Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/15/12

The fortunes of the Philadelphia Phillies have shifted for them and Cliff Lee to name one.  Who would you pick to highlight their sudden emergence into a race for another October opportunity?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    12-6 Blowout

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastChase UtleyFour-Star Performance The Penthouse Jimmy Rollins

Chase Utley

Ryan Howard

John Mayberry Jr.

Chooch Ruiz

Cole HamelsA Leadoff HR For A 1-0 Advantage In The 1st
During His 2 For 6 Evening
* An RBI Single In The 1st For A 2-0 Score
During His 2 For 4 Night With 1 BB, 1 SB & 3 R
* An RBI Double (GR) For A 3-0 Game In The 1st
During His 2 For 4 Evening With 1 BB & 3 RBI
*** A 2-Run Single For A 7-3 Lead In The 5th
During His 3 For 5 Night With 3 RBI
*** Stole 2nd & Scored From 2nd
On An Infield Single In The 5th
Hurled 7 Solid Innings With 8 K's & Went 1 For 3 Greenhouse Cholley's Ball2 Players* Pierre (BB & SB) And Utley (RBI Hit) In The 1st Rally Tal & Cap5 Starters, 4 Runs* J-Roll (HR), Pierre (BB), Utley (RBI Single), Ryno
(GR RBI Double) & Mayberry (RBI Single) In The 1st The WorkhouseHome SP* 32-Pitch Inning In the 1st The Kangaroo CourthouseJimmy RollinsAn Unwise Throw (E6) In The 1st, Costing A Run The Movie HouseCole Hamels

PH Darin Ruf** Came Within A Whisker Of Touching A Ball
That Went & Was Ruled Foul In The 2nd
Made His MLB Debut In The 9th The House Of BluesHP & 3B Ump** 2 Different Rulings On Barely Foul Ball In The 2nd The Shoe Leather WarehouseChooch Ruiz*** A SB & A Run Scored From 2nd On An Infield Hit In The 5th The Animal HouseDom BrownA 2-Steak, 2nd Deck HR In The 7th The Fun House Of MirrorsFansGetting Haircuts At Minute Maid Park During The Game


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



GB 2nd WC:  3  
2ND WC Pos:  4 (Tied)
Elimination No:  15



Chooch Scores In The 5th To End His Adventure On The Base Paths






Multiple Choice:



There are 5 other franchises in the picture:  St. Louis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Arizona. They are competing with the hometown 9 for 1 final berth that leads to a 1-game playoff in Atlanta. The winner will advance to the NLDS against the club with the best NL record in their park. That stated, the red pinstripes won’t be victorious in every battle, but the important thing is to notice each shortcoming. Tyler Cloyd and Jake Diekman won’t be on the postseason roster. And Phillippe Aumont will not have worked 5 of 6 days.

Chase Squeezes In Another Run In The 8th

The other selections include the Cards, who caught lightning in a bottle last year. By contrast, the 2008 Phils reached the big dance the following season, and the 2009 Yankees went to the ALCS the next autumn. The 2010 Giants failed to play serious October baseball in ’11. The Red Birds have more holes than the 3 prior champions, and they are 5-8 this month. The Dodgers are a handful of stars aligned on the diamond, and their recent 5-7 mark is not a surprise. The Pirates are almost invisible in September, the Pads are running out of steam, and the Brewers will probably start to cool off.

There are many variables but math is the go-to thinking. That is not the case for me in a complex equation that reveals other elements. When the Rox captured the wild card in 2007, the numbers said that was almost impossible. However, they were powered by that invincible feeling to the Fall Classic. What happens when you add top-tier talent to that fuel? Then, there is the experience of having achieved the title and knowing what it takes.  Plus, there is the added last-hurrah factor.


Series 2: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals1 - 14Dodgers Dodgers1 - 14Cardinals Pirates0 - 14Cubs Brewers0 - 13Mets D-Backs0 - 13Giants



Dom Brown Launches A 2nd-Deck Rocket In The 7th


There are clichés to address momentum, like the next day’s pitcher:  Doc Halladay, Lee and Cole Hamels. This spark is different because of the time consideration. Ergo, every marginal player with an important role–under optimum conditions–lowers the amount of sand in the hourglass. The locals are comprised of 3 aces, a top-shelf closer, 2 table setters and a solid 3-4-5 with Chooch Ruiz back.  With a split between St. Louis and Los Angeles, Cholley’s boys can take 2 to be within 2 games by Monday–that’s before the final 15 on the schedule.


2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6176 - 69-----05 - 08 Dodgers70 - 6375 - 701.005 - 07 Pirates70 - 6172 - 71 (.50349)3.002 - 10 Phillies63 - 6973 - 72 (.50345)3.010 - 03 Brewers63 - 6872 - 723.509 - 04 Padres62 - 7169 - 767.007 - 05



Kyle Kendrick Dials Up A Cutter During 7 Two-Hit Innings At The Bank On September 10 Against The Fish








Kyle Kendrick:


He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA since mid-August.  During those 6 performances, his line is:  42.1 innings, 27 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 7 walked and 33 fanned.  He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 10 of 21 appearances with 4 debacles.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Kyle Kendrick09-10, 3.83 ERA@ 'StrosLHP Dallas Keuchel01-07, 5.35 ERASaturday, Night 4RHP Doc Halladay10-07, 4.01 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Bud Norris 5-12, 4.93 ERASunday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee05-07, 3.36 ERA@ MetsRHP R.A. Dickey 18-05, 2.68 ERAMonday, Night 2RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 4.95 ERA@ MetsRHP Matt Harvey 03-05, 2.92 ERATuesday, Night 3LHP Cole Hamels15-06, 3.06 ERA@ MetsLHP Jon Niese11-09, 3.46 ERAWednesday, Night


Dallas Keuchel Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball At Home On September 10 Against The Cubs



Dallas Keuchel:


He is 1-3 with a 3.51 home ERA, which is 5.90 lower than on the road.  He has lasted 6.2 innings or more in 2 of 13 attempts with 6 clunkers.


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 KendrickDallas Keuchel NUMBERA FiveA Five CLUB SLOTFourFive FOR 2012 SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTCutter *Knuckleball * LAST HIGH OR LOW3rd of 15 Categories11th 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.)

* 1 Tick 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: 7 INN, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K & 95 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total30 - 203.436.155 of 76229523.04912101991022483 Halladay10 - 074.017.015 of 22005143.21380640640280115 Lee05 - 073.366.120 of 26002182.01860720680270174 Hamels15 - 063.066.220 of 28222197.11730740670472194




ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total3 - 03.546.1+3 of 300020.1181085020 Halladay1 - 07.116.1+1 of 100006.1070553006 Lee1 - 00.007.0+1 of 100007.0040101006 Hamels1 - 03.867.0+1 of 100007.0070431008




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