Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 9/5/12

Juan Pierre is still with the Philadelphia Phillies and I am not surprised.  Why would you swap a .300 hitter to save $267K and receive a no-shot prospect?

 

TAL’S HANDY CAPS

 

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Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Expectations for Cholley and Rube

 

CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-1 Triumph

 

TYPE PLAYER REASON The Crystal Champagne Toast Cliff Lee Five-Star Performance The Penthouse John Mayberry Jr.Jimmy Rollins

Chase Utley

Cliff Lee

A 2-Out RBI Single For A 1-0 Lead In The 1stA Solo HR Off The Foul Pole For A 2-0 Score In The 3rd

During His 3 For 5 Day With A SB

A 2-Out RBI Double For 3-0 Game In The 5th

* A 8-Pitch Bags-Full BB To Knock Out His Matchup In The 6th

Fired 7 Scoreless, 5-Single (Hit) Innings

The Kangaroo Courthouse Cliff Lee Failed To Cover 1st For A DP In The 2nd The Bathhouse Home SP * Sent To The Showers After 5+ The Glasshouse B.J. Rosenberg Working His Way Off The 2013 Active Roster

 

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

 

J-Roll Looks Into The Crowd After The Victory With The Thought Bubble: We’re Not Dead Yet.

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

Ready To Spend:

 

The baseball dynamic has changed over the last 2 seasons, but most observers are still mired in the before-parity past. All GM’s–no exceptions–are restricted by the $178M limit to avoid the competitive-balance tax. That stated, Rube Amaro needs 2 endgame relievers, a third baseman and 3 outfielders, but he has $27.5M to work with. That does not count $5M for the trading deadline and $3M to compensate achieved incentives, which leaves $19.5M. He can add Magic Juan to platoon with John Mayberry Jr. for $1M, which includes a $200K raise. For that he gets a steady bat who works endlessly at his craft, like Chase Utley and Doc Halladay. Where else can you get a deal like that?

 

J-Roll Pilfers 2nd In The 9th With His It-Ain’t-Over-Until-It’s-Over Mentality

 

The higher-ticket keepers are listed in the decisions column and can sign elsewhere. Their current organizations will need to think, long and hard, about their value, which in the case of Josh Hamilton will skyrocket. The Mets may pass on this year’s FA crop because their finances are questionable. Jon Rauch is an arm they probably will want to re-up. The White Sox are included because they play in a 2-team city, like New York and Los Angeles. Their 3 players are:  SP Francisco Lirano, LF Dayan Viciedo and C A.J. Pierzynski. Meanwhile, Texas has to be interested in:  Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, SP Colby Lewis, C Mike Napoli, RP Mike Adams and RP Koji Uehara. It will cost the Rangers a lot more to keep these five for 2013 and beyond.

 

Antonio Bastardo Has Back-To-Back Extended Performances

 

Adams, Uehara and Rauch are veterans on Amaro’s radar. However, the Sox and Cubs are the huge buying favorites. Red Sox Nation will experience certain unrest, if that franchise doesn’t ink a few stars. They have David Ortiz and Cody Ross, while Matt Garza will cost big bucks for Theo Epstein. Epstein has a ton of money and another curse to vanquish in Chicago. He loves expensive contracts and a championship for the Cubbies would enshrine him in Cooperstown.

 

Keys:

 

DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTION Deals Players & Dollars Under Contract Buyouts Players & Owed Dollars To Not Re-Up Min. $ Players @ Approx. $500K MLB Minimum Bal. & Bal. $ # Of Players To Reach 25 & Dollars To Hit $178M Arb. $ Players & Arbitration Dollars Estimate Dec. $ Players & Dollars Needing A Decision

 

Part 1:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Greenback mountain

 

$178M Range Teams:

 

