Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/14/12

Jake Diekman has been with the Philadelphia Phillies since May 11.  He is obviously here to retire left-handed hitters.  How has he done in a mostly-limited role?



Penthouse Occupancy for the 9-8 triumph:  5

                                               The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jim Thome.

Jim Thome Launches A 466′ Missile To Centerfield In The 4th

He went 2 for 4 with a walk, a bomb and 4 RBI. He was joined on the top floor by John Mayberry Jr., Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls and Michael Martinez.

Big John went 2 for 5 with a clout and drove in 4. Qualls notched 2 outs on 3 K’s with a biting slider, and Cinco Ocho slammed the door without any additional drama.

Greenhouse Cholley had company in the 1st before an out was recorded:  4 one-base knocks and 2 runs.

The Bathhouse turned on the showers after 4 batters for the opposing starter.

Rally Tal & Cap during the 1st with a tally of 6:  The first 4 in the order singled, which was followed by another hit and a 3-RBI blast.

Martinez sparkled on a fielding-and-glove-flip force play in the 1st, achieving display at the Leather Warehouse.

Mayberry wolfed down a tater and 4 steaks by the 2nd inning at the Steakhouse. Thome sat down after him and enjoyed the same order by the 4th.

Cholley’s Doghouse was occupied by Jimmy Rollins, who went for an ill-advised force at 2nd in the 3rd. Chooch Ruiz was easily out at 3rd on poor base running in the 6th to join J-Roll.

Big John Smacks A 1st-Inning, 3-Run Dong

Thoms launched a 466’ rocket over the centerfield batter’s eye to rattle the cages at the Animal House in the 4th.

The House Of Cards almost completely imploded during the 7th, when a 6-run advantage vanished to only 1.

House Cleaning in the 8th and 9th showed up with Papelbon for 4 consecutive outs.


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: Trade partners


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.

Cinco Ocho Converts His Biggest Save Of The Summer


Bite And Venom:

Most fans feel that you cannot separate this from that to analyze a player. However, that’s exactly what managers and GM’s do all the time to reach decisions. Qualls was signed due to his last 19 opportunities, and not his overall numbers for home versus away. That latter calculation was my appraisal of Chad, who did better in a cavernous yard. His mistakes were loud outs was my thinking. It turns out it was inconsistency of command that did him in.

J-Roll’s Ankle Is Grabbed After The Force Out At 2nd In The 1st On Mini Mart’s Spectacular Play

A lot of fans fall in love with potential stars, like Diekman. Tuesday night he walked two left-handed sticks, allowed a knock to the other, but he punched out the right-handed bat with the bags filled. Of course, an inherited runner scored and was charged to another’s line.

* Excludes his 2nd outing in Chicago

VERSUSERAINNHRERBBSO Total*0.969.11021316 Left Bats0.005.10410409

I removed his 2nd performance from the totals, where he was rushing his pitches. A mistake he has corrected. However, I left his stats untouched against LH lumber, which is his responsibility as a lefty specialist. He is filling the job that had been vacant for a couple years. Jake the Snake is death for those in the right-field side of the batter’s box.

Kentucky Joe Deals A 3-Finger Changeup In The 2nd On June 8 At Baltimore


Joe Blanton:

He has been improving over his last 2 appearances, but could not get through either final frame.  He has lasted 6.2 innings or more in 6 of 12 efforts with 6 monstrosities.  That said, he will be facing the left-heavy attack of the Twins.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Joe Blanton5-6, 5.40 ERA@ TwinsLHP Scott Diamond5-1, 1.61 ERAThursday, Night 1RHP Vance Worley3-2, 3.17 ERA@ Blue JaysRHP Drew Hutchison5-3, 4.66 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cliff Lee0-3, 3.18 ERA@ Blue JaysLHP Ricky Romero7-1, 4.15 ERASaturday, Day 3RHP Kyle Kendrick2-6, 5.08 ERA@ Blue JaysRHP Henderson Alvarez3-6, 3.87 ERASunday, Day

Scott Diamond Loads Up On June 9 At Home Against The Cubs

Scott Diamond:

He is in the early stages where the league doesn’t know him yet. That said, he has worked 6.1 frames plus in 4 of 7 attempts with 1 clunker.

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 BlantonScott Diamond NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveTwo FOR 2012SubmarineOver The Top '12 RANKING5th of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTScrewballCurveball* LAST HIGH OR LOW10th of 15 Categories5th 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.)

* 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


Trade Debate :  Check it out.

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade partners (Friday)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Targeted player (June 7)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade winds (June 6)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade deliberations (June 5)

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade considerations (June 4)



COLE'S LINE: 6 INN, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K & 99 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total13 - 113.496.222 of 34004232.02089390460222 Halladay04 - 053.987.008 of 11003072.10693232140056 Lee00 - 033.187.006 of 10000070.20612525130074 Hamels09 - 033.346.208 of 13001089.00783633190092


The program acronym is for Methodical Algorithmic Computerization or Mac.  That is the feed system from Fox Sports that had dogged me for 2 months.  I probed for a compatible solution, and found that I had possibilities 90% of the time.  The rest is luck, which means that you know about half of my articles.  In other words, if a Fox affiliate publishes, that trumps everything else.  The balance is a flip of the coin.  Some of those missed write-ups drew positive responses from other outlets.



TAL 19 – MAC 15

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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies


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