Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/27/12

Jimmy Rollins started the ball rolling in training camp for the Philadelphia Phillies.  That 2007 challenge led to the playoffs, but what does the 2013 version have in store?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-1 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseCliff Lee

Jimmy Rollins

Josh Lindblom* An RBI Double For A 1-0 Lead In The 5th
Hurled 7 Solid Innings
* A 2-Run Bomb For A 3-0 Score In The 5th
During His 2 For 5 Afternoon
*** Closed Out The Nats In The 8th & 9th The Fun House O MirrorsVisiting C (Defense)
Jayson Werth
Opposing 1B (Offense)

Was Quick Pitched By Surprise & Fell Backwards In The 3rd
Recorded A Fly-Balll Out In The 3rd With A Barehanded Catch
** Was Out At 3rd (Occupied) After A Double In The 7th The Big HouseVisiting CF* Made A Diving Catch To Rob Kratz Of A Hit In The 5th Rally Tal & Cap3 Players, 3 Runs* A Single (Frandsen), An RBI Double (Lee) & A HR (Rollins) In The 5th The WhitehouseJuan Pierre
Josh Lindblom* 586th SB To Tie Maury Wills In The 5th
*** His 1st MLB Save The WorkhouseOpposing SP* A 34-Pitch 5th Inning The Movie House Defense** Ruled A Double Off The Top Of The Fence In The 7th House CleaningJosh Lindblom*** Fired 1.2 Clean Innings


Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events



J-Roll Tracks Down The Unaware Runner In His Trot After His 7th-Inning Double







Spring-Loaded Action:


After a long winter, the pop of a caught fastball has a memorable ring. There are many elements in February and March that are repeated on a annual basis. However, there is one subject that has gone unnoticed, which is the tone. All organizations have a theme for each tour, which is based on the reality behind their mask of clichés. Sooner or later, that will be the last hurrah for the special units.

J-Roll Trots Around 3rd After His 5th-Inning 2-Run Dong

There is a difference when the roster has a championship foundation, which is the core four for the red pinstripes–before and after their famous Fall Classic. The photo from my last article shows them in their posed position:  Rollins (dead center), Chase Utley (middle to the left), Ryan Howard (left end) and Cole Hamels (right end). That forms the circle in the order of seniority:  It ends where it began.

For the Phils, it was a satisfied and overconfident approach in 2009, while 2010 was unfinished business with a still comfortable atmosphere after a title. In ‘07, that was the year of the team to beat, while 2011 was the 4-aces campaign or regular-season production. The idea was that they still had to do it, which resulted in a franchise record of 102 victories.

The Thief Robs Erik Kratz In The 5th

That first September, the Phils caught and passed the Mets for their first taste of postseason champagne after the 2007 comeback. The ‘08 tour had the vein for a big slice of October pie with the don’t-forget-the-awful-elimination-feeling burden from the previous fall. However, this spring it was the survival mode of .500 ball until the two big guns were on the diamond. The seeds of success were planted for the 2007 and 2008 summers, while during this 162, that was not the case. A 81-win projection sows some doubt before the fruit blossoms, and the staff’s number one goes down after working through questionable health.

The club didn’t fail to be near the divisional lead:  It fell short of the breakeven mark.  Now, the new addresses for Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton mirror the 2006 sendoff of Bobby Abreu to the Big Apple.  That squad immediately began making a wildcard run, which led to its achievement in the following campaign.  If there is a miracle drive to serious autumnal competition, the crew will either remember their 2009 mistakes or view the new season as a repeat of 2008.  Baring divine intervention, however, you can expect a 2007 type of enthusiasm with a 2008 mind-set.


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Vance Worley:


He is 2-5 with a 5.00 home ERA, which is 2.02 lower away from Philly.  Against the Mets in both parks (1 each), his ledger reads:  0-2, a 9.00 ERA, 10 complete, 18 hits, 10 all-earned runs, 6 free passes (1 intentional) and 8 strikeouts.  He has lasted 6.2 frames plus in 6 of 22 efforts with 8 monstrosities.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Vance Worley6-9, 4.06 ERAMetsRHP Chris Young3-7, 4.33 ERATuesday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 2.99 ERAMetsRHP Matt Harvey2-3, 2.75 ERAWednesday, Night 3RHP Kyle Kendrick7-9, 4.12 ERAMetsLHP Jon Niese10-7, 3.51 ERAThursday, Day 1RHP Doc Halladay8-7, 3.88 ERA@ BravesLHP Mike Minor7-10, 4.71 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee3-7, 3.67 ERA@ BravesRHP Tim Hudson 13-4, 3.57 ERASaturday, Late Day


Chris Young Pictured At Home On August 21 Against The Rox




Chris Young:


He has toiled 6.1 innings or more in 6 of 14 showings with 3 clunkers.  At Citi Field against the Phils, his line was:  7 total, 5 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 0 walks and 3 K’s on 81 Independence-Day tosses.  That stated, he is 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA in his last 8 outings, including 3 disasters.



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



Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.


Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

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

*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation


HURLERVance WorleyChris Young NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFourThree FOR 2012SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSliderSplit Finger LAST HIGH OR LOW7th of 15 Categories4th of 15 Categories



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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also





CLIFF'S LINE: 7 INN, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K & 99 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total25 - 203.476.248 of 67228464.1434188179882429 Halladay08 - 073.887.013 of 19004125.1116054054200101 Lee03 - 073.676.217 of 23002161.2169069066250156 Hamels14 - 062.996.218 of 25222177.1155065059432172




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