Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14

The unexpected element is a plus for Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Have you noticed the recent transactions in the NL East?



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Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Plan B

CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    7-6 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastChooch RuizFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse

Ryan Howard
Cliff Lee
Erik Kratz
Chooch Ruiz
Hunter Pence
Jonathan PapelbonSingled To Tie It Up In The 1st
Worked Out Of A Bags-Full, 1-Out Jam In The 5th
2-Run HR To Ignite The 8th
3-Steak Double To Knot The Score At 6 In The 8th
Singled To Take A 7-6 Lead In The 8th
Closed It Out 1-2-3 With A Punch-Out Ender The WhitehouseCliff Lee
Michael SchwimerPicked-Off The Runner At 3rd In The 5th
1st MLB Victory The Kangaroo CourthouseCliff LeeAllowed A HR To His Mound Opposition In The 7th The Fun HouseCliff LeeTelegraphed The Pick-Off Play Twice In The 5th Greenhouse Cholley's Bags2 RegularsDouble Steal By Vic & Chase In The 8th Rally Tal & Cap7 Players, 6 RunsSingle (Ty), HR (Kratz), 3 BB (Vic, Ut & Ryno), 3-RBI Double
(Chooch) & An RBI Hit (Hunter) In The 8th House CleaningJonathan PapelbonA Clean Save

Chooch Clears The Juiced-Bags In 8th


Uncharted Territory:

After a franchise-record 102 victories, the view north in the standings has been unpleasant for 4 months. However, that has changed this week. Because the red pinstripes don’t fit into the 2 neatly arranged categories of the majors. If you’re not a buyer, you are a seller. If your players are available, you have no hope for the postseason. This thinking is based on the rule and ignores the exception, even when the most recent example was in 2011.

This Is What Cinco Ocho Told Chooch He Had In Mind At The All-Star Game

The Fish traded a starter, a super-utility man, a solid reliever and Hanley Ramirez. The Mets will alter their rotation with a hot prospect now instead of in September. The rarity is that the two organizations in front of the locals are dropping out, which means that the Phils are perceived that way also. The reasoning is that they are a last-place team, but not why they are in that position. New York came up short against contending clubs when the stakes increased. Miami had underperforming personnel, while the hometown 9 had health issues.

Only Jose Contreras did not return, leaving the 8th-frame set-up role open. That said, another variable is that the 3 warriors re-entered the active roster fresh and dangerous. And they have been waiting since February to play. That’s what you see from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. You can expect the same from Doc Halladay when he becomes reacclimated, like the others. This squad has the 1 hole that Contreras was going to plug. Even wildcard competitors have more weaknesses.

Chase Beats The Backend Throw On The 8th-Inning Double Steal

The offense picked up Cliff Lee and the Doctor in this series, which means they will not want that to happen again.  When you add Utley and Howard to Chooch Ruiz with Hunter Pence behind him, you get a threat that can be seen from the mound.  However, it doesn’t show up in the manager’s scouting reports, which say that the Phillies don’t comeback late or batter the opposing relief corps.  Their stud was congratulated after firing only 87 bullets, because the previous night was obviously an aberration.  Stats cannot tell you everything, like–for example–recent hits to the opposite field after approach changes that don’t stand out in the percentages.  These unexpected advantages are where you should look to make sense of their resurgence.  You can anticipate third place shortly, 2 months of winning baseball, and better performances from star cogs.

The Vanimal Delivers At The Bank On July 20 Against The Giants


Vance Worley:

He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 5 of 16 outings with 4 debacles.  That said, he is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA at the Bank, which is 1.73 lower on the road.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Vance Worley5-6, 3.82 ERABrewersRHP Marco Estrada0-4, 4.10 ERAWednesday, Day 1LHP Cole Hamels11-4, 3.23 ERA@ BravesRHP Ben Sheets2-0, 0.00 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Joe Blanton8-8, 4.70 ERA@ BravesRHP Jair Jurrjens3-4, 7.04 ERASaturday, Night 3RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 4.32 ERA@ BravesLHP Mike Minor5-7, 5.49 ERASunday, Day

Marco Estrada Rocks Back On July 20 In Cincinnati

Marco Estrada:

He has been the Kyle Kendrick of the Brew Crew, and is expected to rejoin the ‘pen when Shaun Marcum is reactivated.  Estrada has lasted 7 frames in 2 of 10 attempts with 1 clunker.

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.

HURLERVance WorleyMarco Estrada NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleball*Curveball LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories5th 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 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** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also



CLIFF'S LINE: 7 INN, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K & 96 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total16 - 153.766.233 of 49007335.1318144140692308 Halladay04 - 054.327.008 of 13004083.1082040040150065 Lee01 - 063.967.011 of 17002118.1119053052230112 Hamels11 - 043.236.214 of 19001133.2117051048312131


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