Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Running out of years

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    9-7 Triumph

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastChooch RuizThree-Star Performance
The PenthouseDarin Ruf

Ryan Howard
Chooch Ruiz
Dom Brown
* Launched A Solo HR To Tie It Up At 1 In The 2nd
During His 2 For 3 Start
** Singled In A Run For A 3rd-Inning 2-1 Lead
** Smacked A 3-Run Bomb For A 5-1 Score In The 3rd
Stroked A Solo Tater For A 6-3 Game In The 6th
The WhitehouseDarin Ruf* 1st MLB Hit & HR
The Fun House Of MirrorsDarin Ruf* A Record-Setting Freeze Before 1st HR Congratulations
Rally Tal & Cap4 Players & 4 Runs** 2 BB (Mayberry & Utley), An RBI Single (Ryno)
& A 3-Run Bomb (Chooch) In The 3rd
The Leather WarehouseRyan HowardMade A Long Diving Play In The 7th

 

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

 

 

Mini Mart Scores On Doc’s Single In The 6th

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

Father Time:

 

This is an aging group of athletes that falls into 2 categories. The first are those who want another sea-of-red parade and swelling crowds in all directions. The others are seeking that elusive first championship to complete their careers. That stated, no campaign can be easily dismissed with an eye toward next season.

While St. Louis satisfied their hunger last year, Pittsburgh is just experiencing the magic for the first time, and Los Angeles is not a cohesive unit. The Phils have the advantage of three aces to handle a must-win final game, a wild-card contest and the 1st NLDS battle. Halladay and Cliff Lee want that first sip of celebratory champagne that accompanies the red pennant with white numerals, like 2008. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Chooch Ruiz want that 2nd ring, which no squad of Phillies has ever attained. That includes the members who peaked in 1950, 1964, 1980 and 1993.

Big John Scores On J-Roll’s Shallow RF Sac Fly In The 7th

 

For these guys it could be a last hurrah, because the calendar lowers the odds with each passing summer. They know how high the mountain is, and they know they better climb it while they still can. The irony is that they didn‘t succeed when they were expected to. But without the burden of the hype, they can be victorious when most wrote them off. Didn’t that happen in 1980 after the weight of 1979 was lifted?

 

Series 1: 

TEAM
W - L
GMS
VERSUS
Cardinals0 - 33Padres
Dodgers0 - 22D-Backs
Pirates0 - 33Reds
Brewers3 - 03Braves
D-Backs2 - 02Dodgers

 

 

Big John Got A 7th-Inning Double On This Play

 

 

Today, I’ll highlight the Dodgers, who added big contracts to make the postseason, but they are a bunch of strangers.  There is no jelling period or a player history to lean on.  Joe Blanton has a short leash, and Josh Beckett is in the down season of his alternating good-or-bad campaigns since 2005.   Los Angeles has had difficulties at the backend of their bullpen since Jonathan Broxton was their closer before relinquishing that role.  They are a fantasy-team construction and I expect them to miss the playoffs, which is not a new appraisal.

 

 

Cliff Lee Dials Up A Circle Change In The 3rd At The Bank On September 7 Against The Rox

 

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA for his last 12 outings. That ledger reads:  85.2 innings, 87 hits, 30 runs (27 earned), 7 BB and 79 punch outs.  Against the Fish in Florida, his late-June line was:  4.2 frames, 10 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 96 misfired bullets.  However, that was his last start before the 12 listed above.

 

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

 

Josh Johnson Loads Up A 3-Finger Change At Home On September 6 Against The Brewers

 

 

Josh Johnson:

 

He is 2-6 with a 5.22 away ERA, which is 2.35 lower in Miami.  He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 14 of 28 attempts with 7 clunkers.  In 3 appearances (2 home) against the Phils, his mark is:  1-2, a 4.08 ERA, 17.2 frames, 18 hits, 8 all-earned runs, 5 free passes (1 intentional) and 14 whiffs.

 

 

 

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
Cliff Lee
Edwin Jackson
NUMBERA OneA Four
CLUB SLOTThreeThree
FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm
'12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories
LAST STARTCutter *Eephus Pitch
LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories13th 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

 

 
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



DOC HALLADAY

DOC'S LINE: 5 INN, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K & 90 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: 4
2ND WC Pos: 4 (Tied)
Elimination No: 17

 

 

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

 

The Original Article:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Masked September (& Poll From 9/3)

 

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