Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/4/12

Jimmy Rollins provided the rebound spark for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Can he will his club to close the 8-game gap for the 2nd wild card?



I will publish after every game 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.

CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    4-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastTyler CloydFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins
John Mayberry Jr.
Tyler Cloyd

Phillippe Aumont* A 2-Out, 3-Run Bomb For A 3-1 Lead In The 5th
A Paint Scraper In The 6th For A 4-1 Score
** Worked 7 Solid 4-Hit Innings With 9 K's
During His 1 For 3 Afternoon
*** Substituted For Paps To Record The Save The WhitehouseTyler Cloyd

Phillippe Aumont* His 1st MLB Hit In The 5th
** His 1st MLB Victory
*** His 1st MLB Save Rally Tal & Cap3 Players, 3 Runs* With 2 Outs, Singles (Larud & Cloyd) & A 3-Run HR (J-Roll) In The 5th

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

Chase Guns Down The Speed Merchant In The 9th


The Two-Sided Coin:

To answer the above question, J-Roll got my yes vote for the slimmest of margins. That is a tie for the 2nd wild card on the final day of the season. That stated, there are 2 dugouts on the diamond, and those regulars have the same goal. Just yesterday, the Reds fought down to the final strike, like the Braves had done on Sunday.

In the 2nd half the Phils are 3-2 (.600) against Cincinnati, who have gone 35-16 (.686) since the break. Atlanta had a stronger desire to win, because they don’t want a 1-game playoff for more October battles. They are 30-20 (.600) since the daily return on July 13, and they needed a beneficial bounce at third base to salvage a victory. The red pinstripes are 28-20 (.583) during the same timeframe. Their series records are 9-4-2 total and 6-3-1 against postseason-headed organizations.

This one-of-a-kind year is on course to encapsulate franchise history within its parameters. In 1983, the team rose from last place during September to the World Series. A young pitcher, wearing #50 (Marty Bystrom), was a big part of the 1980 squad; and yesterday it was Tyler (#50) Cloyd, who was triumphant on Labor Day. The icing on the cake would be a third matchup with the Yankees, including a different outcome. What can you expect during these last 27 contests? A roller coaster ride of highs and lows with a shrinking elimination number, while the margin for the 2nd wild card becomes more possible.

Kyle Kendrick Loads Up At The Bank On August 30 Against The Mets


Kyle Kendrick:

His ledger for his last 4 efforts reads:  4-0, a 1.90 ERA, 29.1 frames, 19 hits, 4 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 22 punch outs.  He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 9 of 19 chances with 5 debacles.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Kyle Kendrick08-9, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mat Latos11-4, 3.79 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Doc Halladay08-7, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mike Leake07-8, 4.45 ERAWednesday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee04-7, 3.52 ERARockiesLHP Jeff Francis5-4, 5.73 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 3.04 ERARockiesRHP Tyler Chatwood4-4, 5.53 ERASaturday, Night

Mat Latos Rears Back On August 29 In Phoenix

Mat Latos:

He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 15 of 27 showings with 7 clunkers.  However,  for his last 8 appearances, his line is:  3-1, a 2.55 ERA, 49.1 innings, 36 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), 16 free passes (2 intentional) and 43 whiffs.

DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters 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 KendrickMat Latos NUMBERA FiveA Three CLUB SLOTFourTwo FOR 2012 SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter *Split Finger LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories4th 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

GB 2nd WC: 8
2ND WC Pos: 6
Elimination No: 20

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The Original Article:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Masked September


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