Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/27/12

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?




I will publish after every battle that is not washed out.  I will have many summer-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: Expectations 1 year after


CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-4 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The BathhouseKyle Kendrick* Hit The Showers After 2+ Innings The Blood BathhouseKyle Kendrick* Smoked For 5 Runs (4 Earned) Over 2 Innings The Kangaroo CourthouseB.J. RosenbergWalked The Away SP In The 4th The WhitehouseB.J. Rosenberg** 1st MLB Hit & RBI In The 4th The Fun House Of MirrorsB.J. Rosenberg** A Single Between The SS & 2B--A Near Collision--In The 4th


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 the future for 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 conversation items.


Series 2: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals2 - 13@ 'Stros Brewers1 - 13@ Reds Dodgers1 - 13@ Pads D-Backs1 - 03@ Giants



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:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6184 - 72-----13 - 11 Dodgers70 - 6380 - 753.510 - 12 Brewers63 - 6880 - 753.517 - 07 D-Backs66 - 6778 - 765.012 - 09 Phillies63 - 6978 - 775.515 - 08








Tyler Cloyd:


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.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Tyler Cloyd02-01, 3.86 ERANatsLHP Gio Gonzalez20-08, 2.84 ERAThursday, Night 1LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.18 ERA@ MarlinsLHP Mark Buehrle 13-13, 3.84 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay10-08, 4.40 ERA@ MarlinsRHP Ricky Nolasco12-12, 4.35 ERASaturday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels16-06, 3.11 ERA@ MarlinsRHP Nathan Eovaldi03-06, 4.29 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Kyle Kendrick10-12, 4.08 ERA@ NatsLHP Ross Detwiler 10-07, 3.28 ERAMonday, Night




Gio Gonzalez:


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.


DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION 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


HURLERTyler CloydGio Gonzalez NUMBERA FiveA Two CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter * Cutter * LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories3rd 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


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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also




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Check out my previous publications (The Diamond Digit) and the 117 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.



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