Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/15/12

Cole Hamels was the final emerging member of the core four for the Philadelphia Phillies, which led to the 2008 championship.  Do you know where and how this era appeared?  Do you know why?  Did Rube Amaro ruin the future of the club?

TAL'S HANDY CAPS

CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT

Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-1 triumph:  4

The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Freddy Galvis.

Freddy Singles To Start The Scoring In The 5th

He produced an authoritative RBI single in the 5th and another during the 6th. He had a 3 for 4 evening. He was joined on the top floor by Chooch Ruiz, Joe Blanton and Polly Polanco.

Chooch accumulated another multi-knock contest with a big RBI in the 6th, which was the eventual deciding tally. Blanton provided a sterling seven-plus effort on the bump, but he tired in the 8th.

The White House red-carpeted Polly, who achieved 2,000 hits with a 2-run bomb to left-center in the 8th.

House Music was heard during an up-and-in HBP on Chooch to leadoff the 5th. It just grazed him.

Ruiz misled Antonio Bastardo to the Fun House, when they briefly exited their positions with only 2 outs in the 8th.

WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:

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.

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Polly Makes History With A 2-Run Poke In The 8th

NITECAP INSIGHT

The Centerpiece:

The winning combination was formed in 2007, when the fourth main player was on the team for the entire campaign. After Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Hamels cemented the squad and they went to the playoffs. However, before that there was an extended period of losing baseball. There are, so far, two ways to build that central unit. The Dodgers and the Reds of the ‘70’s went from .500 ball to achieve this dynamic. The others had to endure the basement-dwelling experience first, and no organization has followed or continued their glory days with more of the same.

Cinco Ocho Is Money! Again!

The Phillies and A’s of the ‘70’s had a long drought prior to their victorious timeframe. The Braves and Yankees of the ‘90’s went through the same process. That’s the design of the amateur draft. It allows the clubs at the bottom to sign the top talent, and over 6 tours they rise in the standings. That’s what you see in Washington with Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. The competitive-balance tax was formulated to stop the purchasing of these young stars after they reach maturity. That means they will be paid by the franchise that produced them, when the 10-11 big-market buyers reach their spending limit.

Polly & Chooch Celebrate At The Plate In The 8th

The opposite side of MLB success into the 21st century is the barren expanse after the fall from the top. This has a name:  It is parity. If you cannot remember 1 team that had uninterrupted glory years since the 1965 beginning of the draft, you are starring reality in the face. Did Rube trade away our 2015 at the top of the standings?

He swapped:  Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson, Jason Knapp, Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Taylor, J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Half are in the majors: Are any of them household names? Last summer Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton and Josh Zied were bartered for a .300-averaging Hunter Pence, who just turned 29. That’s 13 youngsters and we kept Dom Brown, the best one–not to mention Vance Worley. Without the downs there would be no exhilarating ups.

The General Commands The Mets At The Bank On May 9

PRECAP PITCH


Cliff Lee:

He will be increased to an arsenal of 100 bullets.  His opponent is a fill-in but it won’t matter:  He will be heavily motivated to record his first triumph.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2LHP Cliff Lee0-1, 2.17 ERA'StrosRHP Jordan Lyles0-0, 4.50 ERATuesday, 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

Jordan Lyles Pictured On April 29 In Cincinnati

Jordan Lyles:

He is the most likely candidate for the emergency assignment. He is 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He went 6 innings, and allowed 3 all-earned runs on April 29 in Cincinnati as a replacement.

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 LeeJordan Lyles NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFive FOR 2012Over The TopShort Arm '12 RANKING1st of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSliderChangeup LAST HIGH OR LOW7th of 15 Categories8th of 15 Categories

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

MAC:

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'S HANDY SCOREBOARD

COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL:

TAL 6 – MAC 1

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: more and less

ROUND NINE:  

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

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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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