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Vance Worley is the bright spot for the Philadelphia Phillies from last year’s 4 breakout youngsters.  How have the others done?  How many will duplicate their 2011 campaign? TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  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 the 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. Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Re-signing Hamels? CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    6-3 Outcome TYPEPLAYERREASON The Penthouse

Juan Pierre
Joe BlantonRBI Double To Tie It Up At 1 (2nd)
RBI Single to Take a 2-1 Lead (2nd) The Fun House Of MirrorsHunter Pence
Ran Over Juan Samuel In The 2nd Before Scoring
Rally Tal & Cap7 Players3-Run 3rd With 2 Doubles & 2 Singles The Kangaroo CourthouseJuan Samuel
Jake Diekman
Chooch RuizGetting In The Way Of The Runner In The 2nd
Allowed A Stolen Base After A Double Steal In The 7th
Allowed A Steal Of Home After A K Out At 1st In The 7th The Big HouseOpposing SSChase Utley Was Robbed Of A Hit In The 6th Hunter Smokes Sammy In The 2nd NITECAP INSIGHT The Kiddie Corps: Rube Amaro entered 2012 with a laundry list of must-gamble options. Like all GM’s in the baseball-parity era–including NYY–he had to go with under-contract veterans after their DL stints, and new stars:  1 decent tour or less on their resume. In other words, he had no choice from a financial perspective except to count on inexpensive players who had solid 2011’s. Worley had over 4 solid months on the books last year, while Antonio Bastardo was dominate until September. Michael Stutes had a powerful beginning in late April, but he struggled during the 2nd half. John Mayberry Jr. hit .301 with 12 homeruns (24) and 37 RBI (74), which is doubled for an entire tour. BATTERAVG.HRRBISB - CSE Mayberry.273154908 - 033 2012.232062301 - 001 (1B) Chooch Goes On Contact In The 2nd Stutes was the first to flop or pitch injured, which isn’t known without a visible difference in results. He probably will get the benefit of the doubt after having shoulder surgery. Bastardo needs another role, where he can earn his way back to being trusted again. Mayberry has been demoted to a platoon situation, and without a drastic change, he may have reached his baseball ceiling. He may only be a fourth outfielder. HURLERW - LERAINN - HR - ERBB - SO Worley11 - 33.01131.2 - 11647 - 4446 - 119 201204 - 53.46078.0 - 07835 - 3019 - 039 Bastardo06 - 12.64058.0 - 02817 - 1726 - 070 201202 - 35.34028.2 - 02417 - 1719 - 039 Stutes 06 - 23.63062.0 - 04925 - 2528 - 058 201200 - 06.35005.2 - 00706 - 0404 - 005 J-Roll Ends The 2nd In Style Stutes was in the hunt for a backend bullpen seat, but he won’t be back this year. Bastardo was a starter who was converted to a reliever, and was headed for a closing job when he faltered. Mayberry was on his way to accomplishing what Jayson Werth had, but he was stopped by a wall. The Vanimal appears to be a bottom-of-the-rotation arm, and that fits his blueprint. That said, he has proven to be the best of the four, and the only one still excelling. The Vanimal Delivers A Fastball On July 3 In Queens Against The Mets PRECAP PITCH Vance Worley: Most hurlers don’t want to go into the break with a poor performance on their ledger.  That said, he has worked 7 complete in 4 of 13 appearances with 3 clunkers.  However, he is 2-2 with only a 4.00 ERA at the Bank. STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Vance Worley4-5, 3.46 ERABravesRHP Jair Jurrjens 2-2, 5.19 ERASunday, Day Jair Jurrjens Pictured At Home On July 3 Against The Cubs Jair Jurrjens: He is having 3 seasons in 1 with 4 monstrosities during April, a less-than-impressive showing at Triple-A, and a call-up due only to other’s health. He has gone 7.2 innings in 1 of 7 attempts. However, he has a 1.47 ERA in 3 efforts since re-entering the rotation, but his last 2 were less than 6 frames each. 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 WorleyJair Jurrjens NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballChangeup* LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories8th 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 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 LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. Check out my previous publications (Two Words) and the 72 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page, 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 my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: What is the cure? Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Re-signing Hamels? (Horsemen stats) Phillies Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 85 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 84

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