBB -S0
Joe Blanton2 - 44.9957.2 - 6632 - 3216 - 3 - 51
Josh Lindblom1 - 34.6323.1 - 1915 - 1217 - 2 - 27

 

 

Cliff Lee Dials Up The Heat On September 28 In Miami

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 6-3 with a 2.33 ERA since July 4.  During those 16 efforts, his line is:  115.2 total, 110 hits, 35 runs (30 earned), 9 walks and 111 punch outs.  He has faced the Nats in both venues (1 each) with this log:  2-0, a 0.64 ERA, 14 complete, 12 hits, 1 run (earned), 1 passed and 12 fanned.

 

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

 

 

Edwin Jackson Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball On September 28 In St. Louis

Edwin Jackson:

 

This will probably be a tune-up appearance, which mean 5 innings or less.  He is 5-6 with a 3.50 home ERA, which is 1.28 lower in Washington.  He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 14 of 30 attempts with 11 clunkers.  Against the Phils for 3 outings at both parks (2 away), his ledger reads:  0-3, a 4.34 ERA, 18.2 innings, 22 hits, 9 all-earned runs, 9 BB (1 intentional) and 18 whiffs.

 

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

 

 

Baseball-Fix Monday Schedule:

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