Jimmy Rollins is the tribal leader for the Philadelphia Phillies. Can Cholley’s boys ride his wave of enthusiasm to the final 2012 MLB victory?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 3-1 Triumph
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Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
The Mad Dash:
As I pointed out back on September 3, the wild card has altered the postseason landscape. There was a time when collapses were very rare. The 1951 Dodgers and the 1964 Phillies were the famous ones. However, we’ve seen the demise of the 2007 Mets before the Red Sox and the Braves in 2011. Recently, the 2007 Rox caught fire but this campaign it’s the Phils, Brewers and Pads.
The red pinstripes are 35-21 and the Friars are 35-22 since the break. The Brew Crew is 32-26 in the 2nd half but they are 18-5 more recently. After Colorado, San Diego will face off against Arizona, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Milwaukee. The Brewers have 13 difficult games and 6 easier ones. If either organization is for real, they will leave no doubt after the battles that await them.
The locals have the advantage of finishing the marathon before and having 3 fresh stars. Doc Haladay has logged 143.2 frames, which is about 100 less than his annual workload. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are in mid-season form, because they have only competed for 3 months. Cliff Lee is a streak rider, because he is affected mentally by his most recent performances. The crowd and the winning atmosphere are instrumental for his psyche more than the others.
As they inch closer to a slice of October pie, these warriors become even more dangerous. They are on a miracle run, like the Rox of ‘07. Their swagger has returned, and the opposition’s scoreboard watchers can see the heat-seeking missile on their radar screens. They are beginning to realize that Goliath has arisen from the dead, and is hungry after a 4-year hibernation.
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The Pirates are in the uncharted territory of September baseball, and they appear to have stalled with a 2-9 record this month. The surprising thing about them is that they are in the bottom third of the majors for batting, fielding and starting pitching. Their bullpen has been their strength. They have the Cubs for 4 games but were swept by them last weekend. I don’t expect them to recover because they are headed in the wrong direction.
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He has lasted 7 innings in 1 of 3 attempts with 1 debacle. That means he has had 1 good, 1 excellent and 1 poor outing.
He is 6-2 with a 2.06 home ERA, which is 3.00 lower in Houston. He has worked 6.2 frames or more in 11 of 28 opportunities with 8 clunkers. Against the Phils in mid-May, his line was: 5.2 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 3 free passes (1 intentional) and 3 strikeouts.
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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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POLL: Will The Phillies Finish In The Money?
MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 3
2ND WC Pos: 4 (Tied)
Elimination No: 17
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The Original Article & Poll: Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Masked September (From 9/3)
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