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Since Jonathan Papelbon joined the Philadelphia Phillies, there has been a noticeable change in the late-inning results.  This is now the 3rd consecutive year I’ve observed this magic.  Hitting, defense, winning and losing aren’t the only communicable elements on the 25-man unit.



Penthouse Occupancy for the 1-0 nail-biter:  2

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Cliff Lee.

The Robbery Of J-Rolls's 7th-Frame At-Bat

He fired 10 shutout frames with 7 punch outs, and Freddy Galvis accompanied him to the top of the tower.

The leadoff hitter deliberately called time twice, which disrupted Lee, he moved to 3rd on a no-out broken-bat dunker after singling. The Houdini-like General easily avoided damage with only 7 bullets against the most dangerous lumber on the Giants, moving unscathed to the 2nd frame.

Shane Victorino showed off his leather at the Warehouse with a shoestring catch in the 6th despite the wind. First prize for wares went to Galvis who won the 1st-base-bag foot race over the runner, ending the 10th.

Jimmy Rollins was awarded the Big House Key to jail the opposing shortstop for having a 7th-inning AB fleeced on a foul pop that was fielded spectacularly near the bullpen bump, snow-coned and held after the SS fell onto the pillow-soft 3rd-sacker. Laynce Nix was also robbed in the 10th by the 2B.


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.

The General Slays The Giants For a 10-Shutout-Inning Masterpiece


Inner Light:

The cliché is that I root for every guy–regardless of the job at stake.  Competition is especially keen among mound mates of both divisions.  I have no reason to doubt that thinking.  That said, there is a little explored factor that has had a profound effect in Philly.  I noticed this dynamic when Doc Halladay arrived and with the 4 aces.  And here it is again with Cinco Ocho.  It is visible beyond the stats because you can see it on the hill.

Matt Cain Hurls 9-Scoreless, 2-Hit Frames In The 4th Best Pitching Duel In Baseball History

The makeup of the prominent member determines the squad’s strength. I experienced this phenomenon in the mid-80’s with my band. The original material my writing partner and myself introduced produced an equal quality of excellence from the other musicians. They played up to the quality of the songs. It must be a subliminal aura at work that people achieve up or down by the best of their team. It could explain the level reached against the ability of the competition, as well. It must be the wiring, human nature or an equivalent label.

There are certain stars who raise the caliber of their teammates, like Steve Carlton did on win day. A 27-10 record with a 1.97 ERA accomplished on a 59-97 club. The Doctor works the hardest, is the mental giant on the rubber, and he has perfected the largest, most deadly array of weaponry to dominate. He has no equal in any and all three parts.

In 2010, Cole Hamels excelled within hailing distance of Doc after his doubled arsenal was refined by May 1. Last campaign Doc and Cole took it to another plateau, while Cliff joined them in June. Now, the men with relief corps seating are experiencing that same force since the inclusion of Paps. You should keep an eye on the ERA of the ‘pen names, because something special may just be in its early stages.

The Vanimal Works At The Bank Against The Mets On April 14


Vance Worley:

So far, we’ve seen the early and late versions of the Vanimal from 2011.  Now, he faces a poor hitting team in a cavernous yard against a minor-league replacement.  He has an excellent shot at his first triumph.

STARTERRECORDTEAMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Vance Worley0-1, 3.75 ERA@ PadresRHP Joe Wieland0-1, 10.80 ERAThursday, Late Night 2LHP Cole Hamels1-1, 3.65 ERA@ PadresRHP Edinson Volquez0-1, 4.24 ERAFriday, Late Night 3RHP Doc Halladay3-0, 1.17 ERA@ PadresLHP Cory Luebke1-1, 3.71 ERASaturday, Night 4RHP Joe Blanton1-2, 4.26 ERA@ PadresRHP Anthony Bass0-2, 3.38 ERASunday, Late Day

Joe Wieland Throws During His MLB Debut In LA On April 14

Joe Wieland:

With 2 starters down, he is a 3.52 ERA wing from Triple-A Tucson.  And those were his only 2 scheduled career appearances at Triple-A.  Judging by his MLB debut, he is a long way from the show.

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.

HURLERVance WorleyJoe Wieland NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTScrewballForkball* LAST HIGH OR LOW10th of 15 Categories12th of 15 Categories

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* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick DOWN

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



CLIFF LEE LINE: 10 INN, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K & 102 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total4 - 22.017.06 of 800058.14214137051 Halladay3 - 01.177.03 of 300023.01403034014 Lee0 - 11.967.02 of 300023.01405052018 Hamels1 - 13.657.01 of 200012.11406051019


The next preview of Nitecap Insight is on hold due to reversing publication order after continued feed problems.   It will return shortly at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook.  Join for notification of future glimpses, which will be almost daily.  You’ll also know immediately when my isportsweb post goes up.  It might be worth your while because I have seen delays of 2 hours on feeds.

Check out my previous publication (Plus One), and the 28 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.  Note:  I temporarily have reversed publication order due to feed issues.

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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