Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/9/12

Cole Hamels is the top priority for the Philadelphia Phillies, including any direction they take.  And, remember, Rube Amaro has done his due diligence to re-up the other stars of this championship-oriented core.  Do you ink Jimmy Rollins to his favorable agreement with your stud lefty in his walk year?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-3 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Penthouse Jason Pridie2-RBI HR For The Lead In The 2nd
RBI Double For A 3-2 Advantage In The 4th The Kangaroo CourthouseCF Jason PridieRunner Turned A Single Into A Double On Him In The 4th The Leather WarehouseRyan HowardDove To Bag For The Out On A Speedster In The 5th The Big HouseOpposing RFJuan Pierre Was Robbed Of A Double In The 5th

This is an article that got buried by the return of Ryan Howard,  and I decided to publish an updated version.

( The Before preceded the last outing by King Cole.

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trading Hamels?)

Jason Pridie Provided The Offense With His 2nd-Inning Bomb

NITECAP INSIGHT

The After:

Despite the fact that the club is among the sellers in the standings, I would be surprised by a trade of King Cole. When you figure 8 games behind the second wild-card spot as the boundary, there are 8 organizations on the wrong side. The red pinstripes are at the 10 mark, which is in front of only 6 other franchises. The other 7 total are: Kansas City (9 out), Minnesota (10.5), Seattle (11.5), San Diego (13), the Cubs (13), Colorado (13) and Houston (13.5). The GM may deal Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Polly Polanco or Hunter Pence, but not the young southpaw.

How Can It Be A 1st-Inning Strike, If It’s Not A Strike?

The driving force behind a team with the framework for more than one title is rooted in central characters who have experienced many losing summers together. They are mostly farm-system products, because the club had early draft picks due to numerous abysmal campaigns. Hamels, Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are the heart of the beast. These are the stars at the beginning of the line for the paymaster’s window. J-Roll’s new contract and Ryno’s deal indicate the mechanism in place for Cole to remain a Phillie.

Atlanta leads for the 2nd wild card and the other is held by Cincinnati. The Mets have a porous defense with a weak bullpen, and they are looking for another closer. Tim Lincecum lost his fastball last year and he can no longer get by on his reputation. The Braves have pitching problems and their sticks mostly carry them, which is why they are streaky. The Fish added Carlos Lee to fill a 1st-base hole. However, Giancarlo Stanton is now out for 1-2 months, and Heath Bell was a 1-year hammer. The Reds, Cards and Bucs will beat each other.

The 5th-Inning Theft Of A Double By Magic Juan

Utley is better than last season, Howard is ready to make an impact, and Doc Halladay will probably start the 4th contest after the break. Then, there is the lineup for the 2nd half:  Rollins (1), Juan Pierre (2), Utley (3), Howard (4), Chooch Ruiz (5), Pence (6), Victorino (7) and Polanco (8). There is no doubt in my mind that the bats, gloves, and most of the arms are strong. The only exception is for the 7th and 8th innings. Their biggest need is a decent reliever for the backend.

After their rock-bottom finish for the first half, Amaro has to make retooling plans, which can only be postponed with a strong 6 battles in Colorado and Los Angeles. Don’t confuse that with rebuilding, but it might feature rookies as well, like Tyler Cloyd. If Kyle Kendrick stumbles, Cloyd could slot 5th behind Vance Worley and the 3 aces. But it could also include the return of FA Michael Bourne for all anybody knows.

Ryno Dives For The 5th-Inning Out

The Phils have big commitments with Halladay ($20M), Cliff Lee ($25M), Howard ($20M), Utley ($15M), Jonathan Papelbon ($13M) and Rollins ($11M) for a total of $104M. Rube’s favored acquisitions are the best pitchers and those 3 are in the list above. That list also contains every member of the core four except for Cole, who arrived at fulltime status in 2007. Hamels is the only player to fit in both categories. And don’t forget billionaire John S. Middleton, who approved the dollars for Lee.

The General Commands A 3rd-Inning Fastball On July 4 In Queens

PRECAP PITCH

Cliff Lee:

He has had the weight lifted from his shoulders, has a recharging break in progress, and an entire second half ahead.  Look for him to go on a dominant run or two, beginning in Denver.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1LHP Cliff Lee1-5, 3.98 ERA@ RockiesLHP Christian Friedrich4-6, 5.98 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Vance Worley4-5, 3.54 ERA@ RockiesRHP Jeremy Guthrie3-8, 6.05 ERASaturday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels10-4, 3.20 ERA@ RockiesLHP Drew Pomeranz1-3, 3.06 ERASunday,Late Day

Christian Friedrick Loads Up A Fastball On July 5 In St. Louis

Christian Friedrich:

He has lasted 7 frames in 2 of 12 attempts with 4 monstrosities at home (5 total).  He is 1-3 with a 9.62 ERA at Coors for 5 appearances.  However, he will be limited to 75 bullets with their 4-man rotation.

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.

HURLERCliff LeeChristian Friedrich NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoTwo FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter*Forkball LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories12th 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

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

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