Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/22/12

In a September of increasing hope, Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies are winning by the slimmest margin at times.  Have you been watching the scoreboard lately to notice the same dynamic on other contending teams?




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: Answer at game 162


CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    6-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance The Penthouse Juan Pierre
Chase Utley
Kevin Frandsen
Ryan Howard
Chooch Ruiz

Kyle Kendrick
Antonio Bastardo
* Smoked A Triple & Scored In The 1st For A 1-0 Game
* An RBI Groundout In The 1st
Homered For A 2-1 Advantage In The 3rd
** A Solo Blast In The 4th For A 3-1 Score
**A Solo Bomb To Open A 4-1 Lead In The 4th
During A 2 For 3 Night With A BB & 2 RBI
6.2 Strong Innings
A Solid 8th-Inning Hold
Greenhouse Cholley's BatsJuan Pierre* Tripled & Scored On A Groundout In The 1st The Animal HouseRyan Howard
Ryno & Chooch** 3 Straight Games With A HR
** Consecutive Homeruns In The 4th


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



GB 2nd WC:  3.0 
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  9



Chase Gives The Bell One Final HR Ring In The 8th








The Lower Bar:

The difference between this campaign and the 102-victory one that preceded it is strikingly opposite. That brings up an interesting contrast on the reaction to this phenomenon. This situation is creating a stir among the fans, the media, the players and other cities. As they draw closer to the 2nd wild-card berth, the volume is increasing and I expect that the loudness will become more pleasurable.

Kevin Frandsen Starts The Solo HR Attack In The 3rd



Fans keep anticipating an end to this valiant run toward the playoffs, but on New York radio, I heard a Mets follower complain that his club should have played the spoiler against the Phils. The sports commentators excitedly opine that the red pinstripes are only 3 games out of it, but then they seem befuddled that it doesn’t seem to end. The players enter each battle to win that day, while the time expires on the clock. Some nights there is no gain and other evenings there is. The competition realizes the height of the mountain before them, breathing a little easier for now.


Series 1: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals0 - 13@ Cubs Brewers1 - 04@ Nats Dodgers1 - 03@ Reds Pirates0 - 13@ 'Stros D-Backs1 - 04@ Rox Padres0 - 13@ Giants



Chase Utley Swipes 2nd During The Employed Shift In The 6th


The beauty is that there is no pressure on the stars to even tie for the 2nd wild card, and fans would consider that more than they have expected in quite awhile.  There is no hype-oriented obstacle, which means they are relaxed and worry-free.  It would be a surprise, if fans would be disappointed at the end of this 162.  However, as I said on September 3, this season appears to be franchise history encapsulated into one 7-month period.  In other words, the next step is to play meaningful October baseball, and–like 2007–that means uncertainty until the final 27 outs are recorded for 2012.


2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6180 - 71-----09 - 10 Brewers63 - 6878 - 721.515 - 04 Dodgers70 - 6378 - 732.008 - 09 Phillies63 - 6977 - 743.014 - 05 D-Backs66 - 6775 - 754.509 - 08 Pirates70 - 6174 - 765.504 - 15 Padres62 - 7172 - 798.010 - 08



Doc Fires A Bullet On September 16 In Houston





Doc Halladay:


He is 6-1 with a 3.58 ERA since August 4. During those 9 outings, his log is:  60.1 innings, 56 hits, 24 all-earned runs, 14 free passes and 50 punch outs.  Against the Braves in 3 away efforts, his ledger reads:  0-1, a 8.44 ERA, 16 frames, 25 hits, 15 all-earned runs, 5 BB and 15 whiffs.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 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 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

Mike Minor Dials Up A 4-Seam Fastball During The 6th At Home On September 16 Against The Nats



Mike Minor:


He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 11 of 28 opportunities with 10 clunkers.  He is 3-6 with a 5.31 away ERA, which is 1.84 lower at home.  His line against the Phils in both parks (1 away of 3) is:  1-1, a 3.60 ERA, 20 complete, 18 hits, 8 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 17 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


HURLERDoc HalladayMike Minor NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTOneFive FOR 2012Short ArmShort Arm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeup Sinker * LAST HIGH OR LOW8th of 15 Categories6th 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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