Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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Roy Halladay is poised to rebound after an injury-plagued 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies. Does he get beer-leagued or crowned? How about a pass? How did the other number ones fare in your humble opinion? TAL’S HANDY CAPS:  POLL   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: This is the first of a new feature, which will be honed over time, like my other postings. If you’re interested in checking out something different, my weekly storyline articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you.   King Cole Dials Up Some Gas On September 30 In Miami With 1B “Babe” Ruf Behind Him           The Royalty On The Hill:   When April began, the front five were:  Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum and Felix Hernandez in that exact order. Keep in mind, my system is not based on only one 162 to determine the ranking. A horse has to achieve at least 2 straight stellar campaigns for the upper shelf. For 2013, the Freak will be dropped but there are 4 new members at the peak:  Justin Verlander, Matt Cain, Clayton Kershaw and Jered Weaver. The Doctor pitched through health difficulties for most of the summer, but can only continue as the best with regained dominance. King Cole is right behind him and ready to leapfrog over him. The General had a hard-luck first half that led to a rough patch, which resulted in a heavy mental burden. I experienced something similar with my writing, which caused a slight decline in effort. Lee bounced back with a 5-4 record and a 2.45 ERA after the break. King Felix lowered his ERA by 0.41, which pushed him up to third place. However, Lincecum–who thrived during 2011 by employing a changeup after a loss of fastball velocity–survived on his reputation.  Hitters realized he was mortal last year and by October, he was in the bullpen. How have the two other red pinstripes fared recently? Hamels was 5th (2011), 3rd (2012) and now 2nd (2013). Cliff was 4th (2011), 2nd (2012) and 4th again (2013). I mention that because the additions will be 5th to 8th:  Cain (5), Kershaw (6), Weaver (7) and Verlander (8). However, your selection is not based on my order or their inclusion in this group. The poll lists the 5 frontline stars and the 4 added hurlers with my appraisal. I came up with 7 studs, 1 suds and 1 pass. If you agree with my opinion, check those specific boxes.   CONV =  Converted Start Of 6.1 Innings Or More INN+ = Minimum Innings For Conversion Number BAD = Clunker   Elite Number Ones: NUMBER ONEW - LERAINN+CONVCGSOBAD Doc Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250007 Cliff Lee06 - 093.166.123 of 300002 Cole Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312203 Tim Lincecum10 - 155.186.111 of 330015 Felix Hernandez13 - 093.066.125 of 335509 Justin Verlander17 - 082.646.122 of 336104 Matt Cain16 - 052.796.123 of 322204 Clayton Kershaw14 - 092.536.123 of 332203 Jered Weaver20 - 052.816.120 of 303203     The Apocalyptic Horsemen   The Freak Loads Up During The 6th Of WS Game 3 On October 27 In Detroit   STUD = An Elite Number One For 2013 SUDS = A Beer-League Year PASS = A Fluke Season   King Felix Cranks Up A 4-Seam Fastball At Home On October 1 Against The Halos Take Our Poll       LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. There are 4 storylines for 2013.  Check out my recent publication (Retooling In Progress) and the 121 storylines for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I alternated the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS   TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Amaro’s new course Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at final game 162 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at final game 162  
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