Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/21/12

There is a better shot at that 5th postseason berth for Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies than the numbers display.  What can be discovered inside the final matchups on the schedule?




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:    16-1 Blowout

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UteyFive-Star Performance
The PenthouseChase Utley

Ryan Howard

Dom Brown

Tyler Cloyd
* An RBI Single To Open A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
During His 4 For 5 Evening With A HBP & 4 Steaks
* An RBI Single In The 1st To Open A 2-0 Advantage
During His 2 For 6 Night With A Grand Slam & 5 RBI
* A Bags-Full RBI Single To Open A 3-0 Score In The 1st
During His 3 For 5 Evening
A Strong 3-Hit 8-Inning Victory Greenhouse Cholley's Bats6 Players, 3 Runs* A Bloop Single (J-Roll), A Bunt Hit (Pierre), An RBI Knock (Utley),
An RBI Single (Ryno), A Single (Mayberry) & An RBI Single (Brown) Rally Tal & Cap8 Starters, 8 Runs* 2 Singles (J-Roll & Pierre), 2 RBI Singles (Utley & Howard),
A Single (Mayberry), An RBI Single (Brown), An RBI BB (Frandsen),
An RBI HBP (Kratz), A 2-Run Single (J-Roll), A Single (Pierre)
& An RBI Single (Utley) In The 1st The WorkhouseHome SP* A 30-Pitch No-Outs-Recorded Frame The BathhouseHome SP* Sent To The Showers After 0+ Innings The Fun HouseTyler Cloyd
Home Defense* Batted Before He Threw A Pitch, Making The 1st 2 Outs In The 1st
Recorded A Ball-Bobbled Force Out At 2nd Due To
A Very Short Slide In The 9th
The Outhouse2B Ump A Questionable Line-Drive Force Out At 2nd For A DP In The 6th The SteakhouseChase Utley
Ryan HowardA 4-Sirloin Game
A 5-Filet-Mignon Performance A House PartyHittersA Singles Party With 19 Of Them A Full HouseBats, Arms & Gloves16 Runs Scored, 1 Run Allowed & 0 Errors


Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event



GB 2nd WC:  4.0 
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  9


Remaining 3-Game Series:

TEAMSERIES TO WATCH Of LAST 4OTHER SERIES Of LAST 4 Cards@ Cubs (1), Nats (3), & Reds (4)@ 'Stros (2) Brewers* @ Nats (1) & @ Reds'Stros (3) & Pads (4) Dodgers@ Reds (1), @ Pads (2) & Giants (4)Rox (3)

* 4-Game Series



Chase Drives In The 1st Of 16 Runs During The 1st






Dissecting The Schedule:


There is more than math to determine the finish of this campaign. It does not take into consideration rivalries or games between potential playoff foes. Also, there is the health of the players on those clubs. And no pennant hopeful wants to go into serious competition on a sour note. Like the Pirates found out, there is the pressure of September baseball, and roster holes on the contenders become exposed. I broke down the upcoming series into 2 categories for each franchise above.

Firstly, the Cards do not have the full services of Carlos Beltran, who is having difficulty with his balky knees. Their 1st opponent is the Cubs, which is a long-time adversary, and they will do everything they can to cause problems for the Red Birds. Plus, St. Louis will face Washington and Cincinnati to close out the year. Both organizations do not want The Cards to think they are beatable, and the Reds would prefer an October without a squad that sees them a lot.

The Brewers have 4 with the Nats and 3 against the New Red Machine. Both of those postseason-bound squads will not want Milwaukee to think they can go deep in the playoffs. Their 162 comes down to those 7 battles. Los Angeles is headed in the wrong direction, and Washington just took 2 of 3 from them. The Nats will also want to stop the Brewers next.


Series 3: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals3 - 03'Stros Dodgers1 - 23@ Nats Pirates0 - 33Brewers Brewers3 - 03@ Pirates D-Backs2 - 13@ Padres Padres1 - 23D-Backs



Recently, the Phils went 5-1 against Washington, and they were 2-1 in Atlanta.  They have also played well against contenders in the 2nd half.  They are 24-17 and 9-2-2 in series against them.  Obviously, if the red pinstripes get past their divisional rivals, it will be important to scoreboard watch.  If you’ve seen their recent contests, certain names pop up prominently:  Jimmy Rollins, Utley and Ryan Howard.  They are the 3 cornerstone regulars of the core 4.


2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6180 - 70-----09 - 09 Brewers63 - 6877 - 722.514 - 04 Dodgers70 - 6377 - 733.007 - 09 Phillies63 - 6976 - 744.013 - 05 Pirates70 - 6174 - 755.504 - 14 D-Backs66 - 6774 - 755.508 - 08 Padres62 - 7172 - 788.010 - 07



Kyle Kendrick Fires A Bullet On September 15 In Houston






Kyle Kendrick:


He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 10 of 22 outings with 4 debacles.  Against the Braves in 2 efforts at the Bank, his ledger reads:  0-0, a 5.23 ERA, 10.1 frames, 11 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 4 BB and 6 whiffs.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 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 Hudson15-06, 3.77 ERASunday, Day


Tommy Hanson Delivers His Pitch At The Ted On September 15 Against The Nats



Tommy Hanson:


He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 9 of 28 opportunities with 7 clunkers.  He is 8-4 with a 4.09 away ERA, which is 0.51 lower on the road.  His line against the Phils in both parks (1 each) is:  1-0, a 5.91 ERA, 10.2 frames, 13 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 3 walks (1 intentional) and 9 strikeouts. That stated, he is 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA in his last 5 starts, and he has had control struggles recently.



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


HURLERKyle KendrickTommy Hanson NUMBERA FiveA Three CLUB SLOTFourTwo FOR 2012 SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTKnuckleball ***Slurve LAST HIGH OR LOW11th of 15 Categories9th 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*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also




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