Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/22/12

Carlos Ruiz is the battery mate of the 3 best starters and top closer in the MLB.  He is a 5th ace.  Can he continue to carry the club on his back?





Penthouse Occupancy for the 2-1 outcome:  1

The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Kyle Kendrick.

Kyle Kendrick Records The Out After His Wild Pitch In The 3rd (The After Photo Is On The Excerpt Page)

He had his best outing of this tour, accumulating 7 complete and permitting only 2 both-earned runs.

The Leather Warehouse applauded Kendrick for his play at the dish after a wild pitch bounced away from Ruiz with a runner on 3rd. He took the high throw from him and athletically maneuvered to apply the 3rd-out tag.

The Kangaroo Courthouse fined Polly Polanco for his blunder on the base paths in the 6th.



I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.


Check out  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies



If you were directed here by a feed and this review does not mention yesterday’s contest, please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. (Early morning readers may arrive before the latest post.) Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you.

Vic's End-Of-The-Barrel Two-Bagger In The 6th






The MVP For The Red Pinstripes:


Nobody in this franchise wants a championship more than Ruiz. He is totally obsessed with it, he even desires it more than Doc Halladay, and that says it all. That is how he has presented himself during interviews that explain his effort. Most stars can contain that with a professional exterior, but he cannot hide his extreme anticipation, which is why he is Dave Montgomery’s favorite player. The squad is 5-3 (.625) since he’s been in the 5 hole, and they’ve scored 39 runs (4.9 per) to 31 (3.9) for their opponents.

Polly Tries To Go Around The Tag In The 6th

The table below illustrates his performance there, and it also has affected Hunter Pence over the last 8 battles. Freddy Galvis has been invigorated during this stretch too. I cannot say for certain that the pressure is–slightly–off the rookie with the victories and offense, but I have good reason to suspect that. Polanco, John Mayberry Jr. and Shane Victorino may be feeling more relaxed as well.

The receiver has learned from Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer. They affected Joe Blanton and Kendrick too, while last year Vance Worley was influenced by the first four. In 2010, Chooch was on the verge of an All-Star spot, but he got injured, snuffing that out. This go-round he is worthy of the starting role, and he will get a huge lift in the voting from the Philly faithful. The next 2 games, like the last 4, show that this campaign is far from over; and even with 2 missing cogs, this unit is dangerous.


POS.PLAYERAVG.ABHBBRHRRBISBCS 1 - SSJ-Roll.2222706750720 2 - 3BPolly.3331505231200 3 - CFVic.2673008620340 4 - RFHunter.3553111563500 5 - CChooch.4172410161720 6 - 1BMayberry.2592707330100 7 - 2BFreddy.3133210132600 8 - LFMagic Juan.1922605010110


The Doctor Performs Surgery On The Cubs At Wrigley On May 17








Doc Halladay:


He continues to provide solid performances with only 1 recent exception.  Without that clunker, he is 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA, which is the number one most rivals face.  The situation with Washington enhances the motivation that brings out his best.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Doc Halladay4-3, 3.22 ERANatsRHP Jordan Zimmermann2-4, 2.58 ERATuesday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels6-1, 2.48 ERANatsRHP Edwin Jackson1-1, 3.31 ERAWednesday, Night 1RHP Joe Blanton4-4, 3.74 ERA@ CardsRHP Jake Westbrook 4-3, 2.41 ERAThursday, Night

Jordan Zimmermann Labors On May 17 At Home Against The Bucs




Jordan Zimmermann:


He wilted in the 7th inning against Hamels, and the competition just went up a notch with the Doctor.  He finished against the Phils at home with this line:  6 INN, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K & 91 bullets.



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.



HURLERDoc HalladayJordan Zimmerman NUMBERA OneA Three CLUB SLOTOneThree FOR 20123-Quarters SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveballScrewball LAST HIGH OR LOW5th of 15 Categories10th 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



The Core :  Check it out.

The Wizard:  More to come.


Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Oswalt, parity’s casualty (Monday)


Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade chips (Friday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (Thursday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (Tuesday)




The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac.  That is the feed system that had dogged me an entire month, but it allows me now to probe for a compatible solution.  This only involves readers who were directed here from Fox Sports.  The links in this section were recently passed over by a computer’s judgment.  Does the national-and-all-major-sports machine understand Phillies commentary better than local fans?  I discovered that the buttons and lights objected the most to the storyline when I submitted only that part.  So, when the electrodes decide a Nitecap Insight isn’t to their liking, I’ll give my transferred readers a viewing opportunity the next day.  I’ll keep score of acceptable to rejected submissions, because I don’t want a large readership excluded or my time wasted.




TAL 6 – MAC 4


Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Creaky basement stairs (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less (3)


TRACKING MAC:  The machine has issued my articles 6 ones, 3 twos and 1 three.



If the algorithm okays this commentary for a full audience, Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  Chase’s on 1st?  is tomorrow’s review.

If not, it will be the 2nd in The Wizard Series, which is Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  Oswalt’s options




There are previews–time permitting–of my next storyline at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook.  Join for notification of future glimpses, which will be almost daily.  You’ll also know immediately when my isportsweb post goes up.  It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds.

Check out my previous publication (The Wizard Series) and the 54 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo.

Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked the Phillies page.



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