Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/30/12

The empty hot corner will probably belong to someone other than Chase Utley for the Philadelphia Phillies in April. Who would be better than Freddy Galvis?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    9-5 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance
The PenthousePete Orr

Chase Utley

Dom Brown
Chooch Ruiz
* Smoked A 2-RBI Gap Double To Close
Within 1 Run In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Game
Stroked A 2-Run Single To Tie It Up At 4 In The 5th
During His 2 For 4 Night With A SB, A BB & 3 RBI
A 2-Out RBI Triple To Take A 5-4 Advantage In The 5th
Smacked A 2-Run Double To Open A 7-4 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 5 Evening The WorkhouseHome SP* A 39-Pitch 2nd Inning The Leather Warehouse1B Darin RufMade A Spectacular Over-The-Shoulder Catch
Of A Foul In The 5th The Fun House Of MirrorsHome RF

The DefenseTakes 1st On A SO WP & 2nd After A Throw (E2)
To The Bag In The 8th
A SO WP With The Bags Full & A DP Tag At The Plate
To End The 8th House CallRyan Howard
Tyler CloydSeason-Ending Big Toe Injury
Shut Down With A Dead Arm


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



Jimmy & Chase Score Consecutive Runs In The 7th






The Icy Corner:


Many fans in every MLB city are under the mistaken belief that free agents (plural) are always available to fill any roster spot. They also are unaware that parity has arrived even for the Yankees, because the new CBA is unfriendly to those who exceed the competitive-balance-tax threshold. That translates into organizations re-signing their home-grown talent, like Cole Hamels. Franchises retain their best players and drop the others.

The SO WP DP At Home In The 8th

Contracts have also been more prophylactic. As you can see in the table below, there isn’t much to be had at third base. Most intriguing is that 2 of them have options for 2013. Polly Polanco has a $5.5M mutual one and Kevin Youkilis has a $13M club type. There are also 2 third sackers with team options: David Wright has one for $16M and Mark Reynolds has the other at $11M. The Mets will hold onto Wright, if for no other reason than to deal him by next July 31. Reynolds swings for the fences during every at-bat and is not a good fit here.

Scott Rolen and Polanco are both extreme health risks.  Youkilis will probably not be available, but Rube Amaro is more likely to make a trade than go in that direction.  The best choice is probably with Galvis at third base.  At least, Rube will have something to pick from in centerfield, but that position isn’t overflowing either.  If the brain trust was open to Utley at 3rd, they should have no problem with Freddy on that corner either.


Potential Free Agents:

PLAYER & AGE2012 $GMSAVG.HRRBIBB - IBB Kevin Youkilis, 33 $12.50M119.237196051 - 2 Scott Rolen, 37$06.50M088.243073730 - 0 Polly Polanco, 37$06.25M090.257021918 - 1



Cole Dials Up A Cutter In The 3rd At The Bank On September 25 Against The Nats






Cole Hamels:


After struggling to get wins during the last few years, he goes into this game with almost half of the 33 aces’ victories.  He has faced the Fish four times in both venues (2 each) with this log:  1-3, a 3.54 ERA, 28 total, 29 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 8 walks (2 intentional) and 27 punch outs.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cole Hamels16-06, 3.11 ERA@ MarlinsRHP Nathan Eovaldi03-06, 4.29 ERASunday, Day 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


Nate Eovaldi Delivers His Pitch On September 25 In Atlanta




Nate Eovaldi:


He is 3-6 and has a 4.42 ERA, going 6.2 innings or more in 3 of 11 opportunities with 3 debacles.  Overall, he has worked 6.2 frames plus in 4 of 21 efforts with 6 clunkers.  Against the Phils for 3 outings at 3 different parks (1 in Los Angeles), his ledger reads:  0-3, a 6.43 ERA, 14 complete, 22 hits, 11 runs (10 earned), 7 free passes and 8 strikeouts.


DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON 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


HURLERCole HamelsNate Eovaldi NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFour FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th 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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also





DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total33 - 223.496.158 of 842212569.25402332211132542 Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250007156.11550780780360132 Lee06 - 083.126.123 of 290002205.02050760710280200 Hamels16 - 063.116.220 of 302203208.11860790720492210




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