Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/18/12

The final series may mean something to both teams, because Jimmy Rollins and the Philadelphia Phillies might have a shot on October 3.  Will you enjoy the journey or wait until September ends?




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.


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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-1 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins

Chase Utley

Dom Brown

Cliff Lee* Scored On A Shallow Out For A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
** Smacked A Solo HR In The 5th For A 2-0 Score
* A Sac-Fly RBI In The 1st
During His 2 For 3 Evening
A Solo Poke For A 3-1 Game In The 7th
With A Triple Over 4 AB
Fired 8 Solid Innings With 10 K's Greenhouse Cholley's BatsJimmy Rollins* Took 1st On A K, 2nd After An E1 Pick-Off, Was Moved
Over & Scored On A Sac-Fly Liner In The 1st The Movie HouseJimmy Rollins** Umps Ruled A HR Upon Review In The 5th


Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events



GB 2nd WC:  3.5 
2ND WC Pos:  5 
Elimination No:  12



Video Revealed J-Roll’s HR In The 5th








The Final Day:


It has taken a smorgasbord of events for this season to unfold in this way. In fact, the end result has been a strange year, which is far from over. That said, there are more chapters in this book, which might include facing the Nats during the postseason. The red pinstripes danced just beneath .500 with a hanging-on mentality, and then dropped into the cellar, languishing there for a long stay. Now, they are trying to float above the .500 mark.

Chase Utley Records The 1st-Inning Force Out At 2nd

Some wonder why. Three of their stars had incremental maladies. Everyone knew since the previous NLDS that Ryan Howard was going to be on the DL in April. Chase Utley again had a balky-knee issue in March, and his presence was put on hold for a 2nd straight campaign. Doc Halladay dismissed early reports on his velocity, but his numbers started to rise in May. When the good Doctor went on the shelf, the rotation lost its ace and anchor. Cliff Lee was battling the mental aspect of his adversity, and Cole Hamels initially struggled to fill Doc’s shoes. Then, they were locked in the basement until their 3 elite players got reacclimated.

Things would have been smoother with Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton, but the 3 major performers were not ready until after the trading deadline. This also affected acquiring a veteran reliever for the 8th to set-up Jonathan Papelbon. Meanwhile, Doc and Ryno are still not at their best either.


Series 3: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals0 - 03'Stros Dodgers0 - 03@ Nats Pirates1 - 24@ Cubs Pirates0 - 03Brewers Brewers0 - 03@ Pirates D-Backs0 - 03@ Padres Padres0 - 03D-Backs

* Series 2


Dom Triples In The 4th

Antonio Bastardo, Phillippe Aumont, Jeremy Horst and Josh Lindblom are going to succeed most of the time.  That means it will take every single one of the 14 remaining games to earn a tie for the 2nd wild card.  This final push is like Ryno in his battle with his healing body to do more than it can.  The core 4, the horses, the closer and Chooch Ruiz–fighting through his foot problems–will not be enough without assistance from some unlikely heroes.  The positive is that there are some candidates who will see an opportunity to taste championship champagne, knowing their contribution is critical.  Caution:  There are speed bumps along the way to the final 27 outs on the regular schedule in October, and until then there will be uncertainty, like 2007.


2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6177 - 70-----06 - 09 Dodgers70 - 6376 - 711.006 - 08 Brewers63 - 6874 - 722.011 - 04 Pirates70 - 6173 - 723.003 - 11 Phillies63 - 6974 - 743.511 - 05 D-Backs66 - 6772 - 744.506 - 07 Padres62 - 7171 - 766.009 - 05



Tyler Cloyd Hurls A Dart On September 13 In Houston






Tyler Cloyd:


He has lasted 7 innings in 1 of 4 outings with 2 short-lived debacles.  Against the Mets in late August at home, his ledger read:  6 complete, 7 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 BB and 5 whiffs on 102 tosses.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 4.95 ERA@ MetsRHP Matt Harvey 03-05, 2.92 ERATuesday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels15-06, 3.06 ERA@ MetsRHPJeremy Hefner02-06, 4.99 ERAWednesday, Night 1RHP Kyle Kendrick09-11, 3.95 ERABravesRHP Tommy Hanson12-08, 4.33 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay10-07, 4.03 ERABravesLHP Mike Minor09-10, 4.31 ERASaturday, Late Day 3LHP Cliff Lee06-07, 3.27 ERABravesRHP Tim Hudson15-6, 3.77 ERASunday, Day

Matt Harvey Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball At Home On September 12 Against The Nats



Matt Harvey:


He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 2 of 9 appearances with 2 clunkers.  However, he is 0-2 with a 2.12 home ERA, which is 1.19 lower than on the road.  His log against the Phils at the Bank in late August was:  6.1 innings, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 2 free passes and 6 strikeouts on 98 bullets.


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 CloydMatt Harvey NUMBERA FiveA Five CLUB SLOTFiveFour FOR 2012Short ArmOver The Top '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkball Changeup * LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories8th 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





CLIFF'S LINE: 8 INN, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K & 111 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total31 - 203.406.156 of 78229537.05042142031052500 Halladay10 - 074.037.015 of 23005149.21440670670300122 Lee06 - 073.276.121 of 27002190.01930730690280184 Hamels15 - 063.066.220 of 28222197.11730740670472194




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