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Jimmy Rollins is trying to will the Philadelphia Phillies toward serious October baseball. How close will he come to his goal? Yes, there is a poll.



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.

Big John Scores Run 5 In The 1st

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TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastErik Kratz Three-Star Performance The PenthouseRyan Howard
Erik Kratz
Cole Hamels* A 2-RBI Double For A 2-0 Lead In The 1st
* A Bags-Full Double For A 5-0 Score In The 1st
** Worked Out Of A 1-Out, 2-Runners-In-Scoring-Pos. Jam In The 1st
A 2-RBI Ground-Rule 2-Bagger In The 3rd Rally Tal & Cap6 Players, 5 Runs* A Single (J-Roll), A Double (Utley), A 2-Run Double (Ryno), A BB
(Wigginton), A Single (Mayberry) & A 3-RBI Double (Kratz) In The 1st The Workhouse Home SP* A 41-Pitch 1st Inning The Fun House Of MirrorsCole Hamels* Batted Before Throwing His 1st Pitch In The 1st The Kangaroo CourthouseKevin Frandsen** A Boot In The Shutdown 1st Inning House CallKevin FrandsenLimping After A Hard Step On 1st In The 2nd The BathhouseHome SPSent To The Showers After 2+ Innings

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

King Cole Bangs A 2-RBI Double In The 3rd


Virgin Turf:

The forgotten beauty after August is the elusive chase for that final playoff spot. Before 2007, that was the annual heart-slaying ritual in the early 21st century. The days of promise followed by the hours in the disappointing downward spiral, when reality trumps wishful thinking.

A 2nd-Inning Omen?

This has been a unique campaign. The organization has 3 aces and a top-tier closer. They have enough offense and defense to back the rotation. However, they have a gaping hole in between the starter and the hammer. Cliff Lee, the 8th-inning bullpen stats and the loss of 3 stars for half the tour have bedeviled them.

There is 1 player who is always the first to arrive, and that athlete works harder than everybody else. In Philly, that guy was always Chase Utley. In Toronto, it was Doc Halladay and it was Juan Pierre for Miami. Most teams have one or none. Then, there are the other infield core members: Rollins and Ryan Howard. J-Roll is on record as having his sights aimed toward the 2nd wildcard with a we-are-eyeing-that statement. In his case that plural has always been Ryno. A few days later they are within striking distance of that goal. Before you answer the poll prematurely, please, read the last paragraph.

GB 2nd WC: 8
2ND WC Pos: 6 Tied
Elimination No: 21

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This is a weird 162. But what if it hasn’t reached its strangest point? It could be the most unforgettable summer in franchise history. Could it be everything in one 7-month timeframe? If ever there was such a year, this would be it. The first experience was remaining viable with $60M on the DL. Then, there was the extended confinement in the basement, like the good old days. Now, it’s the middle of the pack, which is similar to many seasons past. The next stage would be the roller coaster of chasing the postseason dream. That was followed by barely making it , winning the championship and parading in a sea of red.

NOTE: This poll will appear in every September article for you to check the current results, if it is still worthwhile.

Tyler Cloyd Loads Up At The Bank On August 29 Against The Mets


Tyler Cloyd:

He makes his 2nd appearance after a nice MLB debut. His line was: 6 complete, 7 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts on 102 tosses.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Tyler Cloyd00-1, 4.50 ERA@ RedsRHP Johnny Cueto17-6, 2.48 ERAMonday, Day 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

Johnny Cueto Fires A Bullet On August 28 In Phoenix

Johnny Cueto:

He has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 19 of 27 showings with 3 clunkers. He faced the Phils at the Bank recently with this mark: 5 innings, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 K’s on 111 misfired bullets.

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

HURLERTyler CloydJohnny Cueto NUMBERA FiveA Five CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012Short ArmOver The Top '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeupSplit Finger LAST HIGH OR LOW8th of 15 Categories4th 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, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K & 105 DARTS

ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total26 - 203.476.249 of 70229482.0452195186952443 Halladay08 - 074.027.013 of 20005130.0123058058240104 Lee04 - 073.526.218 of 24002168.2174069066260161 Hamels14 - 063.046.218 of 26222183.1161068062452178


ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total1 - 03.577.0+1 of 300117.218777014 Halladay0 - 07.726.1+0 of 100104.207444003 Lee1 - 00.007.0+1 of 100007.005000005 Hamels0 - 04.506.1+0 of 100006.006333006


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