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Cole Hamels is in ace form for the Philadelphia Phillies after cranking out another strong performance.  Will he be the third member of the staff to earn that hardware?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-3 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCole HamelsA Four-Star Performance The Penthouse John Mayberry Jr.
Erik Kratz
Ryan Howard

Cole Hamels

Jonathan Papelbon* A 2-Run Bomb For A 2-0 Lead In The 2nd
* A Solo Rocket For A 3-0 2nd-Inning Score
An RBI Double For A 4-1 Lead In The 3rd,
Getting Back The Run During His 2 For 4 Night
A Solid 7.2 Innings With 10 K's
An Inside-Move Pick-Off In The 6th
A 4-Out Save The Animal HouseErik Kratz
2 Players* A 2nd-Deck Blast In The 2nd
* Consecutive HR's From Mayberry & Kratz The OuthouseHP UmpA Bad Called Third On A 3-2 Pitch In The 3rd The Fun House Of MirrorsHome Base RunningThe Runner Missed 2nd, Leading To An Inning-Ending Rundown
After The 1st non-HR of 3 Balls Off The Top Of The Wall In This Series House CleaningJonathan PapelbonA Clean 4-Out Performance

Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play

Erik Kratz Goes Yard In The 2nd


The Home Stretch:

While there are many predictions for this year’s candidates, I am reviewing the top-tier hurlers in the sport instead. Not all who blow up speed guns are among the elite arms. A number one needs 3 above-average pitches to be among the best for more than a season or two. The first set of studs in the below table entered this campaign as the top 5. In order to join that group, an ace must put together consecutive summers of excellence. The other categories are:  1 sparkling year, other number ones, and those with health-related issues.

The I-Cannot-Believe-It Moment In The 3rd

Doc Halladay remains in the 1 spot after an injury-plagued 2013, but Hamels and Felix Hernandez have passed Cliff Lee. Lee has had a strange tour, but–unlike Tim Lincecum–he hasn’t completely tanked. The Freak lost his fastball, relied heavily on his changeup, and skirted by due to his reputation in ’11. He still could be a one in ‘13, or he could be at the bottom of the San Francisco rotation with Barry Zito. Baring a miracle, Lincecum won’t begin the next campaign on the top shelf.

Justin Verlander and Matt Cain will be added to the top 4, if they continue their dominance. The same is true of Clayton Kershaw and Jered Weaver. David Price has recaptured his 2011 form and needs to duplicate it for 2 straight. Adam Wainwright had a sterling 2010, missed 2011, and he is still recovering. Josh Johnson hasn’t been disabled but he is still not all the way back either. Zack Greinke had his 2009 Cy Young summer but hasn’t repeated it. Ian Kennedy had a career year (2011), while Ubaldo Jimenez had a half of one (2010) before fading.

The I-Am-So-Caught Realization In The 3rd

Jon Lester and Dan Haren are experiencing down campaigns, while Josh Beckett has alternated greatness with shabbiness since 2005. If he continues this schedule, he’ll be lights-out in 2013. C.C. Sabathia is a certified stud but always falls short of the upper echelon. GM’s didn’t have $10M in March for Roy Oswalt, but 2nd-half-team Texas returned him to the 5-man unit after a bullpen demotion. Chris Carpenter had a relapse of his nerve problems, but he might see some action before this 162 ends. Johan Santana was surprising everyone until his 134-bullet no-hitter, but since then he has had 7 clunkers in his last 10 appearances. I don’t believe that is coincidental, because he had a CG shutout in his prior-to-that start.

Brown Ships The Single By Air In The 3rd Before The Braun Incident

Among the names to look over next summer, Jake Peavy is 31 and having his first strong tour since his 2009 troubles. Then, there are veterans with solid seasons:  Johnny Cueto, Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Vogelson and R.A. Dickey. Plus, the next generation of aces features Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman. Are they having that one big year or will they duplicate their stats, like Hamels, Kershaw and Cain?

CONV =  Converted Start Of 6.1 Innings Or More

INN+ = Minimum Innings For Conversion Number

BAD = Clunker

NOTE:  Click entries button to open more than the visible 10.

NUMBER ONEW - LERAINN+CONVCGSOBAD 1-1Doc Halladay06 - 073.807.011 of 170004 1-2Cliff Lee02 - 073.837.015 of 210002 1-3Cole Hamels14 -062.946.218 of 242202 1-4Felix Hernandez11 - 052.606.121 of 254406
1-5Tim Lincecum06 - 135.457.008 of 250013 2-1Justin Verlander12 - 072.536.117 of 256102 2-2Matt Cain12 - 052.906.118 of 242203 2-3Dan Haren08 - 104.906.108 of 221109 2-4Jon Lester07 - 105.036.214 of 252005 2-5Josh Beckett05 - 105.196.210 of 200006 2-6C.C. Sabathia12 - 033.566.214 of 202002 2-7Zack Greinke10 - 043.816.213 of 250009 3-1Clayton Kershaw11 - 062.906.117 of 252203 3-2Jered Weaver15 - 032.746.114 of 223203 3-3David Price16 - 042.396.120 of 241102 3-4Ian Kennedy10 - 104.356.112 of 241007 3-5Ubaldo Jimenez09 - 125.626.107 of 240008 4-1Adam Wainwright11 - 103.876.112 of 242104 4-2Johan Santana06 - 094.856.107 of 212208 4-3Josh Johnson07 - 093.736.111 of 240006 4-4Jake Peavy09 - 093.116.118 of 244104 4-5Roy Oswalt04 - 026.046.102 of 070003

Kyle Kendrick Delivers His 3rd-Inning Pitch On August 14 In Miami


Kyle Kendrick:

He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 6 of 16 outings with 4 debacles.  Against the Brewers in Philly recently, his relief line was:  1.2 frames, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks (1 intentional) and 2 whiffs on 33 peas.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 4RHP Kyle Kendrick5-9, 4.53 ERA@ BrewersLHP Randy Wolf3-9, 5.65 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Doc Halladay6-7, 3.80 ERARedsRHP Mike Leake5-7, 4.29 ERAMonday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee2-7, 3.83 ERARedsRHP Homer Bailey10-8, 4.16 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Vance Worley6-8, 4.11 ERARedsRHP Bronson Arroyo9-7, 3.96 ERAWednesday, Night 4LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 2.94 ERARedsRHP Johnny Cueto16-6, 2.44 ERAThursday, Night

Randy Wolf Finesses His Offering On August 14 In Denver

Randy Wolf:

He is 2-5 with a 4.74 home ERA, which is 2.21 lower in Milwaukee.  He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 7 of 23 attempts with 9 monstrosities.  During the last series at the Bank, his mark was:  6 full, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 5 strikeouts on 108 finessed tosses.

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 KendrickRandy Wolf NUMBERA FiveA Three CLUB SLOTFiveThree FOR 2012 Short ArmSubmarine '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter *Forkball ** LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories12th of 15 Categories

DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

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

* 1 Tick UP, ** 1 Tick DOWN

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: 7.2 INN, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K & 107 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total22 - 203.476.244 of 62228430.2395174166822402 Halladay06 - 073.807.011 of 17004111.1099047047180092 Lee02 - 073.837.015 of 21002148.0153065063240142 Hamels14 - 062.946.218 of 24222171.1149062056402168


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