Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Jimmy Rollins is the tribal leader for the Philadelphia Phillies. Can Cholley’s boys ride his wave of enthusiasm to the final 2012 MLB victory? Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-1 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastJimmy RollinsFour-Star Performance
The PenthouseJimmy Rollins

John Mayberry Jr.

Cliff Lee
Phillippe Aumont
Jonathan PapelbonBroke Up The No-Hitter In The 6th With A Single
A 2-Out, 2-Run HR To Take A 3-1 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 4 Day (The Team Had 4 Hits)
An RBI Single To Tie It Up At 1 In The 6th
During His 1 For 2 Afternoon With 2 BB
* 7 Solid 4-Hit Innings With 1 Unearned Run
A Threat-Stopping Hold In The 8th
A Pressure-Packed Save In The 9th The Fun HouseChase UtleyThrew From His Side To 2nd For The 2nd-Inning Force
After The Ball Got Stuck In His Glove The Kangaroo CourthouseCliff LeeAllowed A Hit To The Other SP In The 3rd The Black Cathouse2 Players* E6 (Rollins, Fielding) & E1 (Lee, Throwing) Led
To An Unearned Run In The 6th


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



J-Roll Swats His 2-Run Bomb In The 7th








The Mad Dash:


As I pointed out back on September 3, the wild card has altered the postseason landscape. There was a time when collapses were very rare. The 1951 Dodgers and the 1964 Phillies were the famous ones. However, we’ve seen the demise of the 2007 Mets before the Red Sox and the Braves in 2011. Recently, the 2007 Rox caught fire but this campaign it’s the Phils, Brewers and Pads.

J-Roll Ties The Score In The 6th

The red pinstripes are 35-21 and the Friars are 35-22 since the break. The Brew Crew is 32-26 in the 2nd half but they are 18-5 more recently. After Colorado, San Diego will face off against Arizona, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Milwaukee. The Brewers have 13 difficult games and 6 easier ones. If either organization is for real, they will leave no doubt after the battles that await them.

The locals have the advantage of finishing the marathon before and having 3 fresh stars. Doc Haladay has logged 143.2 frames, which is about 100 less than his annual workload. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are in mid-season form, because they have only competed for 3 months. Cliff Lee is a streak rider, because he is affected mentally by his most recent performances. The crowd and the winning atmosphere are instrumental for his psyche more than the others.

Cinco Ocho’s Victory Yell Was His Longest Of The Season



As they inch closer to a slice of October pie, these warriors become even more dangerous. They are on a miracle run, like the Rox of ‘07. Their swagger has returned, and the opposition’s scoreboard watchers can see the heat-seeking missile on their radar screens. They are beginning to realize that Goliath has arisen from the dead, and is hungry after a 4-year hibernation.





Series 1: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals0 - 33Padres Dodgers0 - 22D-Backs Pirates0 - 33Reds Brewers3 - 03Braves D-Backs2 - 02Dodgers



Pete Orr Swipes 2nd In the 9th

The Pirates are in the uncharted territory of September baseball, and they appear to have stalled with a 2-9 record this month.  The surprising thing about them is that they are in the bottom third of the majors for batting, fielding and starting pitching.  Their bullpen has been their strength.  They have the Cubs for 4 games but were swept by them last weekend.  I don’t expect them to recover because they are headed in the wrong direction.


Series 2: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals0 - 04Dodgers Dodgers0 - 04Cardinals Pirates0 - 04Cubs Brewers0 - 03Mets D-Backs0 - 03Giants



Tyler Cloyd Discharges His Weapon In Game 2 At The Bank On September 9 Against The Rox








Tyler Cloyd:


He has lasted 7 innings in 1 of 3 attempts with 1 debacle. That means he has had 1 good, 1 excellent and 1 poor outing.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 1RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 4.24 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Lucas Harrell 10-09, 3.83 ERAThursday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels14-06, 3.03 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Bud Norris05-12, 4.93 ERAFriday, Night 3RHP Kyle Kendrick09-10, 3.83 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Edgar Gonzalez02-00, 1.74 ERASaturday, Night 4RHP Doc Halladay10-07, 4.01 ERA@ 'StrosLHP Dallas Keuchel01-07, 5.35 ERASunday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee05-07, 3.36 ERA@ MetsRHP R.A. Dickey 18-05, 2.68 ERAMonday, Night


Lucas Harrell Fires A Bullet On September 7 In Cincinnati




Lucas Harrell:


He is 6-2 with a 2.06 home ERA, which is 3.00 lower in Houston.  He has worked 6.2 frames or more in 11 of 28 opportunities with 8 clunkers.  Against the Phils in mid-May, his line was:  5.2 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 3 free passes (1 intentional) and 3 strikeouts.



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 CloydLucas Harrell NUMBERA FiveA Four CLUB SLOTFiveOne FOR 2012Short ArmSidearm '12 RANKING4th of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkball Changeup LAST HIGH OR LOW12th 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





CLIFF'S LINE: 7 INN, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K & 107 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total29 - 203.426.154 of 75229516.04842061961012475 Halladay10 - 074.017.015 of 22005143.21380640640280115 Lee05 - 073.366.120 of 26002182.01860720680270174 Hamels14 - 063.036.219 of 27222190.11660700640462186



GB 2nd WC: 3
2ND WC Pos: 4 (Tied)
Elimination No: 17

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


The Original Article:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Masked September (& Poll From 9/3)



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