Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/18/12

Jonathan Papelbon had help with 3 innings from his bullpen mates on the Philadelphia Phillies.  What are the new assignments since Doc Halladay’s replacement returned to the relief corps?




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.


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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastHunter PenceFive-Star Performance
During A 2 For 3 Night With 1 BB The Penthouse

Hunter Pence
Chase Utley
Jonathan Papelbon
Kyle Kendrick
Antonio BastardoSingled In 2 During The 2-Out 8th For a 3-2 Score
Drove In J-Roll In The 1st For A 1-0 Lead
Closed Out A Contending Team
Excellent 7th & 8th Inning Set-Up
A Huge Punch Out Greenhouse Cholley3 PlayersJ-Roll's Double, Vic's Sac-Bunt & Chase's Groundout In The 1st The Fun House Of MirrorsChase UtleyHumpback-Liner DP Turned On A Bone-Headed Dodger House CleaningJonathan PapelbonA Clean Save



Ryno Tries To Score On Hunter’s 6th-Inning Single





 Fire In The Abyss:


The latest reactivated star has altered the pecking order in the ‘pen for the endgame. Plus, Rube Amaro is looking for a trade partner from a contending club. That visiting organization will be in town for the weekend. A Shane Victorino and Clay Hensley exchange is a workable solution for both franchises, but Tampa Bay is another possibility. Juan Pierre and Polly Polanco would share the 2 hole, while John Mayberry Jr. would move to centerfield.

Chase And Big John Watch Ump’s 8th-Inning Scoring Call


The relievers have to provide 3-6 outs per game in the 7th and 8th. Starters rarely go less than 6 frames under normal circumstances, and Cinco Ocho has the 9th. The plan appears to be the acquisition of a veteran arm for the backend, who would join Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo. Last night we saw Kendrick carry 1.2 innings with Bastardo for the tough lefty. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst would handle the 6th or 7th. Jake Diekman is the southpaw specialist for the 6th and 7th, which leaves long man Joe Savery expendable after a swap.

Cinco Ocho Dials Up A Split Finger During His 1-2-3 Save



Kendrick is the key because he can cover 2-3 frames after that day’s hurler. This would finally give him an important role, while Bastardo with help from Chooch Ruiz can navigate a major left-handed bat or two. That said, there would be a need for 1 more wing to field the workload. And, remember, during 3 turns through the rotation, there are horses ready to produce 24 outs. I have seen articles lately that address 2013, because they suggest the players they would ship out immediately. This is the entirety of their commentary. However, the regulars performing on the diamond have won 2 consecutive series by hustling. There may be baseball this summer in Philly after all.


The General Fires A Bullet On July 13 In Colorado





Cliff Lee:


His no-decision line at the Bank against the Dodgers in early June was:  7 full, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 free pass and 12 punch outs on 122 bullets. He has turned the corner during his last 2 outings, going:  1-1, a 2.57 ERA, 14 total, 16 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 2 BB and 13 fanned.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.92 ERA@ DodgersLHP Clayton Kershaw7-5, 2.84 ERAWednesday, Late Day 1RHP Vance Worley5-5, 3.47 ERAGiantsRHP Tim Lincecum3-10, 5.93 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels11-4, 3.07 ERAGiantsRHP Matt Cain10-3, 2.56 ERASaturday,Late Day 3RHP Joe Blanton8-8, 4.79 ERAGiantsLHP Barry Zito8-6, 3.75 ERASunday, Day


Clayton Kershaw Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball On July 13 At Home Against The Friars


Clayton Kershaw:


He has better stats at home with a 5-3 record and a 2.49 ERA.  He has worked 7 innings plus in 12 of 19 attempts with 3 clunkers.  His mark at the Bank in early June was:  7 complete, 8 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts on 104 peas.


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.


HURLERCliff LeeClayton Kershaw NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTTwoOne FOR 2012SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTSliderSinker* LAST HIGH OR LOW7th of 15 Categories6th 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





DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K & 80 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total16 - 153.586.230 of 45005306.2286126122632289 Halladay04 - 053.967.008 of 12003077.1074034034140062 Lee01 - 063.927.009 of 15001103.1105046045210102 Hamels11 - 043.076.213 of 18001126.0107046043282125




ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total1 - 12.376.1+1 of 300019.020652017 Halladay0 - 03.606.1+0 of 100005.005220006 Lee0 - 13.006.1+0 of 100006.009321004 Hamels1 - 01.138.0+1 of 100008.006111007




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