Darin Ruf has caught the eye of everybody who claims the Philadelphia Phillies as their team. But that would not have been the case without the departure of 2 regulars in the outfield.
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-2 Outcome
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseB.J. Rosenberg
Darin RufEscaped A Bags-Full, 1-Out Jam In The 2nd
Picked-Off A Runner At 1st To End The 4th
* Hit A Solo HR To Take A 1-0 Lead In The 4th
* Smoked An 0-2 HR, Closing The Score To 3-2 In The 8th
During His 2 For 4 Night
The Fun House Of MirrorsAllFog Game #1 For 2012
The OuthouseHP UmpA SB On A Questionable Foul Tip In The 5th
The Animal HouseDarin Ruf* A 2 HR Night
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While the mood in Philly is missing the buzz of postseason action, fans can compare their 2012 to the Halos’ year. They signed Albert Pujols and cobbled together a rotation of Jered Weaver, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana. Plus, they have Mike Trout. They finished out of the money and behind the Rangers and A’s.
Also, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton were still in the Fall Classic hunt after 160 games. However, the 3 familiar names were swapped after the Phils were without half of best 6 players. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Doc Halladay had physical issues that caused missed time and less-than-optimum results during re-acclimation. Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were healthy, while Chooch Ruiz was limited by his foot problem.
PLAYERAVG.HRRBIBB - IBBSB - CS
Hunter Pence.22474518 - 101 - 0
Shane Victorino.24521518 - 015 - 2
Nate Schierholtz.23810505 - 000 - 0
Dom Brown.24052621 - 200 - 0
How have the former Phillies done? Kentucky Joe is on a short leash in Los Angeles, because that’s how his new manager does things. It is not strictly a reflection on him but it has affected his performance. Vic recently had 2 big games to raise his average from .229, and he now is at his 2012 normal mark. Hunter’s tour is broken into 3 sections and this is the lowest. He swung for the fences without Howard and Utley before returning to his .300 hitting when they came back. Then, he was shipped to the Giants.
In my last article, I mentioned that a championship core draws stars to a franchise. But the opposite is true when the unthinkable happens, like this 162. There was no celebration by Pence, Victorino and Blanton when they arrived in California. Their stats suffered also. They would have been here in 2013, because their incomes would put the locals over the competitive-balance threshold of $178M. However, it does say something about the red pinstripes, which is an organization that gets the potential out of their personnel.
PITCHERW - LERAINN - HR - ERBB - IBB -S0
Joe Blanton2 - 44.9957.2 - 6632 - 3216 - 3 - 51
Josh Lindblom1 - 34.6323.1 - 1915 - 1217 - 2 - 27
He is 6-3 with a 2.33 ERA since July 4. During those 16 performances, his line is: 115.2 total, 110 hits, 35 runs (30 earned), 9 walks and 111 punch outs. He has faced the Nats in both venues (1 each) with this log: 2-0, a 0.64 ERA, 14 complete, 12 hits, 1 run (earned), 1 passed and 12 fanned.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME
2RHP B.J. Rosenberg01-02, 6.86 ERA@ NatsLHP Gio Gonzalez21-08, 2.89 ERATuesday, Night
3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day
This will probably be a tune-up appearance, which mean 5 innings or less. He is 5-6 with a 3.50 home ERA, which is 1.28 lower in Washington. He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 14 of 30 efforts with 11 clunkers. Against the Phils for 3 outings at both parks (2 away), his ledger reads: 0-3, a 4.34 ERA, 18.2 innings, 22 hits, 9 all-earned runs, 9 BB (1 intentional) and 18 whiffs.
DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON
Over The TopExcellent
Short Arm Approximately Average
Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
HURLERCliff LeeEdwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th of 15 Categories
DISPLAY NOTE: Non-listed results can go up or down by
1 or 2 categories (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
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also
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