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Cole Hamels was the first name on the to-do list for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Is he the only player who had an expiring contract that will return? TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed here by a feed and this review does not mention yesterday’s contest, please go to the Phillies page for my most recent coverage. (Early morning readers may arrive before the latest post.) Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you. Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Mojo rising CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    2-1 Squeaker TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyOne-Star Performance The PenthouseChase UtleyHR In The 4th For The Offense The Kangaroo CourthouseShane Victorino
Ryan HowardThrew To An Unoccupied 1B On A Sac-Fly
Blew The Pick-Off Play With A Wide Throw To 2nd In The 8th Chase Utley After His 4th-Inning Bomb NITECAP INSIGHT The Plan: Having lost the series, the red pinstripes enter the must-win phase for 4 consecutive games. Rube Amaro, on the other hand, has no room to stall. He will not be buying or selling, but he may consider a deal he would not have made with a victory or two in Atlanta. On the other hand, he can still proceed the same, because he can pick-up a bullpen arm in August. There are 4 organizations that can claim that made-available reliever before him, but the ‘Stros, Rox, Cubs and Pads are not going to add anything at this time. He, basically, has the first shot at an NL wing for the ’pen who is placed on waivers after the July 31 deadline. Rube would have bartered Shane Victorino for an endgame hurler, but now he may entertain a prospect. Joe Blanton would not have been swapped but now that is a strong possibility. Polly Polanco is on the DL and no team will risk his balky back. Hunter Pence is under control for 2013 and probably will be too costly to move quickly. J-Roll On The Receiving End Of A Blown Pick-Off Play In The 8th Hamels is the centerpiece of a retooling agenda. The basic offense would be:  SS Jimmy Rollins, LF Juan Pierre, 2B Chase Utley, 1B Ryan Howard, C Chooch Ruiz and RF Pence. That leaves CF and 3B to be filled by John Mayberry Jr., Dom Brown plus an infielder. Blanton, Polanco and Victorinio will free up $21.33M, but Hamels will increase by $9M. That $12.33M would be split for a centerfielder, a third baseman and Hunter’s pay raise–he is at $10.4M this season. That gives Amaro $9-10M for center and third. Victorino could sign for less, and Kyle Kendrick will slot in 5th instead of Blanton. However, it won’t be Michael Bourne:  Rube moves quickly and Scott Boras holds out for top dollar. Pitching is Amaro’s main priority, which is why he has 3 aces and one of the best closers.  He also places a high value on the 4 cornerstone regulars of Rollins, Utley, Howard and Hamels.  The 2013 payroll will be $131.5M for those 7 roster spots.  That stated, Cholley’s boys need a four-game winning streak to offset these 2 losses.  The next 4 battles will define this year and next. Doc Dials Up A Two-Seam Fastball At The Bank On July 23 Against The Brewers PRECAP PITCH
Doc Halladay: He is good for 6-7 innings and 110 bullets.  Also, he might look more like the Doctor from the previous 2 summers.  At the Ted in early May before he yielded to his condition, his line was:  5.1 frames, 12 hits, 8 all-earned runs, 0 walks and 5 whiffs on 93 darts. STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 4.32 ERA@ BravesRHP Tim Hudson9-4, 3.71 ERASunday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.72 ERA@ NatsRHP Stephen Strasburg11-4, 2.76 ERATuesday, Night 2RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.88 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson6-6, 3.52 ERAWednesday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels11-5, 3.31 ERA@ NatsLHP Ross Detwiler5-4, 3.24 ERAThursday, Night Tim Hudson Loads Up In The 2nd On July 24 In Miami Tim Hudson: This tour is the one after the rehab, which reacclimates him to a full 162.  He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 9 of 16 opportunities with 5 clunkers.  At the Bank near the end of the first half, his ledger read:  7 complete, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB and 0 K’s on 79 peas.  That said, he is 4-3 with a 5.01 home ERA, which is 2.79 lower on the road. 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. *** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation HURLERDoc HalladayTim Hudson NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTOneOne FOR 2012Short ArmSidearm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleball***Curveball LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories5th 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 LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. Check out my previous publications (The Three-Game Season) and the 83 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page, 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 my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Payback wanted (Horsemen Stats) Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 100 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 99

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Sheets, Braves beat Hamels, Phillies

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