Found April 11, 2013 on isportsweb.com:

There were questions before April about this year’s production for the Philadelphia Phillies and their new third baseman Michael Young. Is the meat of the attack better with him in it? TAL’S HANDY CAPS:  POLL WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: This is my 11th 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: Lee and the legend 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 12 to April 18 Any schedule changes and holdups will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. BASEBALL FIX SCHEDULEFORMATTIMEFRAMEPUBLISHING StorylineNitecap InsightApril 12 Sun. & Wed.3 Times a Week Story-pollAgree or Disagree Thur.Once a Week MLB 5 at Game 10 NL East at Game 12Tal's Handy Stats (ERA)Sat. Mon.Twice a Week   Congratulations Are in Order for Brown after his 3-run Missile into the 2nd Deck at the Bank during the 1st on April 10 against the Mets.   AGREE OR DISAGREE:     The Lumber Appraisal: If everybody is ripping the cover off the ball, they will all go into a slump together. Those hot and cold spells have been maddening for the faithful. Basically, half of the 1-6 slots in the lineup carry the load, and the other 3 catch fire when they cool off. That plus the contributions from the 7 and 8 hole will provide enough runs in most games, especially when the pitchers hold the competition to 4 tallies or less. For the first 9 decisions, the red pinstripes are averaging 4.67 runs per contest. Utley Launches a 2-run Bomb during the 1st at the Bank on April 10 against the Mets. The table-setters are scoring a run per battle and have pilfered 7 bases in 8 attempts, which would have been 8 if Ben Revere didn’t come off the bag on Wednesday night. Jimmy Rollins is batting .316, while Revere is experiencing difficulty with the third sacker playing in to minimize his speed. However, he will get more knocks in shallow left field that are otherwise outs. Rollins, on the other hand, might have a higher average in the 2 spot, which generally offers a steady diet of fastballs. Walks are bad news in front of potent RBI threats. Young and Chase Utley are at .333 or higher, which means Ryan Howard will see more strikes. That cannot be a pleasant assignment for an opposing hurler, because he is always one swing away from a bomb. Utley jumped off to a quick start with 7 hits for the first 4 games, while Young had only 2. Now, Young has 10 knocks in the last 5 contests and Utley has 4, which means one or the other is producing. By the Numbers: HOLESAVG.AB - MHG *H - RHR - RBIBB - IBBSB - CS 1 - 2.263076 - 0520 - 091 - 0705 - 007 - 1 3 - 4 - 5.300100 - 0830 - 154 - 1711 - 103 - 0 6 - 7 - 8.235081 - 0219 - 114 - 1106 - 000 - 0 TOTAL.269257 - 1569 - 359 - 3522 - 110 - 1 * Multi-hit games Numbers for 1-2 are Revere & Rollins, 3-4-5 are Utley, Howard & Young, and 7-8 are Mayberry & Kratz. Only those 8 players are in the calculations. The above table includes the stats through 4/10.   Brown Smokes a 3-RBI Homerun during the 1st at the Bank on April 10 against the Mets. Dom Brown has had a hit in 7 of the 9 battles so far, and is among the offensive leaders for production on the team. Even when Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young return, he will still be in the 6 slot to break up those two right-handed sticks. Delmon will protect Howard and Ruiz will be a strong option behind Brown. Currently, right field is determined by the hot hand (John Mayberry Jr.), and Erik Kratz is keeping Ruiz’s position warm. Brown is the first piece for the next gang of Phillies, which is why Howard and Rollins have taken him under their wings. The Forecast for April: The hits will fall for Revere and Rollins will have better stats batting second. The heart of the order will drive in runs with knocks and homeruns for the most part. The back of the lineup will pick up the first 2 parts with an RBI or two that are key.      Do you agree or disagree?  Mostly or completely? Revere Beats the Throw, but Comes off the Bag for the Caught Stealing during the 1st at the Bank on April 10 against the Mets. 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 (Lasting Impressions) and most recent storyline (The Journey) 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: The biggest surprise (Lasting Impressions) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Lee and the legend (The Journey) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 6 Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 4 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)

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