Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/8/12

Jonathan Papelbon is the only reliever with a role on the Philadelphia Phillies.  All the other jobs are up for grabs.  Can Antonio Bastardo handle the 8th by himself, or is a deal for a right-handed compliment possible?



Penthouse Occupancy for the 8-3 disappointment:  1

                                              The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Cole Hamels.

Cole Hamels Scores The 1st Run In The 3rd

He was headed for his 9th victory but then the 6th happened. That said, he is on the top floor for his base running and his fielding. He, also, had a knock. He forced the issue in the 3rd with his legs, taking 3rd and scoring on a FC.

The Warehouse featured the spikes of Shane Victorino after he beat out a ball to short for a hit in the 2nd. Hamels bare-handed a long lob to 1st, and beat Flash Gordon’s son by a whisker in the 5th. He caught the ball and found the bag simultaneously.

Rally Tal & Cap waved home 3 in the 3rd:  3 singles and a walk combined with 2 boots kicked a crooked number on the scoreboard.

The Kangaroo Courthouse deliberated the case of Ty Wigginton for consecutive errors in the 4th. A 10-pitch 4th then required 23 bullets instead.

Ty Wigginton Completes The 6th-Frame Rundown Play


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: Targeted player


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.

Magic Juan Swipes 2nd In The 1st


The Also-Rans:

The title refers to teams that already are out of the race for even a 2nd wild card. Three clubs have achieved that already:  San Diego, Chicago (NL) and Minnesota.  This is where a swap is likely to fill a hole from the outside.  Chad Qualls runs hot and cold, which isn’t good for the 8th inning; Bastardo is at 80% of 2011. Jose Contreras was perfect because he could be trusted with the crucial frame. Plus, he could close, if needed.

The Answer Is The 8th Inning

There are inexpensive wings on basically out-of-it teams, but there is no reason to move them, like a salary dump. Shawn Camp (Cubs), Ryan Cook (A’s), Tom Wilhelmsen (Mariners) and Jared Burton (Twins) have good stats, short resumes and minimum-type pay. Their franchises are done or nearly out of the 2nd WC standings in the games-behind column:  Chicago (13), Oakland (6), Seattle (6.5) and Minnesota (9).

Matt Belisle is signed for 2012-13 with a $4.125M AAV (Average Annual Value). If the Rox want to shed dollars, Belisle would be a candidate. Luke Gregerson is inked for $1.55M this summer, and would save the Pads about $1M. However, he is on the verge of bigger arbitration money. Brandon Lyon is on a payroll-pruning organization with a $5M AAV, which is $2.9M for 3.5 months. This is what Rube Amaro sees just under the surface, but he can go much deeper.

OUT = Games behind the 2nd WC

Appearances are broken into good, adequate and poor.

PITCHERERAGOODOKAYBADTEAMOUT Brandon Lyon2.311815Astros08.0 Luke Gregerson4.321466Padres13.5 Matt Belisle2.431837Rockies07.5

Mike Fontenot Smacks A 3rd-Inning Single During A 3 For 4 Afternoon

When the red pinstripes field their full squad, they are in the conversation. Fresh legs on some aging stars and better luck could alter the outcome. That said, the 8th-inning problem won’t solve itself. Losing and winning streaks will alternate and the wounded warriors will return. The second half will outshine April to July, but–baring a major in-house surprise–Rube will acquire a backend right arm.

Kentucky Joe Finishes His Pitch On June 3 At The Bank Against Miami


Joe Blanton:

Last time out he was solid for 6 frames, ran into misfortune, and he ended up with a clunker due to his 7th inning.  Hopefully, the mechanical problem was fixed at that time, but the relief corps won’t allow him the luxury of only 18 outs.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Joe Blanton4-6, 5.27 ERA@ O'sRHP Jake Arrieta2-7, 5.53 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Vance Worley3-2, 3.38 ERA@ O'sTBASaturday, Late Day 3LHP Cliff Lee0-3, 2.92 ERA@ O'sRHP Jason Hammel6-2, 2.97 ERASunday, Day

Jake Arrieta Loads Up During The 2nd On June 3 In St. Petersburg

Jake Arrieta:

He is their one, which is based on seniority.  There is a rookie, a Colorado castoff and a hurler with a half year on the books.  Areeta is 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA at home.  He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 6 of 12 attempts with 7 monstrosities.

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 BlantonJake Arrieta NUMBERA FourA Five CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012SubmarineSubmarine '12 RANKING5th of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleball*Forkball LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories12th 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 DOWN

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.

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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade considerations (June 4)



COLE'S LINE: 6 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K & 107 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total12 - 113.276.222 of 32003220.01938280420208 Halladay04 - 053.987.008 of 11003072.10693232140056 Lee00 - 032.927.006 of 09000064.20542121110066 Hamels08 - 032.936.208 of 12000083.00702927170086


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.



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