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There are only a few elite aces in the majors like Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. What west coast hurlers are in that group? 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: Designing tomorrow’s red pinstripes   The new summer schedule will allow me to publish the best 2-3 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 mostly 5 to 9 pm for the days listed below. May 24 to June 1 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 InsightFri. & Mon.2-3 Times per Week Story-pollSuds or StudsSun.Once a Week NL East at Game 52 MLB 5 at Game 56Tal's Handy Stats (ERA)Tues. June 1Twice a Week   Lee Loads up a 9th-Inning Bullet on May 22 in Miami.   Top Performance: Cliff Lee     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.   Top Performances: This table includes stats through 5/22 with daily updates. There were no top performers on missing days. MAY - DAYHURLER#CLUBINN.HR - ERSO 11 - Sat.Cliff Lee 2PHL7.060 - 003 12 - Sun.Tim Lincecum 3SF7.020 - 007 13 - Mon.David Phelps 5NYY6.241 - 107 14 - Tues.Clayton Kershaw 1LAD8.250 - 011 15 - Wed.Ramon Ortiz 5TOR7.061 - 101 17 - Fri.Hiroki Kuroda 2NYY8.020 - 005 18 - Sat.Chris Capuano 5LAD7.151 - 105 19 - Sun.Jonathan Pettibone 5PHL7.072 - 104 20 - Mon.Clayton Kershaw 1LAD9.031 - 105 21 - Tues.Matt Cain1SF7.042 - 207 22 - Wed.Cliff Lee2PHL9.030 - 005   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 Update Status ChangeUpdate 2Previous Completed Status IRInjury ReplacementRRetroactive DL Date FSFill-in StarterCSCall-up Start   Starting & Relief Pitching: This table includes stats through 5/22. CLUBSP INNSP ERSP ERASP PERRP PERRP INNRP ERRP ERA Phillies294.11293.9471.3%28.7%118.2614.63 Dodgers262.11033.5366.4%33.6%132.2654.41 Blue Jays247.11465.3160.4%39.6%162.1693.83 Giants279.11444.6466.1%33.9%143.0442.77 Yankees270.01133.7765.5%34.5%142.0513.23   Total Pitching & Starts of 6.1 Innings or more: This table includes stats through 5/22. CLUBINNERERAARMSCONVGMSPER Phillies413.01904.147244751.1% Dodgers395.01683.836174537.8% Blue Jays409.22154.725124626.1% Giants422.11884.015204742.6% Yankees412.01643.585214645.7%   The Horsemen: This table includes stats through 5/22 with daily updates. ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG - SOBADINNERBB - IBBSO Total8 - 134.467.013 of 272 - 18169.28453 - 1147 Hamels1 - 074.457.003 of 100 - 03062.23123 - 1057 Lee5 - 022.487.008 of 101 - 11072.22013 - 0055 Halladay2 - 048.657.002 of 071 - 04034.13317 - 0035   Starters with Outings of 6.1 Innings or more: Top listing for a same-day tie is best last performance. This table includes stats through 5/22 with daily updates. The entries button opens additional listings. NO.TM - #HURLERCONV.LASTUPDATE UPDATE 2 01LAD - 1Clayton Kershaw08 of 105/20 01PHL - 2Cliff Lee08 of 105/22 03NYY - 1C.C.Sabathia07 of 105/20 04NYY - 2Hiroki Kuroda06 of 105/17 04SFG - 2Madison Bumgarner06 of 105/22 06PHL - 4Kyle Kendrick05 of 095/12 06SFG - 1Matt Cain05 of 105/21 06LAD - 3Hyun-Jin Ryu05 of 105/22 06TOR - 3Mark Buehrle05 of 105/22 10SFG - 5Barry Zito04 of 095/08 10NYY - 3Andy Pettitte04 of 085/11DL'ed 5/17 10SFG - 3Tim Lincecum04 of 095/12 13NYY - 4Phil Hughes03 of 095/04 13PHL - 1Cole Hamels03 of 105/04 13PHL - 5Jonathan Pettibone03 of 06 IR5/19 13TOR - 1R.A. Dickey03 of 095/20 17PHL - 3Roy Halladay02 of 074/19DL'ed 5/6 17SFG - 4Ryan Vogelsong02 of 094/22DL'ed 5/21 17TOR - 4Brandon Morrow02 of 085/05 17LAD - 5Chris Capuano02 of 04 5/18 17NYY - 5David Phelps02 of 04 IR5/18 17PHL - 5Tyler Cloyd02 of 02 CS5/21AAA 5/11-20 23LAD - 2Zack Greinke01 of 044/05DL 4/12-5/14 23PHL - 5John Lannan01 of 034/06DL'ed 4/18 23LAD - 1Josh Beckett01 of 084/14DL'ed 5/14 R 23TOR - 2Josh Johnson01 of 044/16DL'ed 4/29 R 23LAD - 5Matt Magill01 of 04 FS4/27AAA'ed 5/20 23TOR - 1R.A. Dickey01 of 084/28 23TOR - 5Ramon Ortiz01 of 03 IR5/15   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 Baby Phillies) and my last poll (The Early Returns) 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: Designing tomorrow’s red pinstripes (The Baby Phillies) Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: Suds or studs, trades and decisions (The Early Returns) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 41 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)
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