The unexpected element is a plus for Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies. Have you noticed the recent transactions in the NL East?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 7-6 Triumph
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After a franchise-record 102 victories, the view north in the standings has been unpleasant for 4 months. However, that has changed this week. Because the red pinstripes don’t fit into the 2 neatly arranged categories of the majors. If you’re not a buyer, you are a seller. If your players are available, you have no hope for the postseason. This thinking is based on the rule and ignores the exception, even when the most recent example was in 2011.
The Fish traded a starter, a super-utility man, a solid reliever and Hanley Ramirez. The Mets will alter their rotation with a hot prospect now instead of in September. The rarity is that the two organizations in front of the locals are dropping out, which means that the Phils are perceived that way also. The reasoning is that they are a last-place team, but not why they are in that position. New York came up short against contending clubs when the stakes increased. Miami had underperforming personnel, while the hometown 9 had health issues.
Only Jose Contreras did not return, leaving the 8th-frame set-up role open. That said, another variable is that the 3 warriors re-entered the active roster fresh and dangerous. And they have been waiting since February to play. That’s what you see from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. You can expect the same from Doc Halladay when he becomes reacclimated, like the others. This squad has the 1 hole that Contreras was going to plug. Even wildcard competitors have more weaknesses.
The offense picked up Cliff Lee and the Doctor in this series, which means they will not want that to happen again. When you add Utley and Howard to Chooch Ruiz with Hunter Pence behind him, you get a threat that can be seen from the mound. However, it doesn’t show up in the manager’s scouting reports, which say that the Phillies don’t comeback late or batter the opposing relief corps. Their stud was congratulated after firing only 87 bullets, because the previous night was obviously an aberration. Stats cannot tell you everything, like–for example–recent hits to the opposite field after approach changes that don’t stand out in the percentages. These unexpected advantages are where you should look to make sense of their resurgence. You can anticipate third place shortly, 2 months of winning baseball, and better performances from star cogs.
He has worked 6.2 innings plus in 5 of 16 outings with 4 debacles. That said, he is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA at the Bank, which is 1.73 lower on the road.
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He has been the Kyle Kendrick of the Brew Crew, and is expected to rejoin the ‘pen when Shaun Marcum is reactivated. Estrada has lasted 7 frames in 2 of 10 attempts with 1 clunker.
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Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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