Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/17/12

Jimmy Rollins atoned for his lack of hustle from the prior battle, but other shortcomings on the Philadelphia Phillies extinguished the fire.  How are they winning series mostly against contenders with this offense?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    7-4 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeThree-Star Performance The PenthouseJimmy Rollins
Kevin Frandsen
Cliff Lee* 2 Stolen Bases In The 3rd
A 3-Steak Double To Take A 4-3 Lead In The 5th
A Solid 7.2 Innings With 12 K's The Fun House Of MirrorsHome Leadoff Man Landed On His Back On A Failed Check Swing In The 1st
Jettisoned His Shin Guard In Pieces During The 3rd,
Running Out A Swinging Bunt The Black CathouseHome 3-Hole Bat
Home Cleanup Hitter
Home 5-Slot StickA Homer Off The Top Of The Fence In The 1st
Consecutive Homeruns In The 1st
A Grand Slam Off The Top Of The Fence In The 2-Out 8th The Leather WarehouseJimmy Rollins

RF Dom Brown* Took Advantage Of The Defense With A SB
Of 3rd In The 3rd (Shoe)
Made A Leaping Catch Above The Stands
On A 7th-Inning Foul Ball (Glove) Greenhouse Cholley's BagsJimmy Rollins2 Third-Inning Stolen Bases Rally Tal & Cap4 Players, 3 RunsSingle (Howard), BB (Brown), Single (Nix) &
3-Run Double (Frandsen) In The 5th The OuthouseHP UmpBad Strike Call On A 3-1 Pitch With The Bases Loaded
& 2 Outs In The 5th The GlasshouseJosh LindblomBlew Up In The 8th House Of CorrectionsJimmy Rollins2 SB & A Mfg. Run For His Next-Day Redemption
After His Prior Lack Of Hustle



Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play


Dom Brown Tries To Grab The Ball Before It Hits The Top Of The Wall In The 8th










Digesting The Digits:


Last night was a perfect illustration of what is broken. It involved a third-base error and the 8th-frame setup that could not get 1 out. Freddy Galvis is the remedy for the hot corner, and Cholley Manuel needs a place to play him. This squad requires 1 solid and 1 secondary reliever for the abyss that swallows up victories. Plus, The stats below reveal a lack of right-handed power in the 6 hole, which could come from a free-agent outfielder.

Chase Blows Up The 3rd-Inning Play

It makes a huge difference when you consider that the red pinstripes have won 7 of 10 matchups at 3.8 runs per over 31 battles. They have 17 triumphs during that span. Against playoff-hopeful teams, they are 10-11 but have taken 4 of 7 series, averaging 3.2 runs. This has been accomplished with a mid-season spring training for Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Doc Halladay. Plus, they traded Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton, while they sat Juan Pierre.  That stated, the 2nd half is also a time when the in-it clubs play harder and raise their intensity level.

The Leadoff Hitter Couldn’t Stop His Swing Or His Fall In The 1st


Looking ahead to the next campaign, the locals have four of their sticks with a catcher, a first baseman, a second sacker and a shortstop. They also have an improved Dom Brown in right to go with a platoon of Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. at the other warning-track corner. Rube Amaro can fill 2 endgame bullpen spots and 1 right-handed power bat for the fly-ball patrol without obliterating the budget.


PLAYERAVG.HRRBIABHBB - 1BBSB - CS 1 - SHSS Jimmy Rollins.2176111202614 - 06 - 0 2 - LHLF Juan Pierre.3120030611904 - 09 - 1 3 - LH2B Chase Utley.2366181102619 - 33 - 1 4 - LH1B Ryan Howard.2297 191052411 - 00 - 0 5 - RHC Chooch Ruiz.2681120561500 - 00 - 0 6 - LHRF Dom Brown.2550040551407 - 00 - 0 7 - RHCF John Mayberry Jr..2223030811806 - 00 - 0 8 - LHOF Nate Schierholtz.2191020320703 - 00 - 0



The Vanimal Dials Up A 3-Finger Change At The Bank On August 6 Against The Braves







Vance Worley:


He is 4-3 with a 2.59 road ERA, which is 2.61 lower than at the Bank. However, he is 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA for his last 8 appearances, including 4 monstrosities. He has lasted 6.2 innings plus in 6 of 20 outings with 6 debacles. Against the Brewers in Philly recently, his line was:  5.1 frames, 10 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 whiffs on 90 peas.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 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 2LHP Cliff Lee2-7, 3.83 ERARedsRHP Homer Bailey10-8, 4.16 ERATuesday, Night


Yovani Gallardo Unloads His Bullet On August 12 At Houston





Yovani Gallardo:


He is 6-3 with a 3.40 home ERA, which is 0.85 lower in Milwaukee.  He has worked 6.2 innings or more in 11 of 24 performances with 5 clunkers.




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 WorleyYovani Gallardo NUMBERA FourA Two CLUB SLOTFourOne FOR 2012SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleball ***Split Finger *** LAST HIGH OR LOW11th 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: 7.2 INN, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 12 K & 111 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total21 - 203.476.243 of 61228423.0387171163812392 Halladay06 - 073.807.011 of 17004111.1099047047180092 Lee02 - 073.837.015 of 21002148.0153065063240142 Hamels13 - 062.916.217 of 23222163.2141059053392158




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