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

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseCliff Lee

Jimmy Rollins
Worked Out Of A Runner-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 2nd
Fired 7 3-Hit Innings
An RBI Single To Tie The Score At 1 In The 8th
The Kangaroo CourthouseTy WiggintonThrown Out Rounding 3rd To End The 2nd
The WhitehouseCliff LeeReached his 200th K In The 5th

 

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

 

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

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

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.

 

MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
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

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

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.

 
STARTER
RECORD
TM
STARTER
RECORD
DAY & TIME
3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day

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.

 

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012
DEFINITION OF SEASON
Over The TopExcellent
3-Quarter SidearmGood
SidearmAbove Average
Short Arm Approximately Average
SubmarineBelow Average

 

 

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

 

HURLER
B.J. Rosenberg
Gio Gonzalez
NUMBERA FiveA Two
CLUB SLOTFiveOne
FOR 20121st StartOver The Top
'12 RANKING-- of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories
LAST START1st StartChangeup
LAST HIGH OR LOW-- of 15 Categories8th of 15 Categories

 

 

 
PITCH
INN
ER - R- H
 
PITCH
INN
ER
1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64
2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53
3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity
4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster
5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected
6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+
7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured
8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted
9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count
** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also

 

 

STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



COLE HAMELS

COLE'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 99 DARTS

 

 

ACE
W - L
ERA
INN+
CONV
CG - SO
BAD
INN
ER
BB - IBB
SO
Total34 - 233.486.159 of 862 - 212582.2225114 -2557
Hamels17 - 063.056.221 of 312 - 203215.1073050 - 2218
Lee06 - 093.166.123 of 300 - 002211.0074028 - 0207
Halladay11 - 084.497.015 of 250 - 007156.1078036- 0132

 

 

17TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO
Total2 - 02.846.1+2 of 300119.014664020
Halladay1 - 07.206.1+0 of 100105.006443007
Lee0 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.003110005
Hamels1 - 01.297.0+1 of 100007.005111008

 

 

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