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Even Roy Halladay encountered it before rejoining the Philadelphia Phillies.  What team did he face in Clearwater for his rehab outing? TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.  If you were directed here by a feed and this review does not mention yesterday’s contest, please go to the Phillies page for my most recent coverage. (Early morning readers may arrive before the latest post.) Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you. Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Howling deadline wolves CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastJoe BlantonFive-Star Performance The PenthouseJoe Blanton

Juan Pierre
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Howard
Jonathan PapelbonGot The Ball To The 9th With A Sparkling Performance
Escaped A 1-Out, Runners-At-The-Corners Jam In The 4th
Singled In Chooch With 2 Outs In The 2nd For A 1-0 Lead
Pulled A Paint-Scraping HR For A 2-0 Score In The 3rd
Went To The Opposite Field For His 1st HR In The 4th
The Streak-Continuing, 1-Run Save The Fun HouseOpposition INFBlown Rundown Play The Kangaroo CourthouseShane Victorino Picked-Off 2nd In The 3rd This is an article that got buried by trade-rumor commentary,  and I decided to publish an updated version. Woot! There It Is In The 4th After A 4-Bagger NITECAP INSIGHT All Parts Equal The Whole: The answer is that only divine intervention will save the red pinstripes, like 2007. At this point most will feel these examples are only signposts on the way to a cursed summer. The first clue appeared on July 4th with the 1st win for Cliff Lee, which was their only victory over the previous 12 decisions. He, naturally, lost when every other member of the rotation recorded wins. Independence Day was the freeing occasion and not July 3, while we waited in vain for someone else to chalk up a W. The Out-Of-The-Baseline Play In The 4th The other ace had his rehab in Florida against the Miracle from Ft. Myers. Miracle was used to describe what the Phils require. Then, there are the potential bookends of 2007 and 2012. We, coincidentally, faced the Rox in the ‘07 NLDS, and that was the organization a supernatural event had to be initiated against. Colorado was swept by Boston that year, which had Jonathan Papelbon as their hammer. The locals have never secured a wildcard, and they haven’t slipped in to capture a pennant or a World Series either. They’ve done the unexpected but not the impossible. Yeah! That’s Why I Signed Here. The must-see development was the matchup after the 13th. Lee was triumphant on his 14th attempt and that was the 1st shot after Friday the 13th. And now that he had absorbed another L on his ledger, perhaps, the baseball gods were accommodated. That said, the squad–like Lee–produced a victory. And the opposing hurler in that 1st win, also, had 13 starts before that effort. The 2nd battle for the 2nd half was a victory, which kept 2012 on life support. They were at the end of their possibilities, and then they delayed their fate.  Next, they took the series at Coors in convincing fashion.  That said, they went west to matchup with a stronger opponent.  Plus, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Polly Polanco have an extra incentive to turn things around.  If the Phils don’t rebound, they will be ex-Phillies and they don’t want to be.  Now, the streak has reached three with the excitement we were accustomed to. Did Doc arrive in the nick of time? Doc Loads Up On May 27 In St. Louis PRECAP PITCH Doc Halladay: He will be limited to 5-6 innings or 75-85 bullets.  He drew a Triple-A replacement due to an unexpected health issue. STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Doc Halladay4-5, 3.98 ERA@ DodgersRHP Stephen Fife Triple-A StatsTuesday, Late Night 3LHP Cliff Lee1-6, 3.92 ERA@ DodgersLHP Clayton Kershaw7-5, 2.84 ERAWednesday, Late Day 1RHP Vance Worley5-5, 3.47 ERAGiantsRHP Tim Lincecum3-10, 5.93 ERAFriday, Night Stephen Fife Pictured On March 4 During Spring Training Stephen Fife: He is the emergency option after Chad Billingsley revealed his elbow problem belatedly. Fife went 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he had 3 clunkers in his previous 5 attempts. That said, he threw 7-scoreless, 2-hit frames the last time out. DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5 Slot on his club:  1 – 5 Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous. * = Breaking Ball HURLERDoc HalladayStephen Fife NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTOneFive FOR 2012SidearmFirst Start '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories-- of 5 Categories LAST STARTEephus Pitch & *----- LAST HIGH OR LOW13th of 15 Categories-- of 15 Categories PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 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** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. Check out my previous publications (The Roster Monsters) and the 76 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page, where there is an excerpt photo. Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I am alternating the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Howling deadline wolves Phillies Tal Venada (Author archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 90 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 89

