Darin Ruf ignited the offense for the Philadelphia Phillies to keep the flame of postseason hope burning. Is there a divine intervention in the vault?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 6-3 Triumph
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
GB 2nd WC: 5.5
2ND WC Pos: 4 (Tie)
Elimination No: 3
The Diamond Digit:
Are 5’s wild? On Sunday, the red pinstripes had an elimination number of 5, were in 5th place for the 2nd wild card, and 5 games behind. Was that a good or bad omen? The outward view is the impossible dream, but the matchups will separate the reality from wishful thinking. That stated, it is right before your eyes in the NL East.
2 victories by the Braves over the Fish coupled with a sweep at the Bank would put Atlanta 2 games out. With the division within reach, the Chop Shoppers will do anything to avoid a 1-contest playoff. That means the Nats would go into baseball heaven with a need to win every battle. And that situation would be especially bad news for the Cards, because the Braves host the Mets simultaneously.
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The Phils–as I said on Monday–have to go undefeated (8-0) the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the ‘Stros are due for one triumph over the Red Birds, which means that the hometown crew would be 4 back before traveling south. The Cardinals would be 84-72, while Cholley’s boys would be 80-76. Three sweeps are possible as the schedule winds down: The Phllies over Miami, Atlanta versus New York, and Washington against St. Louis. The locals have to take every game, while the Braves and the Nats will need every victory for the division.
If that were to occur, the NL East and the wild cards will still be undecided. And the red pinstripes would be 1 out with 3 to play. The final series would be the hometown 9 in Washington, and the Cards hosting the Reds. The Nationals would have Atlanta applying pressure, while they face a team that is trying to sneak into serious October competition. It means that the Phillies may have a major impact on the postseason, even if they may miss their first in years.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:
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He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 performances. During those appearances, his line is: 54 complete, 39 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 walks and 43 punch outs. He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 23 efforts with 7 debacles. Against the Nats for 3 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads: 1-1, a 2.41 ERA, 18.2 frames, 16 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 6 BB and 9 whiffs.
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He was the 7th arm for a 5-man staff, which landed him back at Triple-A until Stephen Strasburg was shut down. He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 4 opportunities with 1 clunker. He, also, has a history of getting hit by the Phils.
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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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21TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:
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