Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/19/12

Jimmy Rollins and the soldiers of the Philadelphia Phillies return tomorrow night for local consumption. Will they continue to kick up a fuss?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-3 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Cliff Lee
Chooch Ruiz

Shane Victorino

Kyle Kendrick
Michael Schwimer
Hunter Pence8 Sparkling 2-Hit Innings
Singled In Vic During The 4th
On A 2 For 5 Afternoon
Stole 2nd & Scored In The 4th
During His 3 For 5 Day
Had A Convincing K In The 9th
Punched Out Loney With The Bags Full To End The 9th
Drove In 2 During The 2-Out 10th Greenhouse Cholley's BagsShane VictorinoSwiped 2nd On A Lefty With A Good Move
& Avoided A Tag At Home To Score The Outhouse2B Ump Mike WintersMissed Inside-Move Out In The 6th

Hunter Strikes Again With A 2-Run Single In The 10th


The Stretch Drive:

The calendar changes and the ferocity of the sport does also. It has revealed itself these last 2 series, will increase in August, and it will grow with each week during September. This is the time to see who is winning and who is not. New York (NL) is 0-5 and that is not a coincidence. Players pace themselves for a schedule of 3 days off per month during their March to November (desired) marathon.

Vic Avoids The Tag To Score In The 4th

They play harder after the 4 days off in the middle of the campaign. An example of a varying approach is Hunter Pence, who is more patient late in the game. The red pinstripes have a second-half reputation, which means they are victorious under combat conditions. Some things are even predictable, like a bullpen that puts in 6 months of work by Labor Day. Then, writers are surprised when the team goes into a dive. Check out the overworked relief rotations in Atlanta and Washington at my 2012 NL East ERA publications. Both organizations are headed for a September meltdown.

The Ball Eludes Big John In The 2nd By Bouncing Off The Top Of The Fence Into The Seats

Both the Braves and the Nats beat the visiting Mets. Now, in the Big Apple, they get the Dodgers. The Giants, their NL West competitor, have been victorious for 5 straight since the break. San Francisco just walloped the soft pitching in Atlanta. In other words, your weaknesses will be your undoing as the battles rage on. Yesterday, the hometown 9 suffered a setback in extras, when it was down to Jake Diekman and Joe Savery. Jonathan Papelbon was victimized by bad luck and a contender with something at stake.

This weekend the Phils (4-2) will face off against the Giants (5-0), while the Metropolitans (0-5) greet the Dodgers (2-4).  Meanwhile, the Braves (3-2) will square off in Washington (4-2), who went 2-2 against the Fish (3-3).  This gauges the strength of a club by their under-attack record, and the weak links that brake in a loss.  If you’re seeing each series as a war, you are getting a frontline observation.

The Vanimal Fires A Bullet On July 14 In Colorado


Vance Worley:

He has worked 6.2 frames or more in 5 of 15 opportunities with 3 clunkers.  That said, he is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA at the Bank.  Fortunately, he is facing a hurler who provides 1 good outing per month, and he has already reached his quota for July.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Vance Worley5-5, 3.47 ERAGiantsRHP Tim Lincecum3-10, 5.93 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels11-4, 3.07 ERAGiantsRHP Matt Cain10-3, 2.56 ERASaturday,Late Day 3RHP Joe Blanton8-8, 4.79 ERAGiantsLHP Barry Zito8-6, 3.75 ERASunday, Day

The Freak Delivers At Home On July 14 Against The Astros

Tim Lincecum:

He lost his fastball last year but survived on his reputation.  That said, his overreliance on his changeup didn’t go unnoticed.  He has managed 7 innings plus in 5 (all at home) of 19 attempts with 11 monstrosities. On the road he is 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 tries. His mark by the Bay against the Phils in mid-April was:  6 frames, 8 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 K’s on 94 misfired bullets.

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.

HURLERVance WorleyTim Lincecum NUMBERA FourA One CLUB SLOTFourOne FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveball**Cutter* LAST HIGH OR LOW5th of 15 Categories3rd 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 UP, ** 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



CLIFF'S LINE: 8 INN, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K & 89 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total16 - 153.526.231 of 46005314.2288127123642293 Halladay04 - 053.967.008 of 12003077.1074034034140062 Lee01 - 063.727.010 of 16001111.1107047046220106 Hamels11 - 043.076.213 of 18001126.0107046043282125


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