Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/30/12
Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies healed for a few days before being penciled into the cleanup spot tonight. Nobody expected his March madness to continue, but he has been stopped occasionally by a banged-up body. How long will he thrive? Who else is still riding high? TAL'S HANDY CAPS CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT Penthouse Occupancy for the 6-3 outcome:  1 The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Brian Schneider. He went yard in the 2nd to tie the contest for his battery mate. Brian Schneider Rounds 3rd After His 2nd-Inning Upper-Tank Rocket Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre visited Greenhouse Cholley in the 1st, when a two-bagger, a sac bunt plus a wild pitch plated an early run. Shane Victorino got lost inside the Fun House Of Mirrors with a poor route to the ball, a swimming on the Citi lawn, and a clang off his glove in the 1st. Schneider went to the Animal House with an upper-deck solo screamer in the 2nd. The Leather Warehouse showcased Hunter Pence after a running-to-the-wall, full-extension gem in the 4th. The Lighthouse had been warning of inclement weather, which arrived 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. Check out Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The southpaw rattler SPECIAL REQUEST: 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. Counting Rain Drops During The 8th-Inning Delay NITECAP INSIGHT The Forecast From Clearwater: It was the middle of February and it was needed to wash away the October stain. This review concentrates more deeply on the players I wrote about yesterday:  Ruiz, Pierre, Freddy Galvis and Joe Blanton. I won’t go into Kentucky Joe because 3 consecutive debacles weren’t anticipated. This isn’t how he has done since he arrived here in 2008. He learned how to change speeds, which equaled April mastery and May monstrosities. Magic Juan Dives Back To The Bag In The 6th Chooch has been the biggest surprise in the offense department. He has 18 extra-base knocks, which is a third of his 52. In multi-hit production, Pierre has the most at 16, while the reinvented receiver has 14. Magic Juan in a part-time role has 44 knocks, which compares to the top mark of 52. However, it took Hunter 57 more at-bats for those 8, but Carlos did it with 2 additional opportunities.. Plus, at .314 Pierre is the only other .300 stick with 100 or more AB’s. The aging speed merchant was expected to be washed up in 2009 also, but he hit .308, replacing Manny Ramirez for a few months. This campaign I didn’t buy that tired and easy assessment, which is being proven wrong again. The other bombshell is Galvis with his fielding prowess at a new position, and his 18 RBI for May. Another amazing number from him is that 17 of his 39 hits are extra-bag blows (43.6%). Chooch is batting cleanup, Magic Juan is again a small-ball wizard, and Freddy is the best 2nd sacker in the majors. Hard to believe, Harry. The General Works On May 25 In St. Louis PRECAP PITCH Cliff Lee: He needs his first win before June and he should get it tonight.  His two appearances at the Bank against the Mets produced this ledger:  13 total, 10 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 13 punch outs. STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cliff Lee0-2, 2.82 ERA@ MetsRHP Dillon Gee4-3, 4.92 ERAWednesday, Night 1RHP Kyle Kendrick1-4, 4.10 ERAFishLHP Mark Buehrle5-4, 3.26 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels8-1, 2.43 ERAFishRHP Ricky Nolasco5-3, 4.26 ERASaturday, Late Day 3RHP Joe Blanton4-5, 5.05 ERAFishRHP Carlos Zambrano3-3, 3.00 ERA Sunday, Day Dillon Gee Pictured On May 25 At Home Against The Cards Dillon Gee: This is his 2nd outing against the Phils.  His line at the Bank was:  5.2 innings, 10 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 0 bases on balls, 4 strikeouts and 103 soft tosses.  He has gone 6.2 frames or more in 5 of 9 attempts with 4 clunkers. 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 LeeDillon Gee NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFour FOR 2012Over The TopSide Arm '12 RANKING1st of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveballCutter* 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 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 TAL'S HANDY SERIES The Core :  Check it out. Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Trade chips (Friday) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies (Thursday) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee (Tuesday) (May 14 -18) MAC: 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.  The breakdown at 20 submissions minus  2 unacceptable was 11 of 18 or 11 to 9 total.  Some of those other 7 drew positive responses from other outlets. TAL'S HANDY SCOREBOARD COMPUTER ALGORITHM VS. TAL: TAL 13 – MAC 7  (& 2) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee LINK-UP BELOW: There are previews–time permitting–of my next storyline at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook.  Join for notification of future glimpses, which will be almost daily.  You’ll also know immediately when my isportsweb post goes up.  It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. Check out my previous publication (The February Unknowns) and the 59 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. 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. TAL'S HANDY LINKS TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook (time problem lately) Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The element of surprise Philadelphia Phillies Tal Venada Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 51 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 50

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