Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA arms to pursue for relief

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA arms to pursue for relief

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA arms to pursue for relief

Before Jonathan Papelbon in the ‘pen, what reliable gun do the Philadelphia Phillies have?  What free agents would you select from the list below?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    12-6 Slugfest

The Crystal Champagne Toast Ryan Howard Three-Star Performance
The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins

Dom Brown
Ryan Howard

Leadoff HR In The 1st For A 1-0 Lead
RBI Double In The 5th During His 2 For 5 Night
RBI Stretched-It Double In The 5th
3-Run HR To Tie It At 6 In The 5th
On His 2 For 4 Evening
The Kangaroo Courthouse Kyle Kendrick
Josh Lindblom
Allowed A 2-Out, 2-RBI Double To The Pitcher In The 2nd
Forgot About The Runner On 1st In The 7th (SB)
The Workhouse Kyle Kendrick
Tim Hudson
50-Pitch 2nd Inning
25 Pitches In His 1-Out 5th
The Bathhouse Kyle Kendrick
Tim Hudson
Hit The Showers In The 4th
5th-Inning Shower
Rally Tal & Cap 5 Runs, 5 Players Single (Frandsen), RBI Doubles (J-Roll & Dom),
HBP (Chase) & 3-Run Bomb (Ryno) In The 5th

J-Roll Strolls The Bases In The 1st


The Abyss:

It is the 8th and sometimes the 7th when the starter is done. But Cinco Ocho is 3 to 6 outs away. The red pinstripes have an array of green talent that is not ready for that prime role. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst could handle the 6th or 7th. Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom could have first shot at the 7th. Mike Stutes, David Herndon, Jake Diekman, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus and Phillippe Aumont are the others in the mix. That said, Rube Amaro needs 1 or 2 veteran endgame hurlers.

The 1st-Pitch HR Was A Sign Of Things To Come

He has approximately $13.5M for a third baseman and 2 relievers:  I broke down the dollars in a recent article that is marked below. Rube should chase Clay Hensley and 1 of the other 4. Hensley did 8th-inning set-up in Miami during 2011. Mike Adams was on Amaro’s radar last year, and he would be a good signing. Grant Balfour is a set-up man and he had 7 saves in 9 chances, while he temporarily filled that designation during April. Brandon League is the youngest, and he lost his 9th-frame job at the end of May after 6 BS in 15 tries. Rafael Betancourt was the hammer in Colorado for 2012 with 19 saves out of 23 opportunities. The longtime 8th-slot occupant became the closer by default. There is help on the horizon for our beleaguered bullpen, which gives Rube something to digest over the winter.


Right-Handed Hired Guns:

Mike Adams 34 $4.40M 2.97 44 31 3 10
Grant Balfour 35 $4.00M 2.72 52 42 1 09
Rafael Betancourt 38 $4.25M 2.70 41 34 0 07
Brandon League 30 $5.00M 3.86 50 34 3 13
Clay Hensley 33 $750K 3.35 48 31 5 12


(No lefties among the known names)

Doc Dials Up A Cutter At The Bank On August 4 Against The Diamondbacks




Doc Halladay:


His last outing was his first ace game during a health-plagued campaign, which means he is back.  His only appearance against the Cards was in St. Louis, and he went on the DL immediately afterward.


1 RHP Doc Halladay 5-6, 4.02 ERA Cardinals RHP Kyle Lohse 12-2, 2.79 ERA Friday, Night
2 LHP Cliff Lee 2-6, 3.78 ERA Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook 11-8, 3.76 ERA Saturday, Night
3 RHP Vance Worley 6-7, 3.83 ERA Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn 13-5, 3.52 ERA Sunday, Day
1 LHP Cole Hamels 12-6, 3.14 ERA @ Miami RHP Nathan Eovaldi 3-7, 4.33 ERA Monday, Night

Kyle Lohse Loads Up During The 2nd Inning At Home On August 5 Against The Brewers


Kyle Lohse:


He is 6-1 with a 3.19 away ERA, which is 0.79 lower at home. He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 13 of 23 efforts with 4 clunkers.  At home against the Phils in late May, his line was:  6.1 frames, 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 HBP, 0 walks and 0 strikeouts on 98 tosses.


Over The Top Excellent
3-Quarters Sidearm Good
Sidearm Above Average
Short Arm Approximately Average
Submarine Below Average


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


HURLER Doc Halladay Kyle Lohse
NUMBER A One A Three
FOR 2012 Short Arm Over The Top
'12 RANKING 4th of 5 Categories 1st of 5 Categories
LAST START Cutter* Curveball**
LAST HIGH OR LOW 3rd of 15 Categories 5th 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


1 Gyroball 9 (CG) 0 - 0 - 3 10 Screwball 6 4
2 Fastball 9 (CG) 0 - 0 11 Knuckleball 5 3
3 Cutter 9 (CG) 3 12 Forkball 0 - 4.2 Monstrosity
4 Split Finger 7 2 13 Eephus Pitch 0 - 2.2 Disaster
5 Curveball 7 3 14 *Palm Ball Ejected
6 Sinker 6.1 3 15 *Spit Ball **Ejected+
7 Slider 6 2 *Breaking Ball Injured
8 Changeup 6 3 *Fosh Rain Interrupted
9 Slurve 5 2 *Knuckle Curve Pitch Count
** = Suspended * = A 2nd Pitch Also



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Friday, 10 Aug 2012

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