Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Weird to bizarre?

1 year after, this season just became more peculiar for the Philadelphia Phillies and Antonio Bastardo.  Will he be dominate for the rest of this tour?  Can he have 1 super month after 5 bad ones, which is the opposite of 2011?  Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastChooch RuizFive-Star Performance
The Penthouse Chase Utley
Chooch Ruiz

Nate Schierholtz

Cole Hamels
* Hit A Sac-Fly RBI For A 1-0 Advantage In The 1st
* Smacked An RBI Double To Take A 1st-Inning Lead Of 2-0
During His 3 For 4 Day
* Produced An RBI Single, Increasing The 1st-Inning
Score To 3-0 During His 2 For 4 Afternoon
Escaped Runner-At-3rd 1-Out Jams In The 5th & The 6th
Fired 7 Solid 5-Hit Innings
The Fun House Of MirrorsJuan Pierre
Chooch Ruiz
* Avoided A Hand Tag At 2nd In The 1st
* Escaped A Line-Drive DP During The 1st
Rally Tal & Cap5 Players & 3 Runs* A BB (J-Roll), A Single (Pierre), A Sac-Fly RBI (Utley), An
RBI Double (Chooch) & An RBI Hit (Schierholtz) In The 1st
The WorkhouseHome SP* A 37-Pitch 1st Inning
The Animal HouseCole HamelsPunched Out The 1st 3 Batters In The 1st
The Leather Warehouse2 StartersA Runner Gunned Down At Home By Brown (Throw)
& Chooch (Plate Dive & Tag) In The 4th
The Kangaroo Court HouseCole HamelsHad Throwing Errors In The 4th & The 6th
The Outhouse3B UmpMissed The Tag On The Over-Slide SB In The 6th

 

Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event

 

Nate Schierholtz Smacks A Walk-Off Single In The 9th

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

A Twilight Zone:

 

In 2011, Bastardo was a revelation for the first 5 months. He was compared by Fox Sports (TV) to a young Mariano Rivera. But he stumbled to mediocrity after August, which totally obliterated his confidence. His mental approach remained the same for almost an entire year. That stated, he now appears to have reversed his direction for this campaign. He had struggled until now to overcome the adversity that has plagued him through the first 125 games.

Magic Juan Steals His Way Past Maury Wills In The 3rd

The brain trust is using a two-pronged challenge to help Antonio achieve his potential. The first part is the competition factor. Jeremy Horst has been a very effective southpaw for the relief corps, and Phillippe Aumont has the best stuff. He has a 96-mph heater with movement, but his control of secondary pitches is questionable. Josh Lindblom, Mchael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Mike Stutes and David Herndon have shown they could earn a spot in the ‘pen. That means Bastardo could work his way out of a job.

The second method is that he has to fight his way for more mound time. In other words, he needs to show the dugout bosses he can get more than one out or face left-handed bats only. Last September, he started his downward spiral on the 3rd. He now has 7 consecutive decent outings, which started on August 24. That’s 10 days short of a year. This may be the most unusual happening for the summer, but I believe there is more strangeness ahead during the final 24 battles.

 

King Cole Reaches Back For A Circle Change During The 2nd On September 2 In Atlanta

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cole Hamels:

 

He is 6-3 with a 2.87 home ERA, which is 0.32 lower at the Bank. Against the Rox at both parks (1 each), his line is:  2-0, a 1.69 ERA, 16 complete, 12 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 14 punch outs.

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

 

Tyler Chatwood Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball On September 3 In Atlanta

 

 

Tyler Chatwood:

 

He has worked 6 innings in 1 of 7 attempts with 2 clunkers.  The rotation in Colorado is limited to 75 pitches per outing.

 

 

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
Cole Hamels
Nate Eovaldi
NUMBERA OneA Five
CLUB SLOTTwoFour
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTKnuckleballSlider
LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories7th 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 DOWN

 

 
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



CLIFF LEE

CLIFF'S LINE: 6 INN, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K & 109 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

 

 

MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 7
2ND WC Pos: 6
Elimination No: 18

 

 

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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