Jeremy Horst of the Philadelphia Phillies has his opportunity to shine. Will he be a bullpen fixture or a beer leaguer?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-2 OutcomeTYPEPLAYERREASON The Penthouse Ryan Howard
Jimmy RollinsAn RBI Sac-Fly For A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
A 2-Out RBI Double For A 2-1 Score In The 2nd The WhitehouseTyler CloydHis MLB Debut (A Start) The Fun House Of MirrorsJuan PierreBlasted A Single High Off The The RF Wall In The 1st The Kangaroo CourthouseTyler CloydAllowed An RBI Game-Tying Single To The Visiting SP In The 2nd House CallVance WorleyPlaced On The DL
Tyler Cloyd Makes His MLB Debut In The 1st
The Future Relief Corps:
Firstly, Rube Amaro cannot go into next season with 6 of these young guns, and that includes a spectacular non-stretch-run span through September by them–one or more. He will have to acquire 1 or 2 free agents until this group is ready. Basically, there are 11 hurlers for 4 jobs. From last year Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley, Mike Stutes and John Mayberry Jr. have not duplicated their success. The NL catches up with unfamiliar personnel after 3-4 months, but it can be sooner or later.
The young denizens beyond the short centerfield fence fall into 4 categories. The first is the most experienced, which includes Bastardo and Josh Lindblom. There are varying degrees of performance from Horst, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg and Joe Savery. Then, there are the healing warriors: Mike Stutes, David Herndon and Michael Schwimer. Lastly, there are greenest of the bunch, and they are Phillippe Aumont and Justin De Fratus.
Big John Makes A Strong Attempt To Snag One In The First
Bastardo has lost a little on his fastball, but it is his confidence after facing adversity that he has to overcome. Lindblom hasn’t been here long enough for me to form a strong opinion, but he does struggle attacking the strike zone at times. Horst has been the brightest light on this stage, and he has occasionally worked some of Bastardo’s innings. These 3 have the inside track to be in the ‘pen on opening day.
The next 3 are strong possibilities but have to prove they are healthy. Stutes was sparkling for his first 7 weeks, but only 50-50 during the final 3.5 months, which creates doubt about his control or his need to make adjustments. Herndon was streaky with extended good and bad stretches. Schwimer was excellent in an earlier role, but had difficulty during the 8th before disclosing a sore arm.
De Fratus was successful in low-stress chances during last September, while Aumont has only two appearances so far. Diekman is only a possible lefty specialist until he corrals his location issues. Joe Savery is the longest shot in this weapon’s locker, and B.J. Rosenberg can blow up at any time. Horst has claimed the 2nd southpaw spot, while Rosenberg, Diekman and Savery will probably be at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in April. Baring new developments, there are 8 relievers and 4 seats for the 6th and 7th frames. The good news is that Rube recently said that this is his initial must-fix area after the current campaign.
Kyle Kendrick Dials Up A 4-Seam Fastball At The Bank On August 24 Against The Nats
He is 3-0 with an 0.83 ERA in his last 3 efforts. He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 8 of 18 outings with 5 debacles.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Kyle Kendrick7-9, 4.12 ERAMetsLHP Jon Niese10-7, 3.51 ERAThursday, Day 1RHP Doc Halladay8-7, 3.88 ERA@ BravesLHP Mike Minor7-10, 4.71 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee3-7, 3.67 ERA@ BravesRHP Tim Hudson 13-4, 3.57 ERASaturday, Late Day
Jon Niese Prepares A Cutter In The 2nd At Home On August 24 Against The ‘Stros
He is 5-3 with a 3.10 away ERA, which is 0.76 lower than at home. He has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 15 of 25 showings with 5 clunkers. Against the Phils in both parks (2 each), his ledger reads: 2-0, a 2.55 ERA, 24.2 innings, 14 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 12 free passes and 20 strikeouts.
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 KendrickJon Niese NUMBERA FiveA Three CLUB SLOTFourTwo FOR 2012 Short ArmSidearm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveball ***Curveball LAST HIGH OR LOW5th of 15 Categories5th 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
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