Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Edge of the ledge

The Philadelphia Phillies were here before Cliff Lee arrived the first time.  Will experience and success produce a different result now?

TAL’S HANDY CAPS

 

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    7-6 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufFour-Star Performance
The Penthouse Darin Ruf* Smoked A 3-Run Double To Take A 3-1 Lead In The 1st
During His 2 For 4 Night **
The WorkhouseAway SP* A 37-Pitch 1st Inning
Rally Tal & Cap4 Players & 3 Runs* A Single & A SB (Utley), 2 BB (Ryno & Mayberry)
& A 3-RBI Double (Ruf) In The 1st
The Big HouseVisiting 2BRobbed Mayberry Of A Bloop Hit In The 5th
The Fun House Of MirrorsOpposing PRWas Hit By Throws To 2B (SB) & Home On A SO WP
& Broke His Belt During The Steal In The 7th
The OuthouseHP Ump** Called Ruf Out On Strikes With A 3-2 Pitch
That Wasn't Close In The 8th

 

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

 

MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:

GB 2nd WC:  4.0 
2ND WC Pos:  5 
Elimination No:  12

 

 

Magic Juan’s 1st-Inning Catch Was No Lemon

 

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

 

Time To Knuckle Down:

 

This is a weird 162.  But what if it hasn’t reached its strangest point?  It could be the most unforgettable season in your life.  Could it be everything in one 7-month timeframe?  If ever there was such a year, this would be it.  The first experience was remaining viable with $60M on the DL.  Then, there was the extended confinement in the basement, like the good old days.  The middle of the pack, which is similar to many summers past, followed.  We are at the next stage, which is the roller coaster of chasing the postseason dream.  That was followed by barely making it, winning the championship and parading in a sea of red.

 

Series 2: 

TEAM
W - L
GMS
VERSUS
Cardinals2 - 24@ Dodgers
Dodgers2 - 24Cardinals
Pirates1 - 24@ Cubs
Brewers2 - 13Mets
D-Backs1 - 23Giants
Padres2 - 13Rox

 

 

The Big Piece Had To Settle For A 2-RBI Double As Payback In The 5th

The forgotten beauty after August is the elusive chase for that final playoff spot.  Before 2007, that was the annual heart-slaying ritual in the early 21st century  The days of promise followed by the hours in the disappointing downward spiral, when reality trumps wishful thinking.  Jimmy Rollins went on the record as having his sights aimed toward the 2nd wild card with his we-are-eyeing-that statement.  In his case that plural has always been Ryan Howard.  You can thank them for your reliving of those days.

 

2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAM
W-L (8/31)
W - L
GB
W-L (SEPT)
Cardinals71 - 6184 - 72-----13 - 11
Dodgers70 - 6381 - 753.011 - 12
Brewers63 - 6880 - 764.017 - 08
Phillies63 - 6978 - 786.015 - 09
D-Backs66 - 6778 - 786.012 - 11

 

 

J-Roll Swipes 2nd, Takes 3rd And Voices His Opinion In The 5th

This has the makings of a rare campaign, where you experience last place, the .500-mark dance, the wild-card race and–probably–serious October baseball. It is their destiny and your fate for 2012. Now, the word is that they are dead because they struggled in Houston. Remember, they said the same thing about a series in Pittsburgh back then. However, the injuries, the trades and the rookies have produced this rarity.

There are other possibilities for a year that encapsulates franchise history. In 1980, we had Marty Bystrom, this time it could be Phillippe Aumont (TBD). That first title featured the comeback habit, which is similar to the 2nd half of this tour. Warning:  Prepare yourself for the final 15 games on the regular schedule. Because the pattern for this 162 suggests a final-day postseason entry, like 2007.

 

Series 3: 

TEAM
W - L
GMS
VERSUS
Cardinals3 - 03'Stros
Dodgers1 - 23@ Nats
Pirates0 - 33Brewers
Brewers3 - 03@ Pirates
D-Backs2 - 13@ Padres
Padres1 - 23D-Backs

 

 

The General Commands A 2-Seam Fastball During 7 4-Hit Innings At The Bank On September 12 Against The Fish

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 5-2 with a 2.62 ERA since July 4. During those 13 performances, his line is:  92.2 innings, 91 hits, 31 runs (27 earned), 8 walks and 85 punch outs.  Against the Mets in both parks (2 each), his ledger reads:  1-1, a 3.41 ERA, 29 complete, 24 hits, 11 all-earned runs, 4 BB and 29 whiffs.

 

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

R.A. Dickey Dials Up A Knuckeball At Home On September 11 Against The Nats

 

 

 

R.A Dickey:

 

He has worked 6.2 frames plus in 20 of 29 appearances with 4 clunkers.  His log against the Phils at both venues (1 each) is:  1-0, a 3.86 ERA, 14 total, 20 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 2 free passes and 14 strikeouts.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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