There is a better shot at that 5th postseason berth for Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies than the numbers display. What can be discovered inside the final matchups on the schedule?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 16-1 Blowout
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 4.0
2ND WC Pos: 4
Elimination No: 9
Remaining 3-Game Series:
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* 4-Game Series
Dissecting The Schedule:
There is more than math available to determine the finish of this campaign. The digits do not take into consideration rivalries or games between potential playoff foes. Also, there is the health of the players on those clubs. And no pennant hopeful wants to go into serious competition on a sour note. Like the Pirates found out, there is the pressure of September baseball, and roster holes on contenders become exposed. I broke down the upcoming series into 2 categories for each franchise above.
Firstly, the Cards do not have the full services of Carlos Beltran, who is having difficulty with his balky knees. Their 1st opponent is the Cubs, who are a long-time adversary, and they will do everything they can to cause problems for the Red Birds. Plus, St. Louis will face Washington and Cincinnati to close out the year. Both organizations do not want The Cards to think they are beatable, and the Reds would prefer an October without a squad that sees them a lot.
The Brewers have 4 with the Nats and 3 against the New Red Machine. Both of those postseason-bound squads will not want Milwaukee to believe they can go deep in the playoffs. Their 162 comes down to those 7 battles. Los Angeles is headed in the wrong direction, and Washington just took 2 of 3 from them. The Nats will also want to stop the Brewers next.
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Recently, the Phils went 5-1 against Washington, and they were 2-1 in Atlanta. They have also played well against contenders in the 2nd half. They are 24-17 and 9-2-2 in series against them. Obviously, if the red pinstripes get past their divisional rivals, it will be important to scoreboard watch. If you’ve seen their recent contests, certain names pop up prominently: Jimmy Rollins, Utley and Ryan Howard. They are the 3 cornerstone regulars of the core 4.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:
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He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 10 of 22 outings with 4 debacles. Against the Braves in 2 efforts at the Bank, his ledger reads: 0-0, a 5.23 ERA, 10.1 frames, 11 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 4 BB and 6 whiffs.
He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 9 of 28 opportunities with 7 clunkers. He is 8-4 with a 4.09 away ERA, which is 0.51 lower than at home. His line against the Phils in both parks (1 each) is: 1-0, a 5.91 ERA, 10.2 frames, 13 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 3 walks (1 intentional) and 9 strikeouts. That stated, he is 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA in his last 5 starts, and he has had control struggles recently.
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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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