The last member of the core four, Cole Hamels, will toe the rubber for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The other main cogs will be behind him: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Can they finish the year at 86-76 with a 9-game winning streak?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 2-1 OutcomeTYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeThree-Star Performance The Penthouse Chase Utley
Cliff Lee* An RBI Sac-Fly Shoe-Top Liner In The 6th
A Solid 8 Innings With 11 K's The Black CathouseCliff LeeWorked For A Bleeder, A Bloop & A Swinging Bunt In The 3rd,
Leading To An Unearned Run The OuthouseHP UmpAn Out-Of-The-Box Call In The 3rd On A Bunt
--A Questionable Ruling The Kangaroo CourthouseCliff LeeAllowed A Double To The Away SP In The 4th Greenhouse Cholley's Bats3 Players* A BB & A Pick-Off E1 (J-Roll), A Sac Bunt (Pierre)
& A Sac-Fly RBI (Utley) In The 6th
Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
GB 2nd WC: 5.0
2ND WC Pos: 5
Elimination No: 5
The Only Earned Run Scored In The 2nd
Divine Intervention On Order:
Cholley’s boys have reached the end of the 2012 schedule, and now only the baseball gods can intercede before October 3. The Phils will need most of the breaks to achieve a 9-0 run, which means the margin for error has been used up. That said, if the powers beyond our grasp were to step in, they would start with the heart of the franchise on the field. The crew that raised the 2008 championship banner fills 4 of the positions on the diamond tomorrow night.
Ryno Can Still Hear Jamie Moyer’s 2-Hands Demand
Yes, 9 straight triumphs is possible for a postseason-tested group. St. Louis, on the other hand, would only have to go 4-5 for a 2nd wild-card tie with the locals at 86 W’s. That stated, they face the ‘Stros in Houston, where they have recently gone 6-3 against playoff-hopeful teams. They went: 1-1 (Reds), 3-1 (Phillies) and 2-1 (Pirates). That is the easy part for the Cards, who return home to face Washington and Cincinnati. Those 2 organizations will not want to go into the NLDS on a losing note against the Red Birds.
Series 1:TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals2 - 13@ Cubs Brewers2 - 14@ Nats Dodgers2 - 13@ Reds Pirates1 - 23@ 'Stros D-Backs3 - 04@ Rox Padres1 - 23@ Giants
Hope To See You In Atlanta Next Month, Chipper
St. Louis is 11-12 since August 30, which puts 4-5 within the realm of possibility. They are playing .500 ball and are not hot. Ergo, the breakdown is a cause for concern in baseball heaven, the city of the silver arch. The Cards were 7-2 with 3 victorious matchups over also-rans: New York, Chicago and Houston. However, they were 4-10 with a series record of 0-3-1 against stronger competition. They were swept 3-0 by the Pads, who only recently dropped out of the final-berth sweepstakes.
If you put San Diego in the other column, you get 7-5 and 4-7 marks. Against their more-in-the-hunt adversaries, the Red Birds went 1-3 (Washington), 1-2 (Milwaukee) and 2-2 (Los Angeles). So, they are in no way a lock for serious October baseball. Granted, 9-0 is imposing but not impossible.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6182 - 71-----11 - 10 Brewers63 - 6879 - 732.516 - 05 Dodgers70 - 6379 - 743.009 - 10 D-Backs66 - 6777 - 754.511 - 08 Phillies63 - 6977 - 765.014 - 07 Pirates70 - 6175 - 776.505 - 16 Padres62 - 7173 - 809.011 - 09
King Cole Dials It Up On September 19 In Queens
He is 6-3 with a 2.85 home ERA, which is 0.37 lower at the Bank. Against the Nats for 3 outings at both parks (2 away), his ledger reads: 2-1, a 1.17 ERA, 23 complete, 16 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 5 BB and 25 whiffs.
STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 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 3RHP Doc Halladay10-08, 4.40 ERANatsRHP Edwin Jackson09-10, 3.77 ERAThursday, Night 1LHP Cliff Lee06-08, 3.18 ERA@ MarlinsLHP Mark Buehrle 13-13, 3.84 ERAFriday, Night 2RHP Tyler Cloyd02-01, 3.86 ERA@ MarlinsRHP Ricky Nolasco12-12, 4.35 ERASaturday, Night
John Lannan Unloads His Gun In The 2nd At Home On September 19 Against The Dodgers
He was the 7th arm for a 5-man staff, which landed him back at Triple-A until Stephen Strasburg was shut down. He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 4 opportunities with 1 clunker. He, also, has a history of getting hit by the Phils.
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 HamelsJohn Lannan NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFive FOR 20123-Quarter SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTSliderForkball LAST HIGH OR LOW7th of 15 Categories12th 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
CLIFF'S LINE: 8 INN, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K & 117 DARTS
ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total31 - 223.476.157 of 812210552.25242252131092524 Halladay10 - 084.407.015 of 240006151.11490740740330125 Lee06 - 083.186.122 of 280002198.02020750700280195 Hamels15 - 063.056.220 of 292202203.11790760690482204
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