Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/8/12

1 year after, this season just became more peculiar for the Philadelphia Phillies and Antonio Bastardo.  Will he be dominate for the rest of this tour?  Can he have 1 super month after 5 bad ones, which is the opposite of 2011?  Remember, the poll for Masked September is here, if you haven’t voted yet.




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    3-2 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastNate SchierholtzFour-Star Performance The Penthouse Cliff Lee
PH Laynce Nix
PH Nate SchierholtzFired 6.1 Solid Innings
Tied The Score At 2 With A 2-Out Bags-Full Double In The 7th
A Walk-Off RBI Single In The 9th The Leather WarehouseJimmy Rollins

Juan Pierre
Erik KratzMade A Spectacular Play On A Soft Grounder
During A Near Collision With Utley In The 2nd (Glove)
* Swiped 2 Bags In The 3rd (Shoes)
Gunned Down A Thief At 2nd In The 9th (Glove) The WhitehouseJuan Pierre* Took 19th All Time For SB In The 3rd, Passing Maury Wills


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


Nate Schierholtz Smacks A Walk-Off Single In The 9th






A Twilight Zone:


In 2011, Bastardo was a revelation for the first 5 months. He was compared by Fox Sports (TV) to a young Mariano Rivera. But he stumbled to mediocrity after August, which totally obliterated his confidence. His mental approach remained the same for almost an entire year. That stated, he now appears to have reversed his direction for this campaign. He had struggled until now to overcome the adversity that has plagued him through the first 125 games.

Magic Juan Steals His Way Past Maury Wills In The 3rd

The brain trust is using a two-pronged challenge to help Antonio achieve his potential. The first part is the competition factor. Jeremy Horst has been a very effective southpaw for the relief corps, and Phillippe Aumont has the best stuff. He has a 96-mph heater with movement, but his control of secondary pitches is questionable. Josh Lindblom, Mchael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Mike Stutes and David Herndon have shown they could earn a spot in the ‘pen. That means Bastardo could work his way out of a job.

The second method is that he has to fight his way for more mound time. In other words, he needs to show the dugout bosses he can get more than one out or face left-handed bats only. Last September, he started his downward spiral on the 3rd. He now has 7 consecutive decent outings, which started on August 24. That’s 10 days short of a year. This may be the most unusual happening for the summer, but I believe there is more strangeness ahead during the final 24 battles.


King Cole Reaches Back For A Circle Change During The 2nd On September 2 In Atlanta






Cole Hamels:


He is 6-3 with a 2.87 home ERA, which is 0.32 lower at the Bank. Against the Rox at both parks (1 each), his line is:  2-0, a 1.69 ERA, 16 complete, 12 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 3 walks and 14 punch outs.

STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 2LHP Cole Hamels14-06, 3.04 ERARockiesRHP Tyler Chatwood4-04, 5.53 ERASaturday, Night 3RHP Tyler Cloyd01-01, 2.77 ERARockiesLHP Drew Pomeranz1-08, 4.93 ERASunday, Day 1RHP Kyle Kendrick08-10, 3.96 ERAMarlinsLHP Wade LeBlanc2-03, 2.72 ERAMonday, Night 2RHP Doc Halladay09-07, 3.87 ERAMarlinsRHP Nathan Eovaldi3-04, 5.03 ERATuesday, Night 3LHP Cliff Lee04-07, 3.50 ERAMarlinsRHP Josh Johnson 8-11, 3.81 ERAWednesday, Late Day


Tyler Chatwood Loads Up A 4-Seam Fastball On September 3 In Atlanta



Tyler Chatwood:


He has worked 6 innings in 1 of 7 attempts with 2 clunkers.  The rotation in Colorado is limited to 75 pitches per outing.



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


HURLERCole HamelsTyler Chatwood NUMBERA OneA Five CLUB SLOTTwoFive FOR 20123-Quarters SidearmSubmarine '12 RANKING2nd of 5 Categories5th of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeupEephus Pitch * LAST HIGH OR LOW8th of 15 Categories13th 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 DOWN


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: 6.1 INN, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K & 104 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total27 - 203.436.151 of 72229495.2468198189962455 Halladay09 - 073.877.014 of 21005137.1131059059250109 Lee04 - 073.506.119 of 25002175.0182071068260168 Hamels14 - 063.046.218 of 26222183.1161068062452178



GB 2nd WC: 7
2ND WC Pos: 6
Elimination No: 18

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