Domonic Brown is most likely in the opening-day lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies. However, at what outfield slot will he be positioned?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 9-2 Outcome
The Crystal Champagne ToastTy WiggintonThree-Star Performance
The PenthouseTy Wigginton
Doc HalladaySolo HR In The 5th
RBI Single To Tie It At 2 In The 6th
During His 2 For 4 Afternoon
7 Solid Innings
The Fun House Of MirrorsScoreboard OperatorHad 3-Ball Count After A BB In The 4th
Cholley's DoghouseJimmy RollinsFor Not Hustling On A Groundout In The 6th
The GlasshouseB.J. Rosenberg
Mike SchwimerBlew Up In The 8th
Another 8th-Inning Meltdown
The Kangaroo Courthouse John Mayberry Jr.Threw To The Wrong Base In The 8th
Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
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The Miami Version Of The Anonymous Fans
The Business Of Baseball:
Rube Amaro and Dave Montgomery will consider exceeding the $178M boundary only for a special case. The important words in that sentence are only and case (singular). There hasn’t been one of those to date. It would probably be a $2M overage for a needed player at the trading deadline only.
The Throw To 3rd In The No-Out 8th
Amaro likes acquiring his target before Christmas, and then move on to his next roster necessity. The holes for the 2013 team are 2 veteran backend relievers, a third sacker and 3 warning-track guards. A right-handed power bat must come from one of the 4 openings. Polly Polanco has a mutual option of $5.5M for 2013 with a $1M buyout, but Freddy Galvis is a younger and inexpensive alternative. That probably rules out a free agent at third.
The financial aspect reveals a commitment of at least $162.5M with many near the MLB minimum. That leaves $15.5M plus $.25M (25th man) for a total of $15.75M to spend from the $178M. There is no way that Amaro can hold out for Michael Bourne and Scott Boras with only the possibility of overpaying, if he outbids everyone else. David Wright has a $16M club option for next season, and the Mets will likely exercise it. Josh Hamilton will be in the $20M range or higher, while Melky Cabrera will hit the reset button on his career.
* = Club option for 2013
PLAYER & AGE2012 $AVG.HRRBIBB - IBBSB - CS
LH Josh Hamilton, 32$13.75M.289329944 - 1007 - 03
RH David Wright, 30$15.00M *.323167666 - 1212 - 09
LH Michael Bourne, 30$6.845M.292095046 - 0131 - 08
SH Melky Cabrera, 28$06.00M.346116036 - 0413 - 05
RH Torii Hunter, 37$18.00M.296125625 - 0105 - 01
The Play At 1st In The 2-Out 9th
Torii Hunter is in the final tour of a 5-year deal, and most general managers do not like to dramatically slash a regular’s pay rate. Hunter’s stats translate to 20 homeruns and 95 RBI over a full 162. He is older and the Halos have younger stars who will require raises. Plus, they will need money to re-up Zack Greinke. The solution to this specific squad is 1 outfielder, 1 solid and 1 secondary arm for the relief corps. That puts Galvis at 3rd and Brown in right. It also necessitates a leftfield platoon of Pierre and Mayberry. With this payroll and the need to sell out the park, Rube must restore the championship fever next summer, which means he cannot stand pat or rebuild.
$75.00MCore FourRollins, Utley, Howard & Hamels
$56.50M2 Aces & The CloserHalladay, Lee & Papelbon
$04.25M2 StartersWorley & Kendrick
$07.50M5 PositionsRuiz, Brown, Pierre, Mayberry & Galvis
$07.50MBenchWigginton, Nix, Schierholtz & Kratz
$02.00M4 of 6 Bullpen SeatsBastardo, Lindblom, Schwimer & Horst
$08.00MSet Aside$5M (Trading Deadline) & $3M (Achieved Incentives)
$01.50MBuyoutsPolanco & Contreras
$162.5MTOTAL23 Of 25 Roster Spots
The General Fires His Bullet At The Bank On August 11 Against The Cardinals
He is 2-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his last 7 matchups, going 7 and 8 complete 6 times–3 each. His line is: 51 innings, 53 hits, 20 runs (19 earned), 5 BB and 41 punch outs. In late July at the Bank against the Brewers, his mark was: 7 total, 12 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 whiffs on 96 bullets.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME
1LHP Cliff Lee2-7, 3.85 ERA@ BrewersRHP Marco Estrada0-5, 4.36 ERAThursday, Night
2RHP Vance Worley6-7, 3.97 ERA@ BrewersRHP Yovani Gallardo,11-8, 3.78 ERAFriday, Night
3LHP Cole Hamels13-6, 2.91 ERA@ BrewersRHP Mike Fiers6-5, 2.63 ERASaturday, Evening
4RHP Kyle Kendrick5-9, 4.53 ERA@ BrewersLHP Randy Wolf3-9, 5.65 ERASunday, Day
1RHP Doc Halladay6-7, 3.80 ERARedsRHP Mike Leake5-7, 4.29 ERAMonday, Night
Marco Estrada Unloads His Pitch On August 11 In Houston
He has lasted 7 frames in 3 of 14 efforts with 4 clunkers. Against the Phils in late July, his ledger was: 4 innings, 8 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 strikeouts on 83 tosses.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON
Over The TopExcellent
Short Arm Approximately 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
HURLERCliff LeeMarco Estrada
NUMBERA OneA Five
FOR 2012SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST HIGH OR LOW6th of 15 Categories12th 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
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also
DOC'S LINE: 7 INN, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K & 108 DARTS
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO
Total21 - 203.476.242 of 60228415.1382167160812380
Halladay06 - 073.807.011 of 17004111.1099047047180092
Lee02 - 073.857.014 of 20002140.1148061060240130
Hamels13 - 062.916.217 of 23222163.2141059053392158
14TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO
Total1 - 22.747.0+3 of 311023.023772018
Halladay0 - 13.867.0+1 of 100007.006331007
Lee0 - 15.147.0+1 of 100007.010440006
Hamels1 - 00.009.01 of 111009.007001005
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