Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14

Chase Utley is a third-base option for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Will he again replace Polly Polanco? Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    2-1 Outcome

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Penthouse Dom BrownA Bags-Full BB For A 1-0 Lead In The 4th The Outhouse2B Ump
HP Ump* Missed The-Slide-Off-The-Bag Tag On A SB In The 1st
* Called--Poorly--A Checked-Swing Strike
On A 3-1 Count In The 9th The Big HouseHome RFRobbed Schierholtz Of An RBI Extra-Base Hit In The 2nd The Leather WarehouseErik KratzPicked A Runner Off 3rd To End The 3rd The Maximum-Security Big House2B Ump* Ruled A Catch On An Obvious Trapped Ball,
Leading To A DP With 1 Out & The Bags Full In The 4th The WhitehouseJimmy RollinsDoubled For His 2,000th Hit In The 5th The Fun House Of MirrorsKyle Kendrick

Home CloserHad To Pitch Through The Smokestack Clouds
To End The 6th
Fired A 100-MPH Heater Off The Screen On The Fly In The 9th The GlasshouseJake Diekman1 LH Batter, 5 Pitches, 1 BB In The 8th The House Of Blues2 Umps* 3 Bad Calls


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


The 2,000th Hit For J-Roll In The 5th








Devilish Digits:


The 2nd half is a time when contending clubs play harder and raise their intensity level. The Phils are 9-4-2 for 15 series at 3.7 runs per over 49 battles. They have 28 triumphs during that span. Against playoff-hopeful teams, they are 18-15 and are 6-3-1 for the combined matchups, averaging 3.6 runs. This has been accomplished with a mid-season spring training for Utley, Ryan Howard and Doc Halladay. Plus, they traded Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton, while they sat Juan Pierre.

Looking ahead to the next campaign, the locals have four of their sticks with a catcher, a first baseman, a second/third sacker and a shortstop. They also have an improved Dom Brown in right to go with a platoon of Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. at the other warning-track position.

In The First, The 1st Of 2 Blown Calls By The 2nd Base Umpire

Utley could be the remedy for the hot corner, and second base is a place to play Freddy Galvis. Antonio Bastardo, Josh Lindblom, Jeremy Horst and Phillippe Aumont are the front four youngsters in the ‘pen before the 8th inning. There is a closer to back 5 starters and Tyler Cloyd is making some noise. Brown, Pierre and Mayberry are the leading outfield candidates. Three regulars are set with Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, Nate Schierholtz, Erik Kratz and Kevin Frandsen for the bench. That’s 23 roster slots.

This squad requires 1 solid and 1 secondary reliever for the abyss that swallows up victories. Plus, The stats reveal a lack of right-handed power in the 6 hole, which could come from a free-agent centerfielder. Rube Amaro can fill 2 endgame bullpen spots and 1 right-handed bat with pop for the fly-ball patrol without obliterating the budget.


2nd-Half Records:

Versus:  CON (Contenders), BAL (Balance) & PHL (Phillies)

TEAMW - L CONBALPHLTEAMW - LCONBALPHL Reds36-1609-0427-123-3Cards28-2212-1416-081-2 Nats34-1811-0623-121-5Dodgers26-2411-1315-111-2 Giants31-1910-1121-082-1D-Backs25-2712-1413-131-2 Braves30-2107-1023-116-3Pirates23-2708-0915-18----- Phillies28-2118-1510-06-----Fish19-3210-2009-121-2 After 8/218-1306-0512-08-----Mets18-3209-2209-102-1



Doc Dials Up A Batter’s Surprise On August 31 In Atlanta








Doc Halladay:


For his 6 August performances, his line was:  4-1, a 3.32 ERA, 40.2 frames, 35 hits, 15 all-earned runs, 8 walks and 32 punch outs.  However, he was under the weather for his last outing.  Against the Reds at the Bank recently, his mark was:  7 complete, 10 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 1 BB and 3 K’s on 97 bullets.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3RHP Doc Halladay08-07, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mike Leake07-8, 4.45 ERAWednesday, Day 1LHP Cliff Lee04-07, 3.52 ERARockiesLHP Jeff Francis5-4, 5.73 ERAFriday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels14-06, 3.04 ERARockiesRHP Tyler Chatwood4-4, 5.53 ERASaturday, Night 3RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 2.77 ERARockiesLHP Drew Pomeranz1-8, 4.93 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Kyle Kendrick08-10, 3.96 ERAMarlinsRHP Nathan Eovaldi3-4, 5.03 ERAMonday, Night


Mike Leake Hurls A 6th-Inning Dart On August 31 In Houston




Mike Leake:


He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 12 of 26 attempts with 8 clunkers.  However, he is 3-4 with a 5.17 home ERA, which is 1.43 lower on the road.  At the Bank recently, his ledger read: 4.1 frames, 10 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 2 free passes (1 intentional) and 4 strikeouts on 94 tosses.



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


HURLERDoc HalladayMike Leake NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTOneFive FOR 2012SidearmShort Arm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories4th of 5 Categories LAST STARTForkballSlider LAST HIGH OR LOW12th of 15 Categories7th 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



GB 2nd WC: 9
2ND WC Pos: 6
Elimination No: 18

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