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TEAM DEALS MIN. $ ARB. $ BUYOUTS TOTAL BAL BAL. $ DEC. $ Phillies 11 @ $145.50M 09 @ $4.5M —– 1 @ $0.50M 20 @ $150.50M 5 $027.50M —– Dodgers 17 @ $169.90M 06 @ $3.0M —– 3 @ $0.95M 23 @ $173.85M 3 $004.15M —– Angels 08 @ $101.63M 09 @ $4.5M 3 @ $18.0M 2 @ $4.50M 20 @ $128.63M 5 $049.37M 3 @ $37.50M * Yankees 07 @ $131.07M 08 @ $4.0M 5 @ $21.0M —– 20 @ $156.07M 5 $021.93M 4 @ $42.75M * Tigers 09 @ $092.42M 04 @ $2.0M 3 @ $15.5M —– 16 @ $111.92M 9 $066.08M 3 @ $23.75M * Rangers 09 @ $084.31M 08 @ $4.0M 3 @ $17.0M 1 @ $0.60M 20 @ $105.91M 5 $072.09M 5 @ $38.40M * Marlins 09 @ $087.50M 11 @ $5.5M 1 @ $03.5M —– 21 @ $096.50M 4 $081.50M —– Cubs 05 @ $039.88M 16 @ $8.0M 1 @ $11.0M —– 22 @ $058.88M 3 $119.12M —– Red Sox 05 @ $038.81M 04 @ $2.0M 7 @ $32.0M —– 16 @ $080.81M 9 $097.19M 2 @ $17.58M * Mets 06 @ $071.52M 09 @ $4.5M 2 @ $09.0M —– 17 @ $085.02M 8 $092.98M 1 @ $03.50M * White Sox 11 @ $122.44M 09 @ $4.5M —– 1 @ $2.0M 20 @ $128.94M 5 $049.06M 3 @ $14.00M *

 

* 2012 Dollars

 

King Cole Survives The Rain At The Bank On August 23 Against The Reds

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

Cole Hamels:

 

He was 3-1 for his last 5 efforts with a 1.86 August ERA. During those 5, his ledger reads:  38.2 frames, 33 hits, 9 runs (8 earned), 7 walked (1 intentional) and 34 fanned.  Against the Braves (three times) in both parks (1 home), his line is:  1-1, a 2.25 ERA, 20 total, 15 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 8 free passes and 19 whiffs.

 

STARTER RECORD TM STARTER RECORD DAY & TIME 3 LHP Cole Hamels 14-6, 2.99 ERA @ Braves LHP Paul Maholm 11-9, 3.44 ERA Sunday, Evening 1 RHP Tyler Cloyd 00-1, 4.50 ERA @ Reds RHP Johnny Cueto 17-6, 2.48 ERA Monday, Day 2 RHP Kyle Kendrick 08-9, 4.01 ERA @ Reds RHP Mat Latos 11-4, 3.79 ERA Tuesday, Night 3 RHP Doc Halladay 08-7, 4.01 ERA @ Reds RHP Mike Leake 07-8, 4.45 ERA Wednesday, Day

 

Paul Maholm Hurls A Dart On August 27 In San Diego

 

Paul Maholm:

 

For Atlanta, he is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA and his numbers are:  36.2 innings, 29 hits, 10 all-earned runs, 7 BB and 31 K’s.  Overall, he has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 13 of 25 showings with 5 clunkers.  He faced the Phils as a Cub at the Bank with this mark:  6.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), no walks and 1 strikeout on 100 late April tosses.

 

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012 DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The Top Excellent 3-Quarters Sidearm Good Sidearm Above Average Short Arm Approximately Average Submarine Below 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

 

HURLER Cole Hamels Paul Maholm NUMBER A One A Three CLUB SLOT Three Four FOR 2012 Over The Top Sidearm ’12 RANKING 1st of 5 Categories 3rd of 5 Categories LAST START Changeup Curveball *** LAST HIGH OR LOW 8th of 15 Categories 5th of 15 Categories

 

PITCH INN ER – R- H PITCH INN ER 1 Gyroball 9 (CG) 0 – 0 – 3 10 Screwball 6 4 2 Fastball 9 (CG) 0 – 0 11 Knuckleball 5 3 3 Cutter 9 (CG) 3 12 Forkball 0 – 4.2 Monstrosity 4 Split Finger 7 2 13 Eephus Pitch 0 – 2.2 Disaster 5 Curveball 7 3 14 *Palm Ball Ejected 6 Sinker 6.1 3 15 *Spit Ball **Ejected+ 7 Slider 6 2 *Breaking Ball Injured 8 Changeup 6 3 *Fosh Rain Interrupted 9 Slurve 5 2 *Knuckle Curve Pitch Count ** = Suspended * = A 2nd Pitch Also

 

STATS

APOCALYPTIC

HORSEMEN

Cliff Lee

CLIFF’S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K & 93 DARTS

 

ACE W – L ERA INN+ CONV CG SO BAD INN H R ER BB IBB SO Total 26 – 20 3.46 6.2 49 of 69 2 2 9 476.0 446 192 183 93 2 437 Halladay 08 – 07 4.02 7.0 13 of 20 0 0 5 130.0 123 058 058 24 0 104 Lee 04 – 07 3.52 6.2 18 of 24 0 0 2 168.2 174 069 066 26 0 161 Hamels 14 – 06 2.99 6.2 18 of 25 2 2 2 177.1 155 065 059 43 2 172

 

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Check out my previous publications (Parity For 2013) and the 99 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page, where there is an excerpt photo.

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