Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/16/12

The vultures with their equipment were there to rate Cole Hamels and the other stars of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Do you know why Rube Amaro waited until now before increasing his re-signing efforts for his youngest ace?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-1 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCole HamelsFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Cole Hamels
Chooch Ruiz

Polly Polanco
Hunter PenceA Sterling 8 Innings
2-Out RBI Single For A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
During His 2 For 4 Afternoon
Sac-Fly RBI In The 4th For 2-0, Scoring Chooch
Blasted A 3-RBI Bomb In The 5th To Ice The Win



Hunter Enjoys The View From The Plate Of His 3-Run Missile In The 5th








The Roster Monsters:


They are sprinkled behind the plate in parks where talent languishes on the diamonds of the Royals and other familiar losing locations. The difference makers on also-ran teams are charted for their strengths and weaknesses by contending organizations. Yesterday, scouts from both LA franchises and Texas were there to appraise Hamels. Like the 4-legged animals, these creatures travel in packs. They were, also, there to write reports on other regulars from both clubs. This year the Phils are, currently, on the wrong side of that annual ritual. Other GM’s are evaluating Hamels, Shane Victorino, Cliff Lee, Polly Polanco, Joe Blanton and Hunter Pence with an eye for a bargain.

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I can remember their opinions on Scott Rolen (2002) and Curt Schilling (2000), who would look great in their new uniforms. They were giddy about a top-of-the-rotation hurler or 3-4-5 stick for their postseason chances. Then, Pat Gillick traded Bobby Abreu to dump salary, because New York didn’t want Pat Burrell. That said, the red pinstripes stared to kick up a fuss and Jamie Moyer joined them in August 2006. The Front Office sold in July and bought during August. And we experience this intersection again, but simultaneously.

Victorino, Blanton, Pence and Polanco are the players with expiring contracts, which means management is pruning the payroll unless a run is sustained. Lee wouldn’t bring enough in a deal, and there would be an expectation of sharing his financial burden. The amusing part is that Doc Halladay has to prove he’s injury-free before he earns interest. Then, there is King Cole. Like Doc and Cliff, he will be here next summer with or without a major push for the 2nd wildcard.

No Sale In The 6th

Hamels wanted 7 years at approximately $25M per and Amaro was around $23M for 5 tours.  The midpoint is 6 campaigns at $24M, and for that amount of cash, Rube had to see 2012 unfold.  He didn’t want to take that extra step and have another expensive asset on the DL.  He didn’t want another 2009 performance or a Tim Lincecum.  The Freak saw a drop in his fastball velocity last year, re-upped for $40M+ over 2 seasons, and he is another Barry Zito, so far.  Cole is healthy, has 2.5 dominant summers behind him, and he’ll probably receive from the midpoint to halfway between his demands.  In other words, his offer will be $150M over six tours with options for a seventh or eighth 162.


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Joe Blanton:


He seems to be vulnerable in his final frame, because the 7th and 8th innings have been treacherous territory for the relief corps.  He has to get 3 outs too many at times, because starters don’t have a reliable replacement before Jonathan Papelbon.  That said, he has lasted 6.2 frames plus in 10 of 17 opportunities with 6 monstrosities.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Joe Blanton7-8, 4.98 ERA@ DodgersRHP Nathan Eovaldi1-5, 4.21 ERAMonday, Late Night 2RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 3.98 ERA@ DodgersTBATuesday, Late Night 3LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.92 ERA@ DodgersLHP Clayton Kershaw7-5, 2.84 ERAWednesday, Late Day


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Nathan Eovaldi:


He is their 6th arm and 2 of them are on the 15-day shelf. He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 8 attempts with 2 clunkers.




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.


HURLERJoe BlantonNathan Eovaldi NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveFive FOR 2012Short ArmShort Arm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTScrewballSinker* LAST HIGH OR LOW10th of 15 Categories6th of 15 Categories



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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





COLE'S LINE: 8 INN, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K & 111 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total16 - 153.586.230 of 44005301.2281124120632283 Halladay04 - 053.987.008 of 11003072.1069032032140056 Lee01 - 063.927.009 of 15001103.1105046045210102 Hamels11 - 043.076.213 of 18001126.0107046043282125




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