Returning warriors, like Chase Utley, have guided the Philadelphia Phillies to a possible wild-card berth with a strong 2nd half. Can Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard inspire this squad to compete beyond the regular schedule?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 8-2 Outcome
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Above Asterisks ( *) = Corresponding Plays And/Or Events
MASKED SEPTEMBER NUMBERS:
GB 2nd WC: 4.0
2ND WC Pos: 4
Elimination No: 7
The season is on life support, again. However, the Cards have 2 more battles with their long-time adversary–the Cubs–and 3 against the ‘Stros in Houston, where they have recently been difficult. They are 6-2 against 3 postseason-hopeful clubs during September, and that is the easiest of the 4 remaining series for the Cardinals. They finish at home with 3 each against the Nats and Reds, but both teams don’t want them to become too confident for the NL playoffs. That means these final games are meaningful.
How far have Cholley’s boys come since the break? St. Louis held a 9.5 game advantage over the Phils when baseball returned to daily action. Against contenders the locals are 8-3-2 in series with a 24-17 record (.585) for the 2nd half. Overall, they have gone 13-5-2 in matchups with a 40-25 mark (.615).
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The red pinstripes are 16-6 (.727) since August 30, while the Red Birds are 10-12 from that point. That is a 6-game boost over a span of 22. The Cards have struggled to get a 1-1 split so far in Chicago, which confirmed the suspicions I had before those contests began. 1 setback isn’t going to determine this race. St. Louis is playing .500 ball for September, and their roster holes cannot be hidden. If they continue to win every other battle, the Phils can catch them on the last day of the year despite a slim margin for error.
2nd Wild-Card Teams:
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He is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA since July 4. During those 14 outings, his log is: 100.2 innings, 98 hits, 32 runs (28 earned), 9 walks and 95 punch outs. Against the Braves at the Ted recently, his ledger read: 1-0, 7 complete, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB and 5 whiffs on 93 bullets.
He has worked 6.1 frames or more in 14 of 26 opportunities with 8 clunkers. His line against the Phils in both parks (2 each) is: 2-1, a 5.32 ERA, 22 total, 26 hits, 13 all-earned runs, 8 free passes (1 intentional) and 12 strikeouts.
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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
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 & ** 1 Tick DOWN
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