Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/23/12

Kyle Kendrick is part of the answer for the Philadelphia Phillies in the endgame strategy.  Can he thrive in the 7th and 8th innings?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-3 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastJimmy RollinsFour-Star Performance The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins

Chase Utley
John Mayberry Jr.


Joe Blanton
Antonio Bastardo
Kyle KendrickWalk-Off Single In The 12th
During His 2 For 6 Afternoon
Tripled In Vic For A 1st-Inning 1-1 Tie
Score Knotting HR In The 4th At 2-2
Homered In The 7th For A 3-2 Lead
During A 2 For 4 Day
8 Solid Innings
A Strong 9th
A Huge 2.1 Innings In Extras The OuthouseVisiting 3BA Bad-Taste Decoy Play In The 1st On Utley The Big HouseOpposing 2BRobbed Chase Of A Bunt Single To Leadoff The 6th House CleaningAntonio Bastardo A Clean 9th With 3 Punch Outs Rally Tal & Cap3 Players, 1 RunA BB To Chooch, A Single by Laynce Nix & J-Roll's RBI Single In The 12th

Can We Make This A Habit?

NITECAP INSIGHT

One More Series:

The Cole Hamels saga will play out this week before the 3 matchups in Atlanta. The red pinstripes have 3 games with the Brewers, which will not affect the young gun’s future. It will, however, impact the contract-expiring players in August and September. A sweep would position the squad at 8-4 since the break, which is much more optimistic than 7-5.

Ryno Is Hit By A Pitch In The 1st

I’m not concerned about the offense or defense. With the leather, the replacements for rehabbing regulars lowered the club from first or second to around tenth in the majors. The sticks are solid from top to bottom with speed at the front in Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. The middle is the strongest it has been in a while with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Chooch Ruiz and Hunter Pence. Utley and Howard are fresh, but they are just returning to form after being back for 2-3 weeks. Juan Pierre and Polly Polanco offer the beginning of a second lineup.

J-Roll Catches A 7th-Inning Thief

Three number ones, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton are going to give the bats a winning opportunity. Jonathan Papelbon will rebound from a couple difficult showings. The last 2 frames before Cinco Ocho have been the soft spots, but Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo have been outstanding lately. They have had 9 performances over the last 5 battles, and they have this line: 8.2 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 free passes (1 intentional) and 11 punch outs. Bastardo is regaining his confidence, and it is apparent in his demeanor on the bump. Kendrick has really solidified the backend of the ‘pen. That said, this is a critical series, because Milwaukee isn’t a hot team or in the heat of a pennant race.

Doc Loads Up On July 17 In Los Angeles

PRECAP PITCH

Doc Halladay:

He will probably be limited to 100 bullets in his 2nd outing, which is 6 or 7 frames.  He started resembling the ace of the last 2 campaigns after the 2nd inning, and that should continue tonight.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 3.96 ERABrewersLHP Randy Wolf3-6, 5.60 ERAMonday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.72 ERABrewersRHP Zack Greinke9-3, 3.57 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.82 ERABrewersRHP Marco Estrada0-4, 4.10 ERAWednesday, Day

Randy Wolf Pictured At Home On July 17 Against The Cardinals


Randy Wolf:

He is not having his usual summer, which may be just an off year.  He has lasted 6.1 frames plus in 6 of 18 attempts with 7 clunkers.  And he is 1-2 with a 6.86 away ERA in 8 appearances (1 relief).

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

HURLERDoc HalladayRandy Wolf NUMBERA OneA Four CLUB SLOTOneFour FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSlurveCurveball* LAST HIGH OR LOW9th of 15 Categories5th of 15 Categories

DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick UP

PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

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