Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Dugout view

Jimmy Rollins provided the rebound spark for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Can he will his club to close the 8-game gap for the 2nd wild card?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-2 Triumph

The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse Darin Ruf

Kyle Kendrick

John Mayberry Jr.
Jeremy Horst
Smoked A 2-RBI Triple To Open A 2-0 Lead
In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Night With An IBB
Nursing A 2-Run Advantage,
Punched Out Werth With A Runner At 3rd To End The 5th,
& Escaped A Harper-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 4-Hit Innings
Made A Superb Catch Of A Blooper In A Critical Spot During The 8th
Ended The 8th-Inning Threat With A Called K On The 4-Hole Stick
House CallJimmy RollinsHas A Calf Issue


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


Chase Guns Down The Speed Merchant In The 9th








The Two-Sided Coin:


To answer the above question, J-Roll got my yes vote for the slimmest of margins. That is a tie for the 2nd wild card on the final day of the season. That stated, there are 2 dugouts on the diamond, and those regulars have the same goal. Just yesterday, the Reds fought down to the final strike, like the Braves had done on Sunday.

Phillippe Aumont Celebrates His 1st MLB Save



In the 2nd half the Phils are 3-2 (.600) against Cincinnati, who have gone 35-16 (.686) since the break. Atlanta had a stronger desire to win, because they don’t want a 1-game playoff for more October battles. They are 30-20 (.600) since the daily return on July 13, and they needed a beneficial bounce at third base to salvage a victory. The red pinstripes are 28-20 (.583) during the same timeframe. Their series records are 9-4-2 total and 6-3-1 against postseason-headed organizations.

This one-of-a-kind year is on course to encapsulate franchise history within its parameters. In 1983, the team rose from last place during September to the World Series. A young pitcher, wearing #50 (Marty Bystrom), was a big part of the 1980 squad; and yesterday it was Tyler (#50) Cloyd, who was triumphant on Labor Day. The icing on the cake would be a third matchup with the Yankees, including a different outcome. What can you expect during these last 27 contests? A roller coaster ride of highs and lows with a shrinking elimination number, while the margin for the 2nd wild card becomes more possible.


Kyle Kendrick Loads Up At The Bank On August 30 Against The Mets






Kyle Kendrick:


His ledger for his last 4 efforts reads:  4-0, a 1.90 ERA, 29.1 frames, 19 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 22 punch outs.  He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 9 of 19 chances with 5 debacles.

3LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.12 ERA@ NatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-11, 4.13 ERAWednesday, Day


Mat Latos Rears Back On August 29 In Phoenix




Mat Latos:


He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 15 of 27 showings with 7 clunkers.  However,  for his last 8 appearances, his line is:  3-1, a 2.55 ERA, 49.1 innings, 36 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), 16 free passes (2 intentional) and 43 whiffs.




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


Kyle Kendrick
John Lannan
FOR 2012 SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTEephus PitchSlurve ***
LAST HIGH OR LOW13th of 15 Categories9th of 15 Categories



DISPLAY NOTE:  Non-listed results can go up or down by

1 or 2 categories (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)

* 1 Tick UP


ER - R- H
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



GB 2nd WC: 8
2ND WC Pos: 6
Elimination No: 20



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


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