Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/14/12

Jonathan Papelbon was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies to protect the victories for the Apocalyptic Horsemen.  However, it wasn’t long before fate intervened.  When you watch these 4 studs, do you completely understand this wealth of talent?



Penthouse Occupancy for the 3-2 triumph:  5

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jimmy Rollins.

J-Roll Eyes His Lead-Off Jack In The 1st

He dazzled twice defensively, and swatted a souvenir for the paying customers in the 1st. He was joined on the top floor by Cole Hamels, Papelbon, Juan Pierre and Brian Schneider.

There were two big 2-out RBI knocks from Schneider (2nd-inning single) and Pierre (5th-frame double). Each had 2 hits in 2 and 4 at-bats respectively. Cole provided another solid–albeit slightly rusty–performance. Cinco Ocho breezed through a clean 1-run save with 2 punch outs.

The Warehouse featured the Keystone Combination. Freddy Galvis read the 1st-inning sac bunt and remarkably covered 1st for the out. J-Roll flashed the leather in the 7th, putting a Mother’s Day bow on King Cole’s outing.

The 1st Infield-Fly-Rule Error I've Ever Witnessed In The 7th

The House Of Mirrors saw an infield-fly-rule error with Chooch Ruiz casually moving to 2nd, while the Pads were indifferent in the 7th.

House Cleaning was supplied by Paps with a 1-2-3 ninth.


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.


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.

Magic Juan Doubles In The 5th


Pure Gold:

I’ve seen the excellent, the god-awful and the .500 Phils. It means I know there are a lot of special players at the Bank. Last year the red pinstripes had a 4-ace rotation, which is every bit the equivalent of Murderer’s Row from 1927. Like then, it was a 1-summer memory that made it unique. By the end of the campaign, Doc Halladay, Cliff Lee and Hamels were the 3 starters at the MLB zenith. That is based on at least 2 consecutive sparkling years. There have been a few organizations with 3 number ones, but no other franchise had 4 or the top 3.

It's Paps Blue-Ribbon Time

After 35 decisions, there are 4 other studs who are among the elite. Felix Hernandez is fourth because his ERA went up over a run per game in ‘11. However, he is back to his 2009-2010 form. After that, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver are in the hunt. So, there are 4 aces who could break up the triumvirate at the summit.

I didn’t think things could improve over the last season unless Roy Oswalt was healthy, like in ‘10. However, I soon realized that Mariano Rivera was making his farewell tour. I wondered who would ascend to the throne, but only Papelbon and Brian Wilson were there. Before you could say strike three, Mo and the Beard had season-ending situations. The end result is the best 3 number ones and the top hammer. That is for most, if not all of 2012.

Kentucky Joe Loads Up During The 4th At The Bank Against The Mets On May 8


Joe Blanton:

Missing most of 2011, he has a renewed appreciation for his profession, and he wants to re-establish his value.  He is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA without the relief effort. He’s only had 1 poor showing in 6 tries.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Joe Blanton3-3, 3.24 ERA'Stros RHP Lucas Harrell2-2, 4.58 ERAMonday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee0-1, 2.17 ERA'StrosTBATuesday, Day 1RHP Vance Worley3-2, 3.07 ERA@ CubsRHP Matt Garza2-1, 2.56 ERAWednesday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay3-3, 3.20 ERA@ CubsRHP Chris Volstad0-5, 6.92 ERAThursday, Night

Lucas Harrell Throws On May 9 At Home

Lucas Harrell:

He is a 5-frame pitcher, who issues too many free passes. That is why he labors through most of his starts.  He has a 2.55 ERA at home (3 appearances), and a 6.23 ERA on the road (4 attempts).  He is what’s known as hitting time.

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.

HURLERJoe BlantonLucas Harrell NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveThree FOR 20123-Quarters SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeup**Slurve* LAST HIGH OR LOW8th of 15 Categories9th 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, ** 2 Ticks UP

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



COLE HAMELS COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K & 108 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total8 - 52.657.013 of 19001132.21084039240119 Halladay3 - 33.207.007 of 08001056.10492020120046 Lee0 - 12.177.002 of 04000029.01090707030024 Hamels5 - 12.287.004 of 07000047.10401312090049


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 link in this section was 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 5 – MAC 1

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less


If the algorithm okays this article for a full audience, Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  tomorrow’s guarantee is Tuesday’s review.


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Check out my previous publication (The Open Gate) and the 47 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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