Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Masked September

Jimmy Rollins is trying to will the Philadelphia Phillies toward serious October baseball.  How close will he come to his goal?  Yes, there is a poll.




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Big John Scores Run 5 In The 1st


Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Expectations for Cholley and Rube





CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-7 Outcome

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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events


King Cole Bangs A 2-RBI Double In The 3rd






Virgin Turf:


The forgotten beauty after August is the elusive chase for that final playoff spot. Before 2007, that was the annual heart-slaying ritual in the early 21st century. The days of promise followed by the hours in the disappointing downward spiral, when reality trumps wishful thinking.

A 2nd-Inning Omen?


This has been a unique campaign. The organization has 3 aces and a top-tier closer. They have enough offense and defense to back the rotation. However, they have a gaping hole in between the starter and the hammer. Cliff Lee, the 8th-inning bullpen stats and the loss of 3 stars for half the tour have bedeviled them.


There is 1 player who is always the first to arrive, and that athlete works harder than everybody else. In Philly, that guy was always Chase Utley. In Toronto, it was Doc Halladay and it was Juan Pierre for Miami. Most teams have one or none. Then, there are the other infield core members:  Rollins and Ryan Howard. J-Roll is on record as having his sights aimed toward the 2nd wildcard with a we-are-eyeing-that statement. In his case that plural has always been Ryno. A few days later they are within striking distance of that goal. Before you answer the poll prematurely, please, read the last paragraph.


GB 2nd WC: 8
2ND WC Pos: 6 Tied
Elimination No: 21



This is a weird 162.  But what if it hasn’t reached its strangest point?  It could be the most unforgettable summer in franchise history.  Could it be everything in one 7-month timeframe?  If ever there was such a year, this would be it.  The first experience was remaining viable with $60M on the DL.  Then, there was the extended confinement in the basement, like the good old days.  Now, it’s the middle of the pack, which is similar to many seasons past.  The next stage would be the roller coaster of chasing the postseason dream.  That was followed by barely making it , winning the championship and parading in a sea of red.


NOTE:  This poll will appear in every September article for you to check  the current results, if it is still worthwhile.


Tyler Cloyd Loads Up At The Bank On August 29 Against The Mets







Tyler Cloyd:


He makes his 2nd appearance after a nice MLB debut.  His line was:  6 complete, 7 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts on 102 tosses.

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Johnny Cueto Fires A Bullet On August 28 In Phoenix



Johnny Cueto:


He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 19 of 27 showings with 3 clunkers.  He faced the Phils at the Bank recently with this mark:  5 innings, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 K’s on 111 misfired bullets.


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Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.


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


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