Found September 21, 2012 on
We have reached the end: this is the last Phillies homestand of the 2012 season. The Atlanta Braves open the homestand tonight for the first of a three-game series. Being Atlanta's last visit to Citizens Bank Park and with the impending retirement of Chipper Jones, he will be honored by the Phillies before tonight's game. Kyle Kendrick takes on Braves starter Tommy Hanson.
Kendrick has been a primary reason for the Phillies second-half surge and he hopes to continue his magic tonight. Kendrick last pitched on Saturdy night against the Astros, going five innings and allowing four earned runs. However, the pitching line is hardly indicative of Kendrick's performance; sloppy defensive play led to two of those runs and caused Kendrick to pitch more than he needed to. All in all for the season Kendrick is now 9-11 with a 3.95 ERA. He hopes to become a double-digit winner for the fourth time in his career.
Hanson has been solid for the Atlanta Braves. He takes th...
BEST OF MAXIM
As the Phillies continue their hot ways, so does Ryan Howard. Howard hit his third home run in as many nights tonight to help lead the way against the Braves. The Phillies used four long balls and some good pitching from Kyle Kendrick to win 6-2 and move up another game in the Wild Card hunt.
Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen chipped in with solo home runs of their own...
Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies is the 4-slot option. How does the four for the Yankees match up with the locals? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
TAL’S HANDY STATS
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...
On one hand, the new one-game playoff system in baseball gives an additional team an opportunity to play for a World Series title. That certainly builds drama and suspense, but it also means two teams have only one chance to keep their championship hopes alive in a sport that is structured around series. This is the only year Chipper Jones will have to deal with the new format, but...
MR. MET WAS SPARED
The Phillies thrashed the Mets 16-1 last night, and New York manager Terry Collins had some choice words for his team in a press conference after the game.
Collins answered that he was embarrassed by the team's performance in the loss, and when asked if he thinks the team quit, Collins said "you'd have to ask them", and said he wouldn't express his opinion publicly...
Atlanta Braves right-hander, Kris Medlen, has shot up the F12 Rating since moving to the starting rotation on July 31. Medlen has pitched as efficiently as possible, leading the Braves to victory in all 10 of his starts.
Kris Medlen’s 2012 statistics:
Atlanta Braves (86-64) @ Philadelphia Phillies (76-74)Pitching Matchups:Friday, 7:05- Not a Hanson Brother vs. KK the GreatSaturday, 4:05- It's Minor not Major vs. Doc HalladaySunday, 1:35- Hudson Hornet vs. Suddenly LuckLeeHere's The Deal:The Phillies are in do or die mode, and even if they do, they still might die. 12 games remain in the season and their shot at the playoffs...
Charlie Manuel has put Pierre in the right spots to succeed in 2012. Could Pierre lead them into the playoffs? Photo: AP
In playing blackjack, there is a way to decrease the house advantage. This way of playing, basic strategy, limits the house advantage from somewhere around 0.64% for a six deck game to nearly even. The plays feel a little funny sometimes (hitting a hard 16 against...
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
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle...
Jimmy Rollins is one of the best shortstops in Phillies history, and will undoubtedly be on the Phillies Wall of Fame one day. But will he be in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as well? I say that he should get in eventually, though I don’t think he ever will. Our writers take a look:
Eric Seidman: Jimmy Rollins has 48.6 WAR in his career, which ranks 12th among shortstops...
Atlanta Braves (86-65) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-74)
Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) vs. Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03)
Time: 4:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 85
Media: Twitter and Facebook
What a huge win for the Fightin’ Phils on Friday night. They have to continue the momentum all weekend long.
This hasn’t been Roy Halladay’s best season, struggling with injuries...
Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies is the newest member in the rotation. How do other recent additions in the NL East match up with him? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
TAL’S HANDY STATS
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...
Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Roy Halladay to move closer to clinching a postseason berth with an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
The win coupled with Milwaukee's 10-4 loss to Washington reduced Atlanta's magic number for securing a playoff spot to three. The Braves were up 8 1/2 games through...
The Cardinals shook their recent slump and are hot right now. They get Chris Carpenter back tomorrow. It almost seems at this point that if the Phillies win out, they'll fall short. That's the hole that series in Houston helped dig.
I credit them for making it interesting. We all burried the team at one point or another. Hell, I had a tweet ready to go with two outs in...
Two big innings lead to the Phils routing of the Mets as they win by the score of 16-1.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who...