Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Darin Ruf ignited the offense for the Philadelphia Phillies to keep the flame of postseason hope burning.  Is there a divine intervention in the vault?



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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    6-3 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne Toast-Star Performance
The PenthouseDarin Ruf

Ryan Howard
Chooch Ruiz
Dom Brown* Launched A Solo HR To Tie It Up At 1 In The 2nd
During His 2 For 3 Start
** Singled In A Run For A 3rd-Inning 2-1 Lead
** Smacked A 3-Run Bomb For A 5-1 Score In The 3rd
Stroked A Solo Tater For A 6-3 Game In The 6th The WhitehouseDarin Ruf* 1st MLB Hit & HR The Fun House Of MirrorsDarin Ruf* A Record-Setting Freeze Before 1st HR Congratulations Rally Tal & Cap4 Players & 4 Runs** 2 BB (Mayberry & Utley), An RBI Single (Ryno)
& A 3-Run Bomb (Chooch) In The 3rd The Leather WarehouseRyan HowardMade A Long Diving Play In The 7th

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


GB 2nd WC:  5.5
2ND WC Pos:  4 
Elimination No:  3


 The Diamond Digit:

Are 5’s wild? On Sunday, the red pinstripes had an elimination number of 5, were in 5th place for the 2nd wild card, and 5.5 games behind. Was that a good or bad omen? The outward view is the impossible dream, but the matchups will separate the reality from wishful thinking. That stated, it is right before your eyes in the NL East.

2 victories by the Braves over the Fish coupled with a sweep at the Bank would put Atlanta 2 games out. With the division within reach, the Chop Shoppers will do anything to avoid a 1-contest playoff. That means the Nats would go into baseball heaven with a need to win every battle. That would especially be bad news for the Cards, because the Braves host the Mets simultaneously.

Series 2: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals2 - 03@ 'Stros Brewers0 - 13@ Reds Dodgers0 - 03@ Pads Pirates1 - 14@ Mets D-Backs0 - 03@ Giants

The Phils–as I said on Monday–have to go 9-0 the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the ‘Stros are due for one triumph over the Red Birds, which means that the hometown crew would be 4 back before traveling south. The Cardinals would be 84-72, while Cholley’s boys would be 80-76. Three sweeps are possible as the schedule winds down: The Phllies over Miami, Atlanta versus New York, and Washington against St. Louis. The locals have to take every game, while the Braves and the Nats will need every victory for the division.

If that were to occur, the NL East and the wild cards will still be undecided. And the red pinstripes would be 1 out with 3 to play. The final series would be the hometown 9 in Washington, and the Cards hosting the Reds. The Nationals would have Atlanta applying pressure, while they face a team that is trying to sneak into serious October competition. It means that the Phillies may have a major impact on the first postseason they may miss in years.

2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6184 - 71-----13 - 10 Dodgers70 - 6379 - 744.009 - 10 Brewers63 - 6879 - 754.516 - 07 Phillies63 - 6978 - 765.515 - 07 D-Backs66 - 6777 - 766.011 - 09 Pirates70 - 6176 - 787.506 - 17


Kyle Kendrick:

He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 performances.  During those appearances, his line is:  54 complete, 39 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 walks and 43 punch outs.  He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 23 efforts with 7 debacles.  Against the Nats for 3 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads:  1-1, a 2.41 ERA, 18.2 frames, 16 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 6 BB and 9 whiffs.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2RHP Kyle Kendrick10-11, 3.89 ERANatsLHP John Lannan03-00, 4.43 ERAWednesday, Night 3RHP Tyler Cloyd02-01, 3.86 ERANatsLHP Gio Gonzalez20-08, 2.84 ERAThursday, Night 1LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.18 ERA@ MarlinsLHP Mark Buehrle 13-13, 3.84 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay10-08, 4.40 ERA@ MarlinsRHP Ricky Nolasco12-12, 4.35 ERASaturday, Night

John Lannan:

He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 performances.  During those appearances, his line is:  54 complete, 39 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 walks and 43 punch outs.  He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 23 efforts with 7 debacles.  Against the Nats for 3 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads:  1-1, a 2.41 ERA, 18.2 frames, 16 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 6 BB and 9 whiffs.

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 KendrickJohn Lannan NUMBERA FiveA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012 SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveball *Forkball LAST HIGH OR LOW5th 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.)

* 2 Ticks 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



COLE'S LINE: 5 INN, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K & 99 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total32 - 223.496.157 of 822211557.25312282161102530 Halladay10 - 084.407.015 of 240006151.11490740740330125 Lee06 - 083.186.122 of 280002198.02020750700280195 Hamels16 - 063.116.220 of 302203208.11860790720492210


ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total1 - 206.756.1+1 of 300214.22112114020 Halladay0 - 137.826.1+0 of 100101.20507073003 Lee0 - 101.138.0+1 of 100008.00902010011 Hamels1 - 005.406.1+0 of 100105.00703031006


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