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Cole Hamels was the first part of retooling for the Philadelphia Phillies.  What other changes can you expect for ‘13?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-0 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCole HamelsDouble Four-Star Performance The PenthouseJimmy Rollins
Chase Utley
Juan Pierre

Cole HamelsTook 3rd To Set Up A Potential Rally In The 3rd *
RBI Double To Take A 1-0 Lead In The 3rd
RBI Triple In The 4th For A 3-0 Score
During His 3 For 5 Evening With 1 RBI
CG Shutout With 5 K's The Big HouseOpposing RFRobbed Erik Kratz Of An RBI Double In The 2nd Greenhouse Cholley's ShoesJimmy Rollins* Went 1st To 3rd On A Carom Off The Pitcher In The 3rd The Leather WarehouseErik KratzGunned Down The Runner At 3rd For A CS To End The 3rd House CallNate SchierholzPlaced On The DL With A Broken Toe

Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play

Ryno Presents King Cole With The CG, SO Ball


Decisions For 2013:

As the schedule unfolds, new options appear to evolve quickly. Erik Kratz is a younger and less expensive backup catcher. Kevin Frandsen challenges Michael Martinez for the reserve infield role. The outfield of Dom Brown, John Mayberry Jr. and Nate Schierholtz has 2 question marks with one bat on the DL. The free-agent market for third sackers is thin, when you consider the aging names of Scott Rolen and Polly Polanco. Both have recently missed time and Rolen’s numbers are way down.

Ryno Keeps His Eyes On The Ball In The 3rd After Kevin Frandsen’s All-Out Effort

Brown is claiming 1 spot, and Juan Pierre is an affordable .300 stick with lineup versatility. At this point the relief corps is Antonio Bastardo, Josh Lindblom, Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst. That leaves 2 openings in the ‘pen and 1 position job. Mayberry, Schierholtz and 3B Freddy Galvis have to fill 2 of 3 holes. Michael Martinez is listed below as the 25th man, because he can be replaced by a FA, which would probably be an outfielder. This is for computational purposes only because an infield sub is necessary.

New Uniform But Same Reyes With Cole’s Tag In The 1st

Martinez, Schierholtz, Mayberry and Galvis earn approximately $500K each, which means that 1 of the outfielders would possibly be replaced. According to my revised payroll calculation, Rube Amaro has $161.5M of $178M in the budget. That leaves $16.75M with the addition of the $500K (25th player) to be included from a slot in the fly-ball patrol. Michael Bourne, David Wright or Josh Hamilton and 2 relievers doesn’t fit under the $178M competitive-balance threshold. Plus, Bourne is represented by Scott Boras, who moves deliberately slow in contrast to Amaro’s quickness.

Of the available talent, Rube needs someone at the hot corner or near the warning track and 2 veteran relievers–one a $4M 8th-frame setup vet.  CF Torii Hunter and bullpen arms Grant Balfour, Rafael Betancourt, Clay Hensley, Brandon League or Mike Adams are possible targets.  Hunter, Adams and Hensley would run $13.5M to $16.5M.

DOLLARSALLOCATIONPLAYERS $75.00MCore FourRollins, Utley, Howard & Hamels $56.50M2 Aces & The CloserHalladay, Lee & Papelbon $04.25M2 StartersWorley & Kendrick $07.50M5 PositionsRuiz, Brown, Pierre, Mayberry & Galvis $07.75MBenchWigginton, Nix, Schierholtz, Kratz & Martinez $02.50M4 of 6 Bullpen SeatsBastardo, Lindblom, Schwimer, Horst & Buyout (Contreras) $08.00MSet Aside$5M (Trading Deadline) & $3M (Achieved Incentives) $164MTOTAL23 Of 25 Roster Spots

Kyle Kendrick Dials Up A 4-Seam Fastball At The Bank On August 8 Against The Braves


Kyle Kendrick:

Cholley Manuel told him to stop looking over his shoulder, trust his stuff, and attack the strike zone.  He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 5 of 15 efforts with 6 debacles.  Against the Fish at the Bank in early June, his line was:  5.1 frames, 8 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 strikeouts on 93 pills.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Kyle Kendrick4-9, 4.86 ERA@ MiamiRHP Josh Johnson7-8, 3.88 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Doc Halladay6-6, 3.80 ERA@ MiamiLHP Mark Buehrle9-11, 3.80 ERAWednesday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee2-7, 3.85 ERA@ BrewersRHP Marco Estrada0-5, 4.36 ERAThursday, Night 2RHP Vance Worley6-7, 3.97 ERA@ BrewersRHP Yovani Gallardo,11-8, 3.78 ERAFriday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels13-6, 2.91 ERA@ BrewersRHP Mike Fiers6-5, 2.63 ERASaturday, Evening

Josh Johnson Releases His Pitch On August 9 In New York

Josh Johnson:

He is 5-4 with a 3.25 home ERA, which is 1.48 lower than on the road.  He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 10 of 23 showings with 6 clunkers.  At both parks for 1 each against the Phils, his ledger reads:  1-1, 6.52 ERA, 9.2 frames, 15 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 4 walks (1 intentional) and 7 whiffs.

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average

Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.

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

HURLERKyle KendrickJosh Johnson NUMBERA FiveA One CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012 Short ArmSidearm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballChangeup LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories8th 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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also



COLE'S LINE: 9 INN, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K & 113 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total21 - 193.466.241 of 59228408.1376164157802373 Halladay06 - 063.807.010 of 16004104.1093044044170085 Lee02 - 073.857.014 of 20002140.1148061060240130 Hamels13 - 062.916.217 of 23222163.2141059053392158


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