Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
There are only a few number ones in the majors like Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. What west coast hurlers are his equal? TAL’S HANDY STATS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the MLB 5 periodically. The number of games played by the Phillies is in the headline at the end. If you’re interested in checking out something different, my storyline articles–by design–represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Please go to my author archives or the Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you. Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Phil the Phillie The new summer schedule will allow me to publish the best 3 storylines each week, but there will be an updated calendar included with each feature:  These posts involve commentary, polls and stats for the upcoming 7 days. Post time is 5 to 9 pm for the days listed below. April 19 to April 27 A wild-card feature will be published at times. Any schedule changes and holdups will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. BASEBALL FIX SCHEDULEFORMATTIMEFRAMEPUBLISHING StorylineNitecap InsightMon. & Thur. Twice a Week Story-pollComplimentary Piece April 27 Once a Week MLB 5 at Game 16 NL East at Game 20Tal's Handy Stats (ERA)April 19 Tues.Twice a Week   Kuroda Loads up a Heater during the 1st at Home on April 14 against the Orioles.   Top Performance: Hiroki Kuroda     Reasoning for the Stats: These numbers are a glimpse over the pitching coach’s shoulder, because they warn of difficulty ahead. The rule of thumb is that the bullpen load should be no more than 33.3%, which is a 6-complete average per start. That is why going a distance into the game is 6.1 frames or more, which is 70.4%. The added detail of 1 out per contest is 54 innings over the long summer’s course. This also shows the studs that give the relievers a well deserved night off, but there is a rust factor due to lack of back-end chances. Note:  All old ERA tables are automatically updated. Complimentary piece:  Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: On the radar   Top Performances: This table includes the stats through 4/18 with daily updates. There were no top performers on missing days. APR - DAYHURLER#CLUBINN.HR - ERSO 14 - Sun.Hiroki Kuroda 2NYY9.050 - 05 15 - Mon.Cliff Lee 2PHL7.052 - 24 16 - Tues.Josh Johnson 2TOR7.042 - 28 17 - Wed.C.C. Sabathia1NYY8.063 - 36 18 - Thur.Phil Hughes4NYY7.062 - 26   Keys: ABRVS.DEFINITION ABRVS.DEFINITION Conv.Converted Start of 6.1 Innings or moreLastLast Conversion ArmsNumber Achieving 6.1 Innings or more#1 to 5 Slot on their Team   Starting & Relief Pitching: This table includes the stats through 4/18. CLUBSP INNSP ERSP ERASP PERRP PERRP INNRP ERRP ERA Phillies96.0514.7868.9%31.1%43.1244.98 Dodgers92.0302.9369.5%30.5%40.1184.02 Blue Jays85.0525.5159.3%40.7%58.1243.70 Giants94.0535.0766.7%33.3%47.0173.26 Yankees82.1313.3964.8%35.2%44.2234.63   Total Pitching & Starts of 6.1 Innings or more: This table includes the stats through 4/18. CLUBINNERERAARMSCONVGMSPER Phillies139.1754.855071643.8% Dodgers132.1483.274071546.7% Blue Jays143.1764.773031618.8% Giants141.0704.474061637.5% Yankees127.0543.834071450.0%   The Horsemen: This table includes the stats through 4/18 with daily updates. ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG - SOBADINNERBB - IBBSO Total3 - 44.887.05 of 100 - 0462.23418 - 052 Hamels0 - 26.467.01 of 040 - 0223.21710 - 020 Lee2 - 01.527.03 of 030 - 0023.20401 - 018 Halladay1 - 27.638.01 of 030 - 0215.11307 - 014   Starters with Outings of 6.1 Innings or more: Top listing for a same-day tie is best last performance. This table includes the stats through 4/18 with daily updates. The entries button opens additional listings. NO.CLUB & #HURLERCONV.LASTUPDATE 01LAD - 1Clayton Kershaw03 of 044/12 01PHL - 2Cliff Lee03 of 034/15 01NYY - 1C.C.Sabathia03 of 044/17 04LAD - 3Hyun-Jin Ryu02 of 034/07 04NYY - 3Andy Pettitte02 of 024/09 04SFG - 5Barry Zito02 of 034/10 04SFG - 2Madison Bumgarner02 of 034/13 08LAD - 2Zack Greinke01 of 024/05DL'ed 4/12 08PHL - 5John Lannan01 of 034/06DL'ed 4/18 08SFG - 1Matt Cain01 of 044/12 08TOR - 1R.A. Dickey01 of 044/13 08NYY - 2Hiroki Kuroda01 of 034/14 08LAD - 1Josh Beckett01 of 034/14 08PHL - 3Roy Halladay01 of 034/14 08TOR - 3Mark Buehrle01 of 034/15 08TOR - 2Josh Johnson01 of 034/16 08SFG - 4Ryan Vogelsong01 of 034/17 08NYY - 4Phil Hughes01 of 034/18 08PHL - 1Cole Hamels01 of 044/18   Phillies e-mail notification: Email Notifications   LINK-UP BELOW: A link for Phillies e-mail notification is provided above and below. Any holdups that may occur will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. Check out  my last storyline (The 7th Inning) and my last poll (The Other Side of the Ball) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS Email Notifications TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Phil the Phillie (The 7th Inning) Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: On the black (The Other Side of the Ball) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 13 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)

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