Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/16/12

Roy Halladay is poised to be the stopper for the Philadelphia Phillies, as they plan on remaining 3 games behind 2 troubled teams.  When you look beyond the standings, do you see a real opportunity for Cholley’s boys?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-0 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Shoe Leather WarehouseJimmy RollinsSwiped 2nd & 3rd In The 1st The Kangaroo CourthouseKyle KendrickAllowed A Hit To The Opposing SP In The 5th




GB 2nd WC:  3.0 
2ND WC Pos:  5 
Elimination No:  14


It Wasn’t The Ball, Kyle?








The Bug Is Back:


Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen, here it is again. It is almost a part of the autumn landscape, like Halloween. The red pinstripes have been in the hunt consecutively for the last 8 years. The tradition began in 2005 with the wild-card chase. However, they have yet to capture a flagless entry into the postseason. Usually, a veteran squad with 102 victories the previous campaign does not sneak into October this way. The early attempts by the locals were in their younger days.

Cholley Looks For Answers

2012’s version is a mammoth comeback from the brink of mathematical elimination to the threshold for the second wild card. Baseball is an unusual sport. Just when you figure it out, it jumps up and bites you. The 2nd record-related playoff spot is an additional hurdle for a hot club to secure the trophy. The Phils have their most difficult path for a second title, but it would be just like the baseball gods to have a laugh at the owners’ expense.


Series 2: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals1 - 24Dodgers Dodgers2 - 14Cardinals Pirates1 - 14Cubs Brewers1 - 13Mets D-Backs0 - 23Giants



This current race is far from over and you can anticipate roller-coaster convulsiveness. Cholley Manuel is holding 3 aces, which means a 3-game winning streak can start today. That stated, St. Louis and Pittsburgh are suffering one setback after another, while Los Angeles is a bunch of strangers about to be without Clayton Kershaw. A second opinion is never a good sign with regard to season-ending surgery. By Wednesday morning, today’s overcast skies could be clear blue with a bit of a crisp September breeze.


2nd Wild-Card Teams:

TEAMW-L (8/31)W - LGBW-L (SEPT) Cardinals71 - 6176 - 70-----05 - 09 Dodgers70 - 6376 - 70-----06 - 07 Pirates70 - 6173 - 71 2.003 - 10 Brewers63 - 6873 - 722.510 - 04 Phillies63 - 6973 - 733.010 - 04 D-Backs66 - 6771 - 744.505 - 07 Padres62 - 7170 - 766.008 - 05



Doc Loads Up In The 2nd At The Bank On September 11 Against The Fish







Doc Halladay:


He is 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA since August 4.  During those 8 performances, his line is:  54.1 innings, 50 hits, 21 all-earned runs, 12 walked and 43 fanned.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 4RHP Doc Halladay10-07, 4.01 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Jordan Lyles 04-11, 5.33 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 1RHP Kyle Kendrick09-11, 3.95 ERABravesRHP Tommy Hanson12-08, 4.33 ERAFriday, Night

Jordan Lyles Hurls A Dart In The 2nd At Home Against The Cubs




Jordan Lyles:


He is 3-4 with a 3.93 home ERA, which is 3.02 lower than on the road.  He has worked 6.1 frames plus in 6 of 22 appearances with 11 monstrosities.  In mid-May at The Bank, his log was:  6 full, 3 runs (1 earned), 1 BB and 4 K’s on 93 bullets.




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


HURLERDoc HalladayJordan Lyles NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTOneThree FOR 2012SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTScrewball ***Slider * LAST HIGH OR LOW10th of 15 Categories7th 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




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