The Impossible Math Behind Phils’ Playoff Hopes

Roy Halladay will need to lead the Phillies to 7 out of 10 wins for the rest of the season for the Phils to have a shot at the playoffs. I'd be sweating, too, Roy. Photo: AP With the Phillies’ win today against the struggling Rockies, the Fightins moved to 11 games behind co-Wild Card Leaders Atlanta and Pittsburgh with six teams in between. At this point, the Phils need to...

Phils' Halladay looks like his old self

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Roy Halladay to Return on Tuesday Against Dodgers

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw a rehab start on Thursday night in Single A Clearwater. He pitched 3 innings, gave up two hits and an unearned run. Yesterday, Halladay threw another bullpen session and more importantly was cleared to come off of the disabled list. Halladay will make his first start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s good news for the Phillies...

Phillies' Halladay will return Tuesday

The Philadelphia Phillies made official on Sunday what had been suspected on Saturday - that Roy Halladay will be their starting pitcher on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Halladay has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a right lat strain and has not pitched since May 27. Halladay, 35, made a rehab start on Thursday with the Class A Fort Myers Miracle...

In Doc’s Return, Phils Down Dodgers

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Gameday: Phillies (40-51) at Dodgers (48-43)

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Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 93

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is the cream of the NL East.  What starter on the Braves also goes deep into games frequently?  The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage. TAL’S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after...

Phillies Look to Re-Create Former Magic With Roy Halladay, Old School Lineup Against Unknown Dodger

  "WE LIKE ROY! WE LIKE ROY!" Download Actual audio of crowd's reaction.   That is what the Phillies fans are screaming tonight.  (Well, the ones that are able to stay up until 10:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.)   Roy Halladay makes his much-anticipated return to the Phillies rotation tonight AND Kyle Kendrick is officially a member of the bullpen and a sizeable...

Roy Halladay Will Start On Tuesday Against The Dodgers

Photo: Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso Hallelujaha! Roy Halladay is back and he is ready to take the hill and he will do so on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. The Phils' ace has been out of action for over a month after a right lat strain back on May 27th. When originally diagnosed, Halladay was given 6-8 weeks recovery time plus rehab time. If my math is on track, he's...

Dodgers skid continues despite strong start

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Howard homers, Halladay harbors hope

The Phillies won an ugly game last night, and there is no other way to describe it. Atrocious base-running and poor fielding have doomed the Phillies all season, but somehow they were able to escape the unfortunate outcome Monday night in Los Angeles, beating the Dodgers 3-2. First, the positives. Joe Blanton gave the Phillies eight innings and rarely gave up a big hit. The Dodgers...

Votto, Bautista injured; Halladay, Sabathia return

Joey Votto needs knee surgery, and Jose Bautista is out with a wrist injury. Two of baseball's best hitters were sidelined in a matter of hours Monday, one night before a pair of top pitchers are slated to return to the mound. Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia are both set to come off the disabled list Tuesday - and the way things are shaping up this summer, pennant races all over...

Phillies at point where they could be buyers not sellers

With their fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the latest news out of Phillies camp, they could be buyers, or do nothing, as the trade deadline approaches. Oh, there may be a small trade for a reliever, or a minor outfielder trade, but … It is reported in several Web sites that the Phillies have offered $130 million, six-year contract to Cole Hamels...
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