Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Securing a 1st or 2nd ring, the 1st hurrah for Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies could be the final glory march from the core four.  Have you caught pennant fever yet?  Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    9-7 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastJimmy RollinsFive-Star Performance
The PenthouseChooch Ruiz
Dom Brown

Chase Utley

Jimmy Rollins

Phillippe Aumont
Jonathan PapelbonSmacked A 2-Out RBI Double For A 2-0 Lead In The 1st
Singled In Chooch For A 3-0 Score In The 1st
During His 2 For 5 Night
RBI Singled For A 4-2 Game In The 3rd
During His 3 For 3 Evening With 2 BB
Launched A 2-Run Rocket After A Foul E2 By The C In The 6th
Produced A Sac Fly For A 9-7 Lead In The 7th
During His 2 For 3 Night With 1 SB, 1 BB & 3 Steaks
K'ed 2 With Both Runners In Scoring Pos.To End The 8th
* Slammed The Door In The 9th With 2 Punch Outs The Shoe Leather WarehouseJimmy Rollins
Chase Utley

John Mayberry Jr.Stand Up SB Of 2nd In The 5th
Tagged Up & Went To 2nd On A Regular CF Fly Out In The 5th
(Magic Juan To 3rd)
Turned A Shallow RF Lost-In The-Lights Play
Into A Double During The 7th The OuthouseHP UmpGave Ryno Time After Magic Juan Was Already Trying
To Steal 3B In The 5th House CleaningJonathan Papelbon* A 1-2-3 Save In The 9th


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



Mini Mart Scores On Doc’s Single In The 6th






Father Time:


This is an aging group of athletes that falls into 2 categories. The first are those who want another sea-of-red parade and swelling crowds in all directions. The others are seeking that elusive first championship to complete their careers. That stated, no campaign can be easily dismissed with an eye toward next season.

While St. Louis satisfied their hunger last year, Pittsburgh is just experiencing the magic for the first time, and Los Angeles is not a cohesive unit. The Phils have the advantage of three aces to handle a must-win final game, a wild-card contest and the 1st NLDS battle. Halladay and Cliff Lee want that first sip of celebratory champagne that accompanies the red pennant with white numerals, like 2008. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Chooch Ruiz want that 2nd ring, which no squad of Phillies has ever attained. That includes the members who peaked in 1950, 1964, 1980 and 1993.

Big John Scores On J-Roll’s Shallow RF Sac Fly In The 7th


For these guys it could be a last hurrah, because the calendar lowers the odds with each passing summer. They know how high the mountain is, and they know they better climb it while they still can. The irony is that they didn‘t succeed when they were expected to. But without the burden of the hype, they can be victorious when most wrote them off. Didn’t that happen in 1980 after the weight of 1979 was lifted?


Series 1: 

TEAMW - LGMSVERSUS Cardinals0 - 23Padres Dodgers0 - 12D-Backs Pirates0 - 23Reds Brewers2 - 03Braves D-Backs1 - 02Dodgers



Big John Got A 7th-Inning Double On This Play



Today, I’ll highlight the Dodgers, who added big contracts to make the postseason, but they are a bunch of strangers.  There is no jelling period or a player history to lean on.  Joe Blanton has a short leash, and Josh Beckett is in the down season of his alternating good-or-bad campaigns since 2005.   Los Angeles has had difficulties at the backend of their bullpen since Jonathan Broxton was their closer before relinquishing that role.  They are a fantasy-team construction and I expect them to miss the playoffs, which is not a new appraisal.



Cliff Lee Dials Up A Circle Change In The 3rd At The Bank On September 7 Against The Rox







Cliff Lee:


He is 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA for his last 12 outings. That ledger reads:  85.2 innings, 87 hits, 30 runs (27 earned), 7 BB and 79 punch outs.  Against the Fish in Florida, his late-June line was:  4.2 frames, 10 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 96 misfired bullets.  However, that was his last start before the 12 listed above.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cliff Lee04-07, 3.50 ERAMarlinsRHP Josh Johnson 8-11, 3.81 ERAWednesday, Late Day 1RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 4.24 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Bud Norris5-12, 4.93 ERAThursday, Night 2LHP Cole Hamels14-06, 3.03 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Edgar Gonzalez2-00, 1.74 ERAFriday, Night 3RHP Kyle Kendrick09-10, 3.83 ERA@ 'StrosLHP Dallas Keuchel1-07, 5.35 ERASaturday, Night 4RHP Doc Halladay10-07, 4.01 ERA@ 'StrosRHP Jordan Lyles4-11, 5.33 ERASunday, Day


Josh Johnson Loads Up A 3-Finger Change At Home On September 6 Against The Brewers



Josh Johnson:


He is 2-6 with a 5.22 away ERA, which is 2.35 lower in Miami.  He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 14 of 28 attempts with 7 clunkers.  In 3 appearances (2 home) against the Phils, his mark is:  1-2, a 4.08 ERA, 17.2 frames, 18 hits, 8 all-earned runs, 5 free passes (1 intentional) and 14 whiffs.




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


HURLERCliff LeeJosh Johnson NUMBERA OneA One CLUB SLOTThreeOne FOR 2012SidearmSidearm '12 RANKING3rd of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTCurveball *Split Finger LAST HIGH OR LOW5th of 15 Categories4th 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





DOC'S LINE: 6.1 INN, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K & 109 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total28 - 203.476.153 of 74229509.04802051961002469 Halladay10 - 074.017.015 of 22005143.21380640640280115 Lee04 - 073.506.119 of 25002175.01820710680260168 Hamels14 - 063.036.219 of 27222190.11660700640462186



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

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



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