Originally written October 01, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
Does Darin Ruf alter the plans for the Philadelphia Phillies in the off-season?  Or can he add to the offensive power from the right side?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-1 Triumph


The Crystal Champagne ToastChooch RuizFive-Star Performance

The Penthouse Chase Utley
Chooch Ruiz

Nate Schierholtz

Cole Hamels* Hit A Sac-Fly RBI For A 1-0 Advantage In The 1st
* Smacked An RBI Double To Take A 1st-Inning Lead Of 2-0
During His 3 For 4 Day
* Produced An RBI Single, Increasing The 1st-Inning
Score To 3-0 During His 2 For 4 Afternoon
Escaped Runner-At-3rd 1-Out Jams In The 5th & The 6th
Fired 7 Solid 5-Hit Innings

The Fun House Of MirrorsJuan Pierre
Chooch Ruiz* Avoided A Hand Tag At 2nd In The 1st
* Escaped A Line-Drive DP During The 1st

Rally Tal & Cap5 Players & 3 Runs* A BB (J-Roll), A Single (Pierre), A Sac-Fly RBI (Utley), An
RBI Double (Chooch) & An RBI Hit (Schierholtz) In The 1st

The WorkhouseHome SP* A 37-Pitch 1st Inning

The Animal HouseCole HamelsPunched Out The 1st 3 Batters In The 1st

The Leather Warehouse2 StartersA Runner Gunned Down At Home By Brown (Throw)
& Chooch (Plate Dive & Tag) In The 4th

The Kangaroo Court HouseCole HamelsHad Throwing Errors In The 4th & The 6th

The Outhouse3B UmpMissed The Tag On The Over-Slide SB In The 6th

Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event

Chase Makes The Outfield Catch In The 8th


Fielding A Free Agent Bat:

Parity means limitations on all franchises, even the Yankees. It hinders the rich from poaching the poor’s talent. It also keeps salaries from exploding for the most part, because organizations, like the Phillies, are limited in their spending. Rube Amaro re-signs Cole Hamels to keep one of his best arms, which means that Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino cannot fit under the competitive-balance threshold. The table below indicates that Amaro has allotted $163.5M of the $178M for the 2013 budget. That equals $14.5M available, which is approximately the amount that Pence will be paid next year.
Chooch Makes The Dive To The Dish For The Out In The 4th
If the GM inks players in centerfield and for 8th-frame set-up, he will deduct 2 contracts from the $163.5M. The bullpen slot is the $500K minimum and the outfield spot is at most $1.45M. In other words, that means $16.5M is the 2-position limit. Therefore, you can forget Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourne. Scott Boras represents Bourne and will move too slowly for Rube, who prefers to do acquisition business before January.

$178M Maximum Before The Luxury Tax:


$75.00MCore FourRollins, Utley, Howard & Hamels

$56.50M2 Aces & The CloserHalladay, Lee & Papelbon

$04.25M2 StartersWorley & Kendrick

$07.50M5 PositionsRuiz, RF Brown, LF Pierre, CF Mayberry & 3B Galvis

$07.75MBenchWigginton, Nix, Schierholtz, Kratz & Frandsen

$03.00M6 Bullpen SeatsBastardo, Aumont, Lindblom, Horst, Schwimer & Stutes

$08.00MSet Aside$5M (Trading Deadline) & $3M (Achieved Incentives)

$01.50MBuyoutsPolanco & Contreras

$163.5MTOTAL25 Roster Spots

J-Roll Goes 1st-To-3rd In The 2nd

Melky Cabrera will find a cheap deal with an also-ran, because he has to recover from his drug-test suspension. Victorino is hitting .229 with 2 HR, 15 RBI, 18 BB, 14 SB and 2 CS for the Dodgers. B.J. Upton is a centerfielder who will want more than the Phils or Rays will offer, but he might have to take less. CF Torii Hunter will command $10M per over 2 campaigns, and that is due to his age. A veteran reliever will run $4-5M, which means $10M for a right-handed power bat in center. Rube only has a surplus of young ’pen studs to complete a swap, and will finalize FA decisions before spring training, which makes Ruf a long shot.


LH Josh Hamilton, 31$13.75M.2884312760 - 1307 - 04

LH Michael Bourne, 30$6.845M.2760905768 - 0140 - 12

RH Torii Hunter, 37$18.00M.3131609138 - 0109 - 01

RH B.J. Upton, 28$07.00M.2472807840 - 0031 - 06

SH Shane Victorino, 32$09.50M.2531105553 - 0139 - 06

SH Melky Cabrera, 28$06.00M.3461106036 - 0413 - 05

Kyle Kendrick Toils In The 2nd At The Bank On September 26 Against The Nats


Kyle Kendrick:

He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 24 efforts with 8 debacles.  Against the Nats for 4 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads:  1-2, a 3.92 ERA, 20.2 frames, 21 hits, 10 runs (9 earned), 8 free passes and 10 whiffs.


1RHP Kyle Kendrick10-12, 4.08 ERA@ NatsLHP John Lannan04-00, 4.23 ERAMonday, Night

2RHP B.J. Rosenberg01-02, 6.86 ERA@ NatsLHP Gio Gonzalez21-08, 2.89 ERATuesday, Night

3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

John Lannan Dials Up A Heater In The 2nd At The Bank On September 26 Against The Phils

John Lannan:

He is 2-0 with a 5.94 home ERA, which is 4.30 lower on the road.  He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 5 opportunities with 1 clunker.  He faced the Phils last Wednesday with this line:  5.1 frames, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts on 82 tosses.


Over The TopExcellent

3-Quarter 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

HURLERKyle KendrickJohn Lannan



FOR 2012 SidearmShort Arm

'12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories

LAST STARTEephus PitchSlurve ***

LAST HIGH OR LOW13th of 15 Categories9th of 15 Categories


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




COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 DARTS


Total34 - 223.476.159 of 852212576.25452342221142550

Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250007156.11550780780360132

Lee06 - 083.126.123 of 290002205.02050760710280200

Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312203215.11910800730502218



Total2 - 02.846.1+2 of 300119.014664020

Halladay1 - 07.206.1+0 of 100105.006443007

Lee0 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.003110005

Hamels1 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.005111008


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