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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The southpaw rattler isportsweb

There is more than one lefty on the Philadelphia Phillies, but this one is Jake Diekman.  Can he handle the heat on the diamond to challenge a big left bat in the 8th inning?  Is he a mirage or the real thing?



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Chooch Crosses The Plate In The 2nd

He went 3 for 4 in the cleanup position, was dazzling defensively, and he soldiered on after a foul ricocheted off his wrist. He was joined on the top floor by Cole Hamels, Juan Pierre, Freddy Galvis and Hunter Pence.

Hamels dominated the Nats with 8 scoreless frames, permitting only 4 hits and punching out 8. He escaped a no-out, man on third jam in the 8th.

Greenhouse Cholley was beaming after Magic Juan successfully executed a suicide-squeeze bunt in the 7th.

The Leather Warehouse was packed with shutout-preserved fielding. Chooch made a spectacular catch and tag after a powerful, accurate throw from Hunter, highlighting both gloves in the 6th. Galvis made a sparkling over-the-shoulder grab to prevent a no-out runner at third from scoring in the 8th.


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.

Check out  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies


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.

Chooch Scores The Only Run That Cole Would Need In The 2nd


Jake The Snake:

That is a descriptive term and not a insult. When he pitches, he uncoils like a snake, and his offerings have a poisonous bite for left-handed batters. He is the southpaw we’ve been pining for to fan the dangerous left-swinging sticks in the late innings with a narrow lead.

Vic Pictured During His 3rd-Inning RBI Double

The ’pen is coming into focus. Jonathan Papelbon and Kyle Kendrick have their roles. Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls are the set-up men, when the 7th begins. That leaves 2 seats:  One goes to Diekman and Raul Valdes is battling for the other, like he wants it. Yes, 3 lefties in the relief corps.

Diekman has been a reliever since 2008, has changed his delivery, and he has worked hard to establish control consistency. I’m not saying that he is ready for anything other than a big LH-specialist spot. I don’t harbor any illusions of grand expectations. That said, Jake the Snake has been deadly to those in the right side of the batter’s box.

Kentucky Joe Labors Against The Sox At The Bank On May 19


Joe Blanton:

He will bounce back from his subpar outing.  He is not an ace but he is not a bag of balls either.  He is 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA without the bullpen appearance.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Joe Blanton4-4, 3.74 ERA@ CardsRHP Jake Westbrook4-3, 2.41 ERAThursday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee0-2, 2.66 ERA@ CardsRHP Kyle Lohse 5-1, 2.91 ERAFriday, Night 3RHP Kyle Kendrick0-4, 5.23 ERA@ CardsLHP Jaime Garcia3-2, 3.55 ERASaturday, Night 4RHP Doc Halladay4-4, 3.58 ERA@ CardsRHP Adam Wainwright3-5, 4.78 ERASunday, Day

Jack Westbrook Toils In LA On May 19

Jake Westbrook:

He has been putting up strong early numbers but I don’t expect that to last.  He is an end-of-the-rotation arm.  He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 7 of 8 attempts with 1 clunker.  That said, he is 2-1 with a 3.55 home ERA.  He is much better on the road.

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 BlantonJack Westbrook NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveFour FOR 2012SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballCurveball* LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories5th of 15 Categories

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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

The Wizard:  More to come.

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COLE'S LINE: 8 INN, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K & 114 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total11 - 72.857.018 of 25002176.21485756310162 Halladay04 - 43.587.008 of 10002070.10652828130056 Lee00 - 22.667.004 of 06000044.00331313050040 Hamels07 - 12.177.006 of 09000062.10501615130066


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 links in this section were 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.



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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Creaky basement stairs (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (2)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less (3)

TRACKING MAC:  The machine has issued my articles 8 ones, 3 twos and 1 three on placement.


If the algorithm okays this commentary for a full audience, Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  The storied elite? is tomorrow’s review.

If not, it will be the 2nd in The Wizard Series, which is Philadelphia Phillies storyline:  Oswalt’s options


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Check out my previous publication (The Rookie And The Vet) and the 56 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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