Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/23/12

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

 

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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    8-2 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The WorkhouseDoc Halladay* A 31-Pitch 2nd Inning For 2 Outs The BathhouseDoc Halladay* Knocked Out In The 2nd The Blood BathhouseDoc Halladay* 7 ER For 1.2 Innings The WhitehouseDarin Ruf
Ryan Howard1st MLB RBI In The 3rd
** His 300th Career Homerun In The 4th Animal HouseRyan Howard** A Missile Off The CF Brick Wall In The 4th
** His 4th HR In 4 Games

 

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

 

MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:

GB 2nd WC:  4.0
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  7

 

Chooch’s Tag Was Late On This 2nd-Inning Play

 

NITECAP INSIGHT

 

 

 

Healthy Results:

 

The season is on life support, again. However, the Cards have 2 more battles with their long-time adversary–the Cubs–and 3 against the ‘Stros in Houston, where they have recently been difficult. They are 6-2 against 3 postseason-hopeful clubs during September, and that is the easiest of the 4 remaining series for the Cardinals. They finish at home with 3 each against the Nats and Reds, but both teams don’t want them to become too confident for the NL playoffs. That means these final games are meaningful.

How far have Cholley’s boys come since the break? St. Louis held a 9.5 game advantage over the Phils when baseball returned to daily action. Against contenders the locals are 8-3-2 in series with a 24-17 record (.585) for the 2nd half. Overall, they have gone 13-5-2 in matchups with a 40-25 mark (.615).

 

Series 1: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals1 - 13@ Cubs Brewers1 - 14@ Nats Dodgers1 - 13@ Reds Pirates0 - 23@ 'Stros D-Backs2 - 04@ Rox Padres0 - 23@ Giants

 

 

Big John Came Within A Whisker Of A Catch In The 8th

 

The red pinstripes are 16-6 (.727) since August 30, while the Red Birds are 10-12 from that point.  That is a 6-game boost over a span of 22.  The Cards have struggled to get a 1-1 split so far in Chicago, which confirmed the suspicions I had before those contests began.  1 setback isn’t going to determine this race. St. Louis is playing .500 ball for September, and their roster holes cannot be hidden.  If they continue to win every other battle, the Phils can catch them on the last day of the year despite a slim margin for error.

 

2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6181 - 71-----10 - 10 Brewers63 - 6878 - 732.515 - 05 Dodgers70 - 6378 - 743.008 - 10 Phillies63 - 6977 - 754.014 - 06 D-Backs66 - 6776- 754.510 - 08 Pirates70 - 6174 - 776.504 - 16 Padres62 - 7172 - 809.010 - 09

 

 

 

The General Commands A 2-Seam Fastball During The 3rd On September 17 In Queens

 

PRECAP PITCH

 

 

 

Cliff Lee:

 

He is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA since July 4.  During those 14 outings, his log is:  100.2 innings, 98 hits, 32 runs (28 earned), 9 walks and 95 punch outs.  Against the Braves at the Ted recently, his ledger read:  1-0, 7 complete, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB and 5 whiffs on 93 bullets.

 

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cliff Lee06-07, 3.27 ERABravesRHP Tim Hudson15-06, 3.77 ERASunday, Day 1LHP Cole Hamels15-06, 3.05 ERANatsLHP John Lannan03-00, 4.43 ERATuesday, Night 2RHP Kyle Kendrick10-11, 3.89 ERANatsLHP Ross Detwiler 10-06, 3.10 ERAWednesday, Night 3RHP Doc Halladay10-08, 4.40 ERANatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-10, 3.77 ERAThursday, Night

 

Tim Hudson Loads Up A Pitch On September 17 In Miami

 

Tim Hudson:

 

He has worked 6.1 frames or more in 14 of 26 opportunities with 8 clunkers.  His line against the Phils in both parks (2 each) is: 2-1, a 5.32 ERA, 22 total, 26 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 free passes (1 intentional) and 12 strikeouts.

 

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

 

HURLERCliff LeeTim Hudson NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTThreeOne FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter *Forkball ** LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories12th 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 & ** 1 Tick DOWN

 

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

 

 

STATS




APOCALYPTIC
HORSEMEN



DOC HALLADAY
DOC'S LINE: 1.2 INN, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K & 51 PITCHES

 

 

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total31 - 213.506.156 of 802210544.25152232121092513 Halladay10 - 084.407.015 of 240006151.11490740740330125 Lee06 - 073.276.121 of 270002190.01930730690280184 Hamels15 - 063.056.220 of 292202203.11790760690482204

 

 

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