Roy Halladay is poised to be the stopper for the Philadelphia Phillies, as they plan on remaining 3 games behind 2 troubled teams. When you look beyond the standings, do you see a real opportunity for Cholley’s boys?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-0 Outcome
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MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 3.0
2ND WC Pos: 5
Elimination No: 14
The Bug Is Back:
Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen, here it is again. It is almost a part of the autumn landscape, like Halloween. The red pinstripes have been in the hunt consecutively for the last 8 years. The tradition began in 2005 with the wild-card chase. However, they have yet to capture a flagless entry into the postseason. Usually, a veteran squad with 102 victories the previous campaign does not sneak into October this way. The early attempts by the locals were in their younger days.
2012’s version is a mammoth comeback from the brink of mathematical elimination to the threshold for the second wild card. Baseball is an unusual sport. Just when you figure it out, it jumps up and bites you. The 2nd record-related playoff spot is an additional hurdle for a hot club to secure the trophy. The Phils have their most difficult path for a second title, but it would be just like the baseball gods to have a laugh at the owners’ expense.
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This current race is far from over and you can anticipate roller-coaster convulsiveness. Cholley Manuel is holding 3 aces, which means a 3-game winning streak can start today. That stated, St. Louis and Pittsburgh are suffering one setback after another, while Los Angeles is a bunch of strangers about to be without Clayton Kershaw. A second opinion is never a good sign with regard to season-ending surgery. By Wednesday morning, today’s overcast skies could be clear blue with a bit of a crisp September breeze.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:
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He is 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA since August 4. During those 8 performances, his line is: 54.1 innings, 50 hits, 21 all-earned runs, 12 walked and 43 fanned.
He is 3-4 with a 3.93 home ERA, which is 3.02 lower than on the road. He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 6 of 22 appearances with 11 monstrosities. In mid-May at The Bank, his log was: 6 full, 3 runs (1 earned), 1 BB and 4 K’s on 93 bullets.
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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
DISPLAY NOTE: Non-listed results can go up or down by
1 or 2 categories (This note will only appear when it’s relevant.)
* 2 Ticks UP
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