Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Better half

Returning warriors, like Chase Utley, have guided the Philadelphia Phillies to a possible wild-card berth with a strong 2nd half.  Can Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard inspire this squad to compete beyond the regular schedule?

TAL’S HANDY CAPS

 

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-2 Outcome

TYPE
PLAYER
REASON
The Crystal Champagne ToastDarin RufFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseB.J. Rosenberg

Darin Ruf
Escaped A Bags-Full, 1-Out Jam In The 2nd
Picked-Off A Runner At 1st To End The 4th
* Hit A Solo HR To Take A 1-0 Lead In The 4th
* Smoked An 0-2 HR, Closing The Score To 3-2 In The 8th
During His 2 For 4 Night
The Fun House Of MirrorsAllFog Game #1 For 2012
The OuthouseHP UmpA SB On A Questionable Foul Tip In The 5th
The Animal HouseDarin Ruf* A 2 HR Night

 

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

 

MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:

GB 2nd WC:  4.0
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  7

 

Chooch’s Tag Was Late On This 2nd-Inning Play

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

Healthy Results:

 

The season is on life support, again. However, the Cards have 2 more battles with their long-time adversary–the Cubs–and 3 against the ‘Stros in Houston, where they have recently been difficult. They are 6-2 against 3 postseason-hopeful clubs during September, and that is the easiest of the 4 remaining series for the Cardinals. They finish at home with 3 each against the Nats and Reds, but both teams don’t want them to become too confident for the NL playoffs. That means these final games are meaningful.

How far have Cholley’s boys come since the break? St. Louis held a 9.5 game advantage over the Phils when baseball returned to daily action. Against contenders the locals are 8-3-2 in series with a 24-17 record (.585) for the 2nd half. Overall, they have gone 13-5-2 in matchups with a 40-25 mark (.615).

 

Series 1: 

TEAM
W - L
GMS
VERSUS
Cardinals2 - 13@ Cubs
Brewers2 - 24@ Nats
Dodgers2 - 13@ Reds
Pirates1 - 23@ 'Stros
D-Backs3 - 14@ Rox

 

 

Big John Came Within A Whisker Of A Catch In The 8th

 

The red pinstripes are 16-6 (.727) since August 30, while the Red Birds are 10-12 from that point.  That is a 6-game boost over a span of 22.  The Cards have struggled to get a 1-1 split so far in Chicago, which confirmed the suspicions I had before those contests began.  1 setback isn’t going to determine this race. St. Louis is playing .500 ball for September, and their roster holes cannot be hidden.  If they continue to win every other battle, the Phils can catch them on the last day of the year despite a slim margin for error.

 

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

 

 

 

The General Commands A 2-Seam Fastball During The 3rd On September 17 In Queens

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA since July 4.  During those 14 outings, his log is:  100.2 innings, 98 hits, 32 runs (28 earned), 9 walks and 95 punch outs.  Against the Braves at the Ted recently, his ledger read:  1-0, 7 complete, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB and 5 whiffs on 93 bullets.

 

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

 

Tim Hudson Loads Up A Pitch On September 17 In Miami

 

Tim Hudson:

 

He has worked 6.1 frames or more in 14 of 26 opportunities with 8 clunkers.  His line against the Phils in both parks (2 each) is: 2-1, a 5.32 ERA, 22 total, 26 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 free passes (1 intentional) and 12 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 & ** 1 Tick DOWN

 

 
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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