Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14

It will take more than Juan Pierre of the Philadelphia Phillies to make enough additional noise for serious October baseball.  From the individuals on the roster, who do you think will make a big difference?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastRyan HowardFive-Star Performance The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins
Chase Utley
Ryan HowardLed off The 1st With A HR For A 1-0 Advantage
* Worked A 2-Out, 8-Pitch BB After A 1-2 Count In The 9th
* Hit A Game-Winning 2-Run HR In The 9th With 2 Outs The WhitehouseCole HamelsRecorded The 200th of 202 K's In The 5th The Outhouse2B UmpMissed A Very Close Play (SB) At 2nd, Which Transpired
After A Pick-Off Throw To 1st In The 6th The Animal HouseRyan Howard* Launched A 2nd-Deck Rocket In The 9th


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



GB 2nd WC:  4.0 
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  10


The Rynosaur Christens The 2nd Deck With A 2-Run Missile In The 9th








The Short List:


The first place to look is the bullpen for the 8th-inning set-up. Phillippe Aumont has a 96-mph fastball with movement, and his off-speed stuff is excellent. That stated, he needs to control his curveball and split finger, which–if he does–he will reduce the load on Antonio Bastardo dramatically. Bastardo has been very consistent since the end of August, and–if that continues–he’ll take this team a long way. Jeremy Horst is a possibility for the 7th, while Josh Lindblom is nailing down the right side of that equation. Aumont or Bastardo could be the hero and the other could play a strong supporting role.

Magic Juan will not be a surprise with his .300 hitting and stolen bases. However, Dom Brown is a different story, as his name recently appears more often when the club scores. He could swipe an important bag, smack a game-deciding homer or triple before crossing the plate without an RBI hit. Then, there is Erik Kratz who returns to a backup job, and Kevin Frandsen with his stress-fractured limitation. John Mayberry Jr. could stay hot or Nate Schierholtz could become more visible otherwise. Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix would have to be perfect off the bench for a noticeable influence. Kyle Kendrick has a decent shot at securing a big win, while Tyler Cloyd with the off days won’t have much of a chance to do so.



Series 3: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals2 - 03'Stros Dodgers1 - 13@ Nats Pirates0 - 23Brewers Brewers2 - 03@ Pirates D-Backs1 - 03@ Padres Padres0 - 13D-Backs



The most likely players to make a difference are Bastardo, Aumont and Brown.  That doesn’t mean Pierre and Kendrick will not be big contributors, because they will probably need to continue their excellence. Without them there won’t be a need for another huge surprise to sneak into the postseason.  Doc Halladay will have to provide a solid 7 frames in each effort, Ryan Howard will need more production, and Chooch Ruiz must smoke some important hits.  They will have to chip in with more than they have done recently. Like an unexpected star, those 3 need to supply the occasional big-spot performance.  Thank you, Rynosaur.



2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6179 - 70-----08 - 09 Dodgers70 - 6377 - 722.007 - 09 Brewers63 - 6876 - 722.513 - 04 Phillies63 - 6975 - 744.012 - 05 Pirates70 - 6174 - 744.504 - 13 D-Backs66 - 6773 - 744.507 - 07 Padres62 - 7171 - 777.009 - 06






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 3RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 4.95 ERA@ MetsRHP Jeremy Hefner02-06, 4.99 ERAThursday, 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 Hudson15-06, 3.77 ERASunday, Day



Jeremy Hefner:


He has worked 8 frames in 1 of 10 opportunities with 4 monstrosities.  He is 1-3 with a 5.72 home ERA, which is 1.44 lower on the road.  His log against the Phils in Queens for 2 appearances (1 relief) is:  7.1 innings, 11 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts.  However, he was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in the 6-frame start.



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


HURLERCole HamelsEdgar Gonzalez NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFive FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmOver The Top '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTSplit FingerChangeup * LAST HIGH OR LOW4th of 15 Categories8th 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





COLE'S LINE: 6 INN, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K & 110 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total31 - 203.406.156 of 79229543.05102162051062510 Halladay10 - 074.037.015 of 23005149.21440670670300122 Lee06 - 073.276.121 of 27002190.01930730690280184 Hamels15 - 063.056.220 of 29222203.11790760690482204




ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total1 - 02.576.1+1 of 300020.019664027 Halladay0 - 04.506.1+0 of 100006.006332007 Lee1 - 01.138.0+1 of 100008.007111010 Hamels0 - 03.006.1+0 of 100006.006221010




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