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Before Jonathan Papelbon in the ‘pen, what reliable gun do the Philadelphia Phillies have?  What free agents would you select from the list below? TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many summer-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: Bullets aplenty CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    12-6 Slugfest TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastRyan HowardThree-Star Performance
The PenthouseJimmy Rollins

Dom Brown
Ryan HowardLeadoff HR In The 1st For A 1-0 Lead
RBI Double In The 5th During His 2 For 5 Night
RBI Stretched-It Double In The 5th
3-Run HR To Tie It At 6 In The 5th
On His 2 For 4 Evening The Kangaroo Courthouse Kyle Kendrick
Josh LindblomAllowed A 2-Out, 2-RBI Double To The Pitcher In The 2nd
Forgot About The Runner On 1st In The 7th (SB) The WorkhouseKyle Kendrick
Tim Hudson50-Pitch 2nd Inning
25 Pitches In His 1-Out 5th The Bathhouse Kyle Kendrick
Tim HudsonHit The Showers In The 4th
5th-Inning Shower Rally Tal & Cap5 Runs, 5 PlayersSingle (Frandsen), RBI Doubles (J-Roll & Dom),
HBP (Chase) & 3-Run Bomb (Ryno) In The 5th J-Roll Strolls The Bases In The 1st NITECAP INSIGHT The Abyss: It is the 8th and sometimes the 7th when the starter is done. But Cinco Ocho is 3 to 6 outs away. The red pinstripes have an array of green talent that is not ready for that prime role. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst could handle the 6th or 7th. Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom could have first shot at the 7th. Mike Stutes, David Herndon, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus and Phillippe Aumont are the others in the mix. That said, Rube Amaro needs 1 or 2 veteran endgame hurlers. The 1st-Pitch HR Was A Sign Of Things To Come He has approximately $13.5M for a third baseman and 2 relievers:  I broke down the dollars in a recent article that is marked below. Rube should chase Clay Hensley and 1 of the other 4. Hensley did 8th-inning set-up in Miami during 2011. Mike Adams was on Amaro’s radar last year, and he would be a good signing. Grant Balfour is a set-up man and he had 7 saves in 9 chances, while he temporarily filled that designation during April. Brandon League is the youngest, and he lost his 9th-frame job at the end of May after 6 BS in 15 tries. Rafael Betancourt was the hammer in Colorado for 2012 with 19 saves out of 23 opportunities. The longtime 8th-slot occupant became the closer by default. There is help on the horizon for our beleaguered bullpen, which gives Rube something to digest over the winter. Right-Handed Hired Guns: HURLERAGE2012 $ERAGMSGOODOKBAD Mike Adams34$4.40M2.974431310 Grant Balfour35$4.00M2.725242109 Rafael Betancourt38$4.25M2.704134007 Brandon League30$5.00M3.865034313 Clay Hensley33$750K3.354831512 (No lefties among the known names) Doc Dials Up A Cutter At The Bank On August 4 Against The Diamondbacks PRECAP PITCH Doc Halladay: His last outing was his first ace game during a health-plagued campaign, which means he is back.  His only appearance against the Cards was in St. Louis, and he went on the DL immediately afterward. STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Doc Halladay5-6, 4.02 ERACardinalsRHP Kyle Lohse12-2, 2.79 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee2-6, 3.78 ERACardinalsRHP Jake Westbrook11-8, 3.76 ERASaturday, Night 3RHP Vance Worley6-7, 3.83 ERACardinalsRHP Lance Lynn13-5, 3.52 ERASunday, Day 1LHP Cole Hamels12-6, 3.14 ERA@ MiamiRHP Nathan Eovaldi3-7, 4.33 ERAMonday, Night Kyle Lohse Loads Up During The 2nd Inning At Home On August 5 Against The Brewers Kyle Lohse: He is 6-1 with a 3.19 away ERA, which is 0.79 lower at home. He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 13 of 23 efforts with 4 clunkers.  At home against the Phils in late May, his line was:  6.1 frames, 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 HBP, 0 walks and 0 strikeouts on 98 tosses. 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 HalladayKyle Lohse NUMBERA OneA Three CLUB SLOTOneThree FOR 2012Short ArmOver The Top '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter*Curveball** LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories5th of 15 Categories DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by * 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.) * 1 Tick UP, ** 2 Ticks UP 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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = 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 Green Machine) and the 89 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: Bullets aplenty (Horsemen Stats) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Reassembling the red pinstripes (The Article) Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 110 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 109
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