Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/4/12
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Joe Blanton became the third member of the Philadelphia Phillies to switch coasts.  But is there a place for Juan Pierre in Philly?

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-2 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Kangaroo CourthouseNate Schierholtz
Kyle KendrickDoubled Off 1st On An OF Putout In The 1st
DP Victim On A Pop Out In The 3rd The Big HouseHP UmpBlew A Game-Tying Call In The 5th

Big John Beat The Tag But Not The Ball Or The Call In The 5th

NITECAP INSIGHT

Dollars And Sense:

Everybody knows that baseball is a business, but many fans fail to grasp the full scope of that. The idea is to make a profit and produce a more appealing ledger. The Phillies have revenues in the millions minus expenses, like payroll, which is why they deducted another $3M from their cost by moving Kentucky Joe. The 3 traded players were owed $9.47M in 2012 dollars, and not the AAV (Average Annual Value) figured for the competitive-balance tax. When the postseason becomes out of reach, the GM adds proceeds by subtracting expenditures:  Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Blanton.

Rube Amaro’s next step is to offer opportunities for young talent in the field and on the mound. This will provide 56 games to evaluate them and coach them for future returns. After the campaign, he will search for his biggest needs, which would be third base and 2 backend relievers. He will assemble the 2013 version by April. Then, he will assess his shortcomings at the half. He won’t spend all of his budget during the off-season; he’ll set aside $5M for July 31.

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Magic Juan, however, falls into a separate category. He has value but he isn’t a drag on the bottom line. He signed for $800K, which is less than double the minimum of $480K. He is owed $266K, which means he may be worth more here. Plus, at $1M he would be a fit to replace any injured outfielders–like Dom Brown–provide offense with a .300 average, and speed off the bench. That stated, how often does he play with LH Nate Schierholtz, LH Brown and RH John Mayberry Jr. in center? Schierholtz and Brown will occasionally patrol center, which would allow Pierre to start against right-handers when the dust settles.

Amaro will need 2 outfielders next year:  Nate and Dom have the first shot to win those jobs.  The others are:  Mayberry, Pierre, Laynce Nix and Michael Martinez.  Schierholtz is hitting second for observational at-bats, because he is the one they know the least about.  If none of them wow the brain trust, Pierre would be the leftfielder, and he is a veteran presence for the youngsters.  Is he a find, like R.A. Dickey was for the Mets?  That said, if two succeed, Rube will put 100% of his bank at third and in the ‘pen.  You want to know what the GM will do?  Watch Schierholtz, Brown and Mayberry.

Doc Kicks Into Gear On July 29 In Atlanta

  

PRECAP PITCH

Doc Halladay:

He continues to round into form, like he would in April.  He will be limited to 110 bullets on the high end, and could eat up 7 innings.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Doc Halladay4-6, 4.33 ERAD-BacksLHP Joe Saunders 5-7, 3.62 ERASaturday, Night 3LHP Cliff Lee2-6, 3.73 ERAD-BacksRHP Trevor Cahill 9-9, 3.75 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Vance Worley6-6, 3.63 ERABravesRHP Ben Sheets3-1, 1.46 ERAMonday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels11-6, 3.34 ERABravesLHP Mike Minor6-7, 5.01 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Kyle Kendrick4-9, 4.45 ERABravesRHP Tim Hudson11-4, 3.45 ERAWednesday, Night

Joe Saunders Dials Up A 4-Seam Fastball At Home On July 29 Against The Mets

Joe Saunders:

He has toiled for 6.1 frames plus in 9 of 17 efforts with 2 clunkers.  And he is 1-2 with a 2.44 away ERA, which is 2.28 lower than at home.

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 HalladayJoe Saunders NUMBERA OneA Three CLUB SLOTOneThree FOR 2012Short ArmSidearm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeupSlider*** LAST HIGH OR LOW8th 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** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

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