Cole Hamels mulls over the latest offer from the Philadelphia Philles, while the team teeters on the border between breath and death. Can they re-sign Hamels and keep a pulse?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 7-2 OutcomeTYPEPLAYERREASON The Fun House Of MirrorsThe FreakA Lost-Footing Balk In The 4th The Kangaroo CourthouseVance WorleyWalked The Freak In The 5th
A Bright Spot In The 6th
The Must Clusters:
In order for this squad to have even a remote postseason chance, they need mostly wins. They will have to take every series and sweep every 3rd or 4th one. Remember, they suffered a setback in the first game after the break, which means that 1 loss is survivable by a degree or two.
J-Roll Pilfers A 5th-Inning Bag
In the 3 washouts the reasons separate the weaknesses from the poor performances. The first one, which was coughed up by the bullpen, was in Colorado after Cliff Lee was lifted for a pinch hitter during the 7th. The second was a combination of a strength and a shortcoming. Cholley Manuel successfully played the percentages by burning 4 relievers in order to finish the 9th with a lead for Jonathan Papelbon. His hammer was nailed, and his ‘pen only offered the choice between a lefty specialist or a Triple-A fill-in with checkered MLB numbers. Last night it was a counted-on starter who didn’t succeed, which means a soft spot was not exposed.
J-Roll Waits For The Thief In The 7th
The 3 in the 4-3 mark since the break has been a 50-50 proposition, and the middle relief corps was exposed twice. That’s 4 breakdowns in 7 matchups, which includes the first-and-ninth-frame arms and a weak bullpen. The offense, defense, rotation and the closer are strong, which is what you would expect from a club that had 102 victories last year. King Cole needs to command the Giants from his earthly throw-n, and start earning his expensive contract before the ink is applied.
King Cole Rules On July 15 In Denver
He has a slight advantage at the Bank with a 5-3 record and a 2.76 ERA, which is 0.62 lower than his road average. He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 13 of 18 efforts with 1 debacle.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2LHP Cole Hamels11-4, 3.07 ERAGiantsRHP Matt Cain10-3, 2.56 ERASaturday, Late Day 3RHP Joe Blanton8-8, 4.79 ERAGiantsLHP Barry Zito8-6, 3.75 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 3.96 ERABrewersLHP Randy Wolf3-6, 5.60 ERAMonday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.72 ERABrewersRHP Zack Greinke9-3, 3.57 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.82 ERABrewersRHP Marco Estrada0-4, 4.10 ERAWednesday, Day
Matt Cain Delivers A 2nd-Inning Pitch At Home On July 15 Against The ‘Stros
He is 5-1 with a 3.28 away ERA, which is 1.32 higher than by the Bay. He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 14 of 18 attempts with 1 clunker. He faced the Phils at home in mid-April with a CG, SO 2-hitter, walking 1 and striking out 4 on 91 darts.
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.
HURLERCole HamelsMatt Cain NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTThreeTwo FOR 20123-Quarters SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter*Curveball* LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories5th 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
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