Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/29/12

Jonathan Papelbon can be used correctly by the Philadelphia Phillies, and there still can be relief-corps issues that affect the locals.  Did what happen in Atlanta over last season impact the Phils?  Did it work in favor of or against the red pinstripes?




Penthouse Occupancy
 for the 5-2 triumph:  4

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Chooch Ruiz.

Chooch Picks Up 2 Steaks In The 4th Before A Tater Later On

He went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and a bomb, which he smacked after he took a ball off his knee in the away half inning. He was the first batter in the 6th after being plunked just minutes before. His first 2 RBI broke the game open in the 4th. With 3 sirloins Chooch was 1 short of the Steak House.

Joe Blanton provided an extremely solid 7.1 frames with 8 K’s, and he worked a 2-out walk to keep the 4th alive. Jimmy Rollins doubled exactly on the right-field line for 2 RBI after that free pass. Ty Wigginton–who was not in the lineup originally–extended his hitting streak to 13 with a 7th-inning single.

J-Roll Applies The 1st-Inning Tag But Doesn't Get The Call

Rally Tal & Cap in the 4th:  Hunter Pence pulled a double into the corner, which was followed by a free pass, a fielder’s choice, a stolen base, another walk to load the sacks, and a 2-RBI single from Ruiz. With 2 retired Kentucky Joe worked a base on balls, and J-Roll hooked a two-bagger off the chalk to knock out the starter.


The Outhouse was employed by 2B umpire Dale Scott–who was wrongly behind the play–missed a close call in the 1st, which led to a run.

A House Call was made for Jim Thome, who left after the 4th with lower-back tightness on the damp and chilly night.



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.



If you were directed here by a feed and this review does not mention yesterday’s contest, please go to my author archives or 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.

B-Dawk Throws A 1st-Pitch Slider In The Dirt









Bullpen Blaze:


Most organizations aren’t fortunate enough to have 3 horses in the front of their rotations. Complicating matters, some skippers have a quick hook, which adds workload to the ’pen. In fact, just last September it affected the NL race. The Braves overused their relievers and they had little left for the final month. Their collapse allowed the Cards to erase 8.5 games and make the playoffs. That malaise jump started the hometown 9 but it opened the door for St. Louis also.

J-Roll Chalk Lines A 2-RBI Double In The 4th

That entrance was a direct result of an overworked relief corps. On August 31, Craig Kimbrel had 1.64 ERA and Jonny Venters had a 1.31 ERA. In that cruel last 4 weeks, Kimbrel relinguished a 4.76 ERA and Venters yielded a 5.11 ERA. However, I could see this coming in May when I saw the frames accumulated by their bullpen. The same thing is occurring with the Yankees right now. In fact, they have reached 46.1% of Atlanta’s overage by April 28 with 142 still on the schedule. They have a serious problem that only baseball men are aware of.


TEAMTOTAL RELIEF PER.OPTIMUM OVER / UNDER Braves1479.2522.135.3%492.2+ 29.2 (over) Phillies1477.0412.127.9%491.2- 79.1 (under) NYY 20120179.1073.140.9%059.2+ 13.2 (over)


Taxing your relievers has consequences down the stretch before you get to October.  This was another element involved last September that was below the surface.  The Braves had almost zero left in their ‘pen after 5 months.

Kyle Kendrick Labors In Arizona On April 23









Kyle Kendrick:


He had absolutely nothing in his first outing, but had to soldier on, which spared the wings of relief.  He will be more serviceable this afternoon up to 100 tosses, which is about 6 complete.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Kyle Kendrick0-1, 9.39 ERACubsRHP Matt Garza1-1, 3.38 ERASunday, Day 4RHP Vance Worley2-1, 2.15 ERACubsRHP Chris Volstad0-3, 6.14 ERAMonday, Night 1LHP Cole Hamels3-1, 2.73 ERA@ BravesRHP Brandon Beachy2-1, 1.05 ERATuesday, Night


Matt Garza Works At Home Against The Cards On April 23


Matt Garza:


He is the stud for the Cubbies, and a big-trading chip or a piece to build a staff around, depending on the desperation of other general managers at the deadline.  He will be the toughest customer in this series.


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.


HURLERKyle KendrickMatt Garza NUMBERA FiveA Two CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012Submarine3-Quarters Sidearm '12 RANKING5th of 5 Categories2nd of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballSplit Finger LAST HIGH OR LOW12th 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** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also




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Check out my previous publication (Wisdom Acquired), and the 37 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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