Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/28/13

When they found a salary-dump opportunity for an immediate requirement, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Michael Young to plug 1 of 5 openings. Has the brain trust solved this problem for 2013? TAL’S HANDY CAPS:  POLL WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: This is my 13th 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: Young gun discovery 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 29 to May 5 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.2-3 Times per Week Story-pollSuds or StudsMay 5Once a Week NL East at Game 27 MLB 5 at Game 30Tal's Handy Stats (ERA)Wed. Sat.Twice a Week Monday’s review will relate to this one.   Young Receives Congratulations for his 3rd-inning Homerun at the Bank on April 9 against the Mets.     COMPLIMENTARY PIECE          The Hot Corner: There are many factors to consider even after 25 games. Young has demonstrated his offense, defense, fielding range, base running, leadership and clubhouse compatibility. On the Rangers, he was a cornerstone player, like our shortstop. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels are the core four of the red pinstripes. In other words, Young joins those other infielders for powwows on the mound during critical points, and he does not appear to be out of place, like Kevin Frandsen did recently. The current lineup is noticeably Rollins, Utley, Young and Howard with 2 returning sticks for the next 2 holes. Young has averaged over .300 in 2007, 2009 and 2011, which indicates his recent pattern. Including 14 consecutive battles recently, he has a knock in 21 of 26 contests and 5 multi-hit games. By the Numbers: PLAYER & AGELGEABAVGHR - RBIBB - IBBSB - CS Michael Young, 36MLB088.35201 - 0910 - 100 - 0 Cody Asche, 22AAA079.26601 - 1108 - 001 - 0 AscheSpring014.35700 - 0002 - 000 - 0 AscheWinter089.28101 - 1208 - 000 - 1 AscheAA263.30010 - 4722 - 001 - 1 AscheAdv A255.34902 - 2512 - 110 - 2 2013 Stats for first 2 rows through 4/28 and 2012 results on the others. Adv = Advanced   With the leather he defends his position adequately, has a strong arm, but he has less range than Placido Polanco and Pedro Feliz. His baseball intelligence also shows up on the base paths. On the other hand, the only locker-room news has been the batting tips he has given to Dom Brown. That stated, Young is the third-base stopgap for Cody Asche, who is at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Young  is a plum so far but there are another 137 contests on the schedule. With 1 month in the books, what do you anticipate from Young?   Young Smacks an RBI Single during the 6th on April 25 in Queens. Stud = a solid 2013 ahead Pass = not predictable Suds = a beer-league season ahead 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 Other Side of the Ball) and most recent storyline (Red Pedigree) 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: On the black (The Other Side of the Ball) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Young gun discovery (Red Pedigree) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 24 Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 20 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)

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