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Phils Need a Gem From Hamels Tonight

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, May 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Comments: 16
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Maybe the headline above is completely obvious.  Maybe you’re not so worried about the Phillies pitching; that it’s the offense that needs a gem tonight. Just look at the Phillies starting pitching before you rip the lineup some more.

During this four game skid in which the Phils have plated a total of three players, the pitching staff hasn’t really been lights out either. Joe Blanton didn’t last through the sixth inning yesterday – he gave up six hits and four walks, a very un-Joe-like stat line. Jamie Moyer looked off in Tuesday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets; he couldn’t make it six.  Sunday was supposed to be win-day for Roy Halladay, instead it was get-your-ass-kicked day as the Red Sox continued their overall domination of the ace righty. Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly no-hit the Phils on Saturday, however, Kyle Kendrick was lucky to have left the game allowing just five earned; it could have been much worse.

On the flip side, the offense is not hitting, plain and simple. Or should that be rephrased: they aren’t getting runners around the bases. Over the last three games, they have 24 hits and three (meaningless) runs to show for it. When it looks like they’re guessing, bad things occur. Jayson Werth has even shaved his grizzly beard in an attempt to kick start something (we think). Still, not one starting pitcher has given them an effort to rally behind.  Four straight starts, four straight duds. And this, after a hot start to May with four of the five Phillies starters posting an ERA of 4.05 or lower.

Tonight, a masterpiece will need to be created by Cole Hamels.  Not only for his own sake as he continues to build strong start after strong start in an attempt to recreate his 2008 form, but for his flailing offense which has been stymied by Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Dickey, and Takahashi.  Not exactly shades of the ’89 Oakland A’s starting four.

This is where Hamels needs to excel.  It’s not fair to put the burden on him when the offense isn’t scoring; there just isn’t an alternative. A starter needs to step up and keep them in a game.

On the flip side, Mike Pelfrey will engage the Phils lineup.  The Fightin’s have had success against him this season, actually his worst start of the year, pounding him for six earned runs in a 10-0 Phillies win on May 1st.

The Phils started the month with a bang.  Let’s see if they can end it that way.  Cole Hamels – show them the way.

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  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I think that Hamels will come out and pitch well… he wants to get out of Roy’s shadow and if he ends this skid, it would be a huge statement. Everyone is waiting to see who steps up as the stopper… Cole can be that guy. Pelfrey has been really good this year but I’m sure that they’re all looking forward to facing a pitcher with a normal delivery… it’s easy to see why their timing was off against Matsuzaka (a little bit quirky), Wakefield (knuckle), Dickey (knuckle) and Takahashi (wayyy quirky).

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hopefully we’ll get a gem from Cole tonight…

    He goes 8 innings, gives up 1 run, and hits a 2-RBI single… Phils win 2-1.

     
  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Manny, I’m hoping for more than 2 runs, but at this point I guess they’ll take anything.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Like I said in the other thread….it’s time for Cole to be the stopper. I think the matchup of Hamels vs. Pelfry….with all the hype that goes with it….could be a good thing for the Phils. Maybe it will spark them somehow.

     
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  • Posts: 0 Mike

    At the low points of the season now is where I miss Harry the most. With his steady baritone voice, he could turn my Phils concerns right around. I think I need to watch some old clips of him before this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Are we in a rain delay?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Yea, rain delay.
    Usually after a Cholly meeting then a team only meeting, I think we can expect some positive results.
    This night will belong to Vic, Ultey & Jayson

    6 runs scored between the 3 of them and that will be enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    hey brooks : from your mouth to gods ears brother !!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 themightyvic

    That will be tough against Pelf. He’s on another level since the last time the phillies faced him!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Whatever happens tonite , phils will enter june with better record this year than previous three. I’m not dis-counting this slump , 1 run in 38 innings is a little worse than a normal slump. I’m just saying , after we get j-ro back and the pitching’s healthy this team will win 93 to 95 games. I dont think the mets are capable of 90 wins. When its all said and done this team will HIT !! —— Assuming phils win division the wildcard race will go down to the last game of season. The mets have as good a chance as anyone to compete for the w.c. — The nl east is the only division in mlb right now with everyteam at or above 500. How intense would it be to play the mets in the playoffs ?

     
  • Posts: 0 themightyvic

    Mets, Phillies playoff series would be insane!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    hey vic are you a mets fan ?

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    where’s everyone at —– dead tonite —- rain delay i know —- theres no ingame thread started yet —– whats goin on ?

     
  • Posts: 0 themightyvic

    Yes Mike, big time Met fan.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gabriel Masch

    สอนเทคนิคบาคาร่า วิธีเล่นบาคาร่า บาคาร่าออนไลน์ สูตรบาคาร่า รวมถึงกลโกงบาคาร่าต่าง ๆ เพื่อป้องกันการตกเป็นเหยื่อของคาสิโนขอบคุณครับ

     
 
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