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Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies was a 1-man wrecking crew in the chop shop last night.  I, on the other hand, have the emotionless Mac.  Can I outsmart the algorithm of the computer?  I will keep score in Tal’s Handy Scoreboard.




I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.



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Chooch Clears The Bases-Loaded 8th With A Double







Penthouse Occupancy
 for the 15-13 outcome:  4

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chooch.

He accumulated 7 RBI, including a 3-run bat-flipping bomb and a sacks-clearing double for 3 RBI. He went to the Steak House, devoured 7 filet mignons and a king-size tater in the 7th during his 3 for 5 meal. He was joined on the top floor by Laynce Nix with Polly Polanco and Shane Victorino. Polly and Vic each had 3 for 6 performances.

Rally Tal & Cap in the 3rd:  3 were plated by Nix’s two-bagger with all the bases occupied. That had followed 3 singles and a free pass. The 7th was compacted to a base on balls, a knock and a blast. During the 3-tally 8th, there were 2 hits and a walk before the 3-RBI double.

Laynce Nix Doubles In The 3rd At The Ted For 3 RBI

The House Of Cards collapsed with a 6-run advantage after 5 singles and a grand slam in the 5th. The 12-8 lead was immediately surrendered by a hole in the 8th-frame bullpen.

The Leather Warehouse displayed the glove of John Mayberry Jr. in the 7th with consecutive defensive feats for the first two outs.

The Outhouse locked in HP Umpire James Hoye for a called third that was a poor decision, and it was almost a 9th-inning game-ender.

A House Call sent Jim Thome to Clearwater for a warm-weather healing and rehab at-bats.

Kentucky Joe Fires A Heater During The 2nd Against The Cubs At The Bank On April 28






Joe Blanton:


He is 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA without his lone relief appearance.  His outings have been: 2 excellent, 1 good and 1 bad for the year to date.  That said, he usually draws the 4 or 5 hurler from the opposing dugout.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Joe Blanton2-3, 3.81 ERA@ BravesRHP Randall Delgado2-2, 6.30 ERAThursday, Day 1RHP Kyle Kendrick0-2, 6.59 ERA@ NatsRHP Stephen Strasburg2-0, 1.13 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Vance Worley2-1, 1.97 ERA@ NatsLHP Gio Gonzalez2-1, 1.82 ERASaturday, Day 3LHP Cole Hamels3-1, 2.78 ERA@ NatsRHP Jordan Zimmermann1-2, 1.89 ERASunday, Night

Randall Delgado Faces The Bucs On April 28 At The Ted


Randall Delgado:


He was the emergency replacement for Tim Hudson during April, and he won by default in March.  However, he is still here:  Jair Jurrjens was demoted to Triple-A, and will need 2-3 additional solid showings before he returns.  Delgado is a gaping hole in their rotation.


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.


HURLERJoe BlantonRandall Delgado NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveFive FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSplit FingerForkball LAST HIGH OR LOW4th 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 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also





& COLE HAMELS DOC'S LINE: 5.1 INN, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 5 K & 93 DARTS

COLE'S LINE: 6 INN, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6K & 108 BULLETS


ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total6 - 42.867.09 of 1400197.281323117083 Halladay3 - 23.407.05 of 0600142.137161610029 Lee0 - 11.967.02 of 0300023.014050502018 Hamels3 - 12.787.02 of 0500032.130111005036







Philadelphia Phillies storyline: under the radar

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: burn rate



The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac.  That is the feed system that has dogged me the entire month, but it allows me now to probe for a compatible solution.  This only involves readers who were directed here from Fox Sports.  The 2 updated links in this section were recently passed over by a computer’s judgment.  Does the national-and-all-major-sports machine understand Phillies commentary better than local fans?  I discovered that the buttons and lights objected the most to the storyline when I submitted only that part.  So, when the electrodes decide a Nitecap Insight isn’t to their liking, I’ll give my transferred readers a viewing opportunity the next day.  I’ll keep score of acceptable to rejected commentary, because I don’t want a large readership excluded or my time wasted.

Philadelphia Phillies:  best MLB player of all time, 4 options is tomorrow’s review with a poll.




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Check out my previous publication (The Queue), and the 39 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.

Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked the Phillies page, because feeds are erratic at times.




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