Jonathan Papelbon had help with 3 innings from his bullpen mates on the Philadelphia Phillies. What are the new assignments since Doc Halladay’s replacement returned to the relief corps?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-2 Triumph
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Fire In The Abyss:
The latest reactivated star has altered the pecking order in the ‘pen for the endgame. Plus, Rube Amaro is looking for a trade partner from a contending club. That visiting organization will be in town for the weekend. A Shane Victorino and Clay Hensley exchange is a workable solution for both franchises, but Tampa Bay is another possibility. Juan Pierre and Polly Polanco would share the 2 hole, while John Mayberry Jr. would move to centerfield.
The relievers have to provide 3-6 outs per game in the 7th and 8th. Starters rarely go less than 6 frames under normal circumstances, and Cinco Ocho has the 9th. The plan appears to be the acquisition of a veteran arm for the backend, who would join Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo. Last night we saw Kendrick carry 1.2 innings with Bastardo for the tough lefty. Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst would handle the 6th or 7th. Jake Diekman is the southpaw specialist for the 6th and 7th, which leaves long man Joe Savery expendable after a swap.
Kendrick is the key because he can cover 2-3 frames after that day’s hurler. This would finally give him an important role, while Bastardo with help from Chooch Ruiz can navigate a major left-handed bat or two. That said, there would be a need for 1 more wing to field the workload. And, remember, during 3 turns through the rotation, there are horses ready to produce 24 outs. I have seen articles lately that address 2013, because they suggest the players they would ship out immediately. This is the entirety of their commentary. However, the regulars performing on the diamond have won 2 consecutive series by hustling. There may be baseball this summer in Philly after all.
His no-decision line at the Bank against the Dodgers in early June was: 7 full, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 free pass and 12 punch outs on 122 bullets. He has turned the corner during his last 2 outings, going: 1-1, a 2.57 ERA, 14 total, 16 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 2 BB and 13 fanned.
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He has better stats at home with a 5-3 record and a 2.49 ERA. He has worked 7 innings plus in 12 of 19 attempts with 3 clunkers. His mark at the Bank in early June was: 7 complete, 8 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts on 104 peas.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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