Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14
There is a big difference between Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies and the next phenom at Double-A Reading. It is not, however, the level of talent. TAL’S HANDY CAPS:  POLL WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: This is my 12th poll and I will hone them over time, like my other postings. 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   Hamels Hurls a 1st-inning Dart on April 13 in Miami.   AGREE OR DISAGREE:         The Other Side of the Ball: The ability to repeat mechanics is crucial for a long career in the majors. In Reading, the young guns hit their target 40% of the time, while 70% is the result needed for the parent club. Nowhere is this more evident than with Phillippe Aumont, because this is the hurdle he must clear for longevity in Philly. Against the Reds on Wednesday, he got ahead of 2 hitters with 0-2 counts but he could not throw a borderline ball. His problem is making pitches that just miss enough to fool the batter. Revere Records the Final 6th-inning Out on April 15 in Cincinnati. There are 4 categories on the field to consider:  They are the 5-man staff, the endgame studs, middle relief and defense. After miscues aplenty in March, the gloves are, so far, 11th out of 30 teams. On the left side of the diamond, Michael Young and Dom Brown have not been liabilities. In center Ben Revere has been mostly spectacular, while Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have performed up to expectations. Most organizations are in trouble if the starter leaves the contest early, and the Phils are no exception to that rule with only 7 good outings out of 15 middle-relief attempts. Chad Durbin has 3 good appearances consecutively since his first 2 clunkers, Jeremy Horst has struggled in half of his 6 chances, and Raul Valdes has only 1 good showing so far. However, there are reasons to anticipate some reliability in this area. Horst (1.15 ERA), Durbin (3.10 ERA) and Valdes (2.90 ERA) were fairly successful in these roles last year. Papelbon Dials up a 4-seam Fastball during the 9th on April 14 in Miami. Jonathan Papelbon is 1 of the top 3 closers in baseball, and Mike Adams is the premier 8th-inning setup man. Antonio Bastardo is decent when he is on top of his game, but will he falter after he hits a rough patch? Aumont has the makeup of a hammer and has devastating stuff, albeit with command difficulties. He will stumble here and there but he will mostly shine. The rotation is very solid when you go by the slotting. Cole Hamels and Lee are a solid 1-2 punch that compares to any in either league. Roy Halladay is more efficient than most threes, and it would not be a surprise to see him at or near the level of Lee. Kyle Kendrick has the ability to produce numbers like a 3, and John Lannan was better than most thought before his injury. When there are more pluses than minuses, the good outweighs the bad.   Lee Loads a 1st-inning Bullet on April 15 in Cincinnati. Do you agree or disagree? Mostly or completely? Take Our Poll     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 poll (The Lumber Appraisal) and most recent storyline (The 7th Inning) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.  I will periodically publish the 2013 ERA for the NL East and the MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS Email Notifications TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: This side of the ball (The Lumber Appraisal) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Phil the Phillie (The 7th Inning) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 13 Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 11 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)
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