The Philadelphia Phillies were here before Cliff Lee arrived the first time. Will experience and success produce a different result now?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 7-6 Outcome
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 4.0
2ND WC Pos: 5
Elimination No: 12
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.
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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:
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.)
* 1 Tick UP
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