Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/1/12

Roy Halladay and the aces of the Philadelphia Phillies are living up to their billing, but not all other hyped staffs are. The experts say pitching continues to be the dominant force, but are they relying on easy numbers? Is it worth watching a national baseball broadcast to hear surface-oriented information? Facts are like an iceberg: Most of it is below the visible line.

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NOTE:

The Fox Sports feed has dogged me on this article, and I apologize to anyone who has read this recently. Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom can connect you to Cap-Size Hindsight, Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats and Precap Pitch.

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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.

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Unconventional Smarts:

Logic dictates that the national voices are the most knowledgeable, but I’ve heard things about my club that I know to be different. Time has provided me with certain conclusions. When you spread yourself over multiple sports or teams, you have holes in your analysis. One-size-fits-all statistics are one way to compensate for breakdown depth. Age and recent performance is another dissection tool with short research.

Because there are just so many working hours daily, I follow only the red pinstripes and the rest of the majors with the leftover minutes. My ERA stats provide me with information on the division and the other top MLB rotations. The only number employed by the experts to determine that pitching is superior is the trending combined ERA for all 30 franchises. This glosses over the individual statistics for 6 of the top 12 staffs, and I cover 8 in my MLB 5 plus the NL East. That means I’m watching 8 squads very closely.

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These ERA results indicate that somebody is hitting: Atlanta (3.94), Milwaukee (5.12), the Halos (3.97), the Yankees (4.33), Boston (5.54) and Tampa Bay (4.03). New York entered 2012 with 7 starters and now are banking on Andy Pettitte’s return. Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes have been torched, while Michael Pineda is shutdown with shoulder issues that began immediately in camp due to velocity loss. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves has been demoted to Triple-A, and there are other examples under the radar.

Juan Pierre is the best illustration that not every age-34+ player is shot. He created a good problem for the Dodgers in 2009 with Manny Ramirez out a good chunk of weeks. He hit .308 for 380 at-bats, and they were forced to take him out of the lineup, when the authorities had previously said he was definitely not a regular. Athletes are not chess pawns. They have ambition, opportunity, personality, competitiveness, pride, heart and a host of other human attributes. That’s why Pierre is averaging .318, and Cholley Manuel will find a place for him in the order.

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Check out my previous publication (The Queue), and the 39 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.  The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent review listed below.

Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked the Phillies page, because feeds are erratic at times.

TAL'S HANDY LINKS

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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: under the radar (Precap Pitch & Cap-Size Hindsight)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: pecking order

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: unconventional smarts (1st publication & Horsemen stats)

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Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 23

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 22

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