As they cling to the final arrow in their quiver, the Philadelphia Phillies and Jimmy Rollins are running out of battles. However, did anybody expect a postseason shot this late in the year?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 8-4 Outcome
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
GB 2nd WC: 5.5
2ND WC Pos: 4 (Tie)
Elimination No: 2
Relevant Until The End Of September:
It doesn’t matter how the last 7 battles turn out, because the red pinstripes provided excitement after the break, which was a pleasant surprise. Most felt that .500 was nearly impossible, but they surpassed that benchmark, coming within 3 games of the 2nd wild card. During these last 67 contests, they produced many late-inning comebacks. They were fun to watch again and there was hope in our hearts. Plus, we also got a peek at 2013.
The young guns in the bullpen grew into the job, and lowered the ERA under 4.00. That stated, they did so well that Rube Amaro may only require 1 veteran free agent for the 8th, while they get more seasoned in ‘13. Dom Brown and Darin Ruf are looking better with each passing week. The return of Freddy Galvis and the possible move to the hot corner for Chase Utley are other engaging details.
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The playoff math is coming down to a 7-0 record for the locals, which means the Red Birds only need a 1-5 mark. However, those 6 games are against the Nats with the Braves on their heels, and the Reds, a divisional foe. Cincinnati wants to go into the NLDS after taking, at least, 2 of 3 from St. Louis.
Realizing that tall order, we can applaud Cholley’s boys for going 41-26 (.612) during these recent 67 battles. In their present form after the Joe Blanton trade, they went 31-19 (.620). There are still a few morsels to enjoy before the finale on October 3.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:
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Due to Doc Halladay’s shoulder spasms, the rookie will get 2 turns instead of 1. He has worked 7 full or more in 2 of 5 opportunities with 2 clunkers.
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He is 11-4 with a 3.24 road ERA, which is 0.86 lower in Washington. He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 13 of 31 efforts with 4 debacles. Against the Phils for 3 outings at both parks (2 away), his ledger reads: 2-1, a 1.90 ERA, 19 complete, 12 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 6 BB and 23 whiffs.
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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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