Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Dead heat?

Carlos Ruiz has stepped up for the Philadelphia Phillies in the pennant race of 2012.  The club is competitive this campaign without 3 of its mega stars, and some hiccups during the first third.  That said, this version of the red pinstripes has an advantage for the stretch drive.




Penthouse Occupancy for the  5-4 outcome:  3

In The 3rd Hunter Shoots A Souvenir Into The Right-Field Crowd



The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Hunter Pence.

He went 1 for 2 with a walk, a tater and 2 steaks. He was joined on the top floor by Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins.

J-Roll had his 3rd multi-knock production over the last 4 contests with his 2 for 4 afternoon. Magic Juan enjoyed a 2 for 3 day with a BB and he pilfered 2 pillows.

Greenhouse Cholley smiled in the 1st with a double steal initiated by Pierre, Pence took 2nd, and Ruiz produced an RBI groundout. In the 8th Rollins tripled, Pierre accepted a free pass before swiping 2nd, and Pence sent a sac fly to right.

The Cathouse & Mousetrap of Cole Hamels’ predictability confused Jose Reyes, preventing a theft and almost picking him off first.

The Movie House reviewed a homerun in the 4th that was a too-close-to-overturn call.

Freddy Galvis Is Ruled Out Of The Baseline In The 9th

The Outhouse was occupied in the 9th by 1B ump Doug Eddings with a questionable decision on Freddy Galvis. He claimed Galvis was out of the baseline and the blue refused a second opinion.



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.


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Vic Slides Head First To Avoid The Tag For A 6th-Inning Infield Single






Photo Finish:


The locals are in the cellar, trailing by 3.5 games. Other than the AL East with a spread of 3 from top to bottom, the NL East is the tightest. Also, both divisions have every franchise above .500. The Reds (3.5 games) and the Dodgers (4) have similar leads over 2nd place. Detroit is 5 back in 3rd, while Texas is ahead by 3.5. The races are on the east coast.

Magic Juan Pilfers 3rd In The 1st



The chart below reveals the strength ranking of each divisional foe in the MLB. Washington has excellent arms and adequate gloves, but runs are scarce. The Braves can put something on the scoreboard, are average in the field, but their wings are clipped this year. Miami is basically in the middle of the pack across the board, while the Mets are playing above their heads. Their ‘pen is shaky, they have a porous defense, and they have hitters who are sticks only.


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J-Roll Scores In The 8th



The Nats will not have their ace in September, and probably not for most of August. Atlanta won’t be able to survive with 2 dead rotation slots, and the Fish cannot win without excelling on the bump or in the batter’s box. Even if the Phils only have their other main attractions for the final 2 months, Doc Halladay, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will be fresh from August through October. This will be a hat-band tight scramble until Doc, Ryno and Chase experience the adrenalin rush from sprinting onto the diamond to initiate the battle.


Kentucky Joe Labors During The 2nd On May 29 In New York






Joe Blanton:


He has been god awful in his last 3 outings after he was excellent during April.  Without the relief offering, he is 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA.  His line at the Bank against Miami was:  7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run (earned), 1 base on balls, 3 K’s and 85 fired bullets.  He desperately needs a solid showing, because he doesn’t want Vance Worley to go tomorrow night after 2 straight losses.


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Big Z Works At Home On May 28 Against Washington



Carlos Zambrano:


His act in Florida has been a rebirth but it’s a long 162 for a hot-tempered amigo.  He is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA for his 5 road efforts.  He has lasted 7 total or more in 5 of 10 attempts with 1 clunker.


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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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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)



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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 15 – MAC 7  (& 2)


Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The other Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: tomorrow’s guarantee




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