Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/15/12

Even Roy Halladay encountered it before rejoining the Philadelphia Phillies.  What team did he face in Clearwater on Thursday?

TAL’S HANDY CAPS

 

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-5 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastVance WorleyFour-Star Performance
During A 2 For 3 Night With 2 Insurance RBI
The Penthouse

Vance Worley
Jonathan Papelbon
Chase Utley

Chooch Ruiz
Shane Victorino2 Both-Earned Runs Over 6.2 Innings
5-Out Save With An In-Danger 8th
Singled In A 1st-Inning Run For A 1-0 Lead
During His 3 For 5 Night
Blasted A 3-RBI Bomb For A 4-0 Score In The 1st
An RBI Triple For A Huge Insurance Tally In The 9th
During His 2 For 5 Evening Rally Tal & Cap4 RegularsA Double, Single, Walk & A Homerun In The 4-Run 1st The Fun House Of MirrorsVance Worley
Chooch Ruiz
Shane Victorino
John Mayberry Jr.Went Swimming After His 1st Base Hit For '12 In The 2nd
Committed His 3rd 2012 Catcher's Interference In The 4th
Gunned Down A Bone Head In The 4th For A DP
In The On-Deck Circle Instead Of Cinco Ocho
The Rox Did Not Issue An IBB To Chooch With 2 Outs The GlasshouseBrian Sanches8th-Inning Blow Up In A Must Survive Win The Outhouse2B Ump Jerry MealsCalled Out Chase Utley On A Questionable Call In The 9th
It Prevented Chooch's AB To See The Rox Approach

 

 

The Vanimal Doubles In 2 Insurance Runs In The 6th

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

What It Would Take:

 

The answer is that only a miracle will save the red pinstripes, like 2007. At this point most will feel these examples are only signposts on the way to a witches‘-brew summer. The first clue appeared on July 4th with the 1st win for Cliff Lee, which was their only victory over the previous 12 decisions. He, naturally, lost when every other member of the rotation recorded wins. Independence Day was the freeing occasion and not July 3, while we waited for someone else to chalk up a W.

Magic Juan Swipes 2nd In The 6th

 

The other ace had his rehab in Florida against the Miracle, the Fort Myers Miracle. The same word was used to describe what the Phils require. Then, there are the potential bookends of 2007 and 2012. We, coincidentally, faced the Rox in the ‘07 NLDS, and that’s the organization a supernatural event has to be initiated against. Colorado was swept by Boston that year, which had Jonathan Papelbon as their hammer. The locals have never secured a wildcard, and they haven’t slipped in to capture a pennant or a World Series either. They’ve done the unexpected but not the impossible.

Vic Triples In J-Roll During The 9th For A Cushion

 

 

The must-see development before the play-ball call today was the next matchup after the 13th. Lee was triumphant on his 14th attempt and this was the 1st shot after Friday the 13th. And now that he has absorbed another L on his ledger, perhaps, the baseball gods have been accommodated. That said, the squad–like Lee–had to produce a victory before accelerating up the standings. The opposing hurler, also, had 13 starts before this effort. The 2nd battle for the 2nd half was a win, which keeps 2012 on life support. Will Doc arrive in the nick of time?

 

King Cole Throws A Clean 7th On July 10 At The All-Star Game In Kansas City

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

He has had difficult outings to begin 2011, 2012 and the 2nd half of ‘11.  However, he threw a clean inning at the All-Star Game, which could have kept him sharp.  His line against The Rox at the Bank in mid-June was:  8 complete, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 7 punch outs on 113 bullets.

 

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cole Hamels10-4, 3.20 ERA@ RockiesLHP Drew Pomeranz1-3, 3.06 ERASunday,Late Day 1RHP Joe Blanton7-8, 4.98 ERA@ DodgersLHP Chris Capuano9-4, 2.91 ERAMonday, Late Night 2RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 3.98 ERA@ DodgersRHP Nathan Eovaldi1-5, 4.21 ERATuesday, Late Night 3LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.92 ERA@ DodgersLHP Clayton Kershaw7-5, 2.84 ERAWednesday, Late Day

 

Drew Pomeranz Loads Up A 3-Finger Change In The 7th On July 6 In Washington

 

 

Drew Pomeranz:

 

He has allowed only 1 unearned run in 2 July appearances since returning to the parent club.  In both performances he went at least 6 full.  For 2012, he has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 2 of 7 opportunities 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.

 

HURLERCole HamelsDrew Pomeranz NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTThreeFour FOR 20123-Quarters Sidearm3-Quarters Sidearm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories2nd of 5 Categories LAST STARTSinker*Split Finger** LAST HIGH OR LOW6th of 15 Categories4th of 15 Categories

 

 

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* 1 notch & ** 2 clicks (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick DOWN, ** 2 Ticks 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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