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Phils Drop Opener To Mets

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, June 21, 2013 10:13 PM | Comments: 27
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Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Eric Young was a thorn in Cole Hamels’s side all night. (Photo: AP)

For the second time in three starts, Cole Hamels was spotted a lead. And for the second time in three starts, he couldn’t hold it. This time, it was in a 4-3 loss to the hated Mets. Hamels continues to muddle through a very bizarre 2013. He’s gotten decent run support in his last few outings, but he just can’t seem to hold the lead. This is something that is becoming too common for a guy you look to to be the anchor of the rotation.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH COLE?

- It’s been a down year for Hamels, to say the least. Perhaps feeling the pressure of a new contract, Kid Cole just hasn’t looked his usual, dominant self. Again tonight, he wouldn’t pitch terribly. But he wouldn’t pitch great either.

-Hamels’s trouble inning came in the fifth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Eric Young came to the plate with the Phils up 3-1. Young had hit two balls sharply off Hamels in his previous at bats, including a double. A single and the game would be tied. With the count even at 2-2, Hamels went to his four-seam, despite the fact that he had been getting guys out with his changeup all night. Perhaps overthinking the situation, he’d get burned. Young grounded one sharply up the middle and the game was tied.

- I like Hamels a lot and truly believe this first half is an anomaly. But it was quite peculiar to me that he opted not to go with his changeup there. It’s just another in a series of strange events that have made up Hamels’s lackluster starter to 2013. It may be nitpicking, but I feel like Hamels has to get out of that jam facing the unimposing Young, who has a career .668 OPS .

- The Mets would get another two-out run in the sixth on a double to make it 4-3. Here’s a foreboding stat: Hamels has been given a lead in five of his starts this year. He’s lost every single one. For the tenth time in sixteen starts, Hamels wouldn’t pitch beyond the sixth inning. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. He’s now 2-11.

THE OFFENSE TURNS IN ONE GOOD INNING

- After an uneventful bottom of the first, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown led off the second with back-to-back doubles to give the Phils their first run of the game. Brown would come around to score on a fielder’s choice by Ben Revere. They’d get another run in the inning before it was all said and done.

- Just like in the second, Howard led off the fifth with a double. As our own Ian Riccaboni outlined, Howard has been pretty darn good over the last month and that would continue tonight. Unfortunately, his effort in the fifth would be squandered, as the Carlos Ruiz lined out to center with the bases loaded to end the inning. It was the second time the Phils stranded a runner who was on second with nobody out. If stranding baserunners counted for something, the Phillies would be a powerhouse. They stranded ten tonight. The score a few early and shut it down act is getting old.

- Despite moving down in the lineup, Revere also had himself a pretty nice night. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and, in the most Ben Revere thing ever, his two hits came on the infield. He continues to be an asset and was one of the bright spots for the Phils tonight.

UTLEY RETURNS

- Well, if you were hoping for a repeat performance from 2012 when Chase Utley returned from the DL, you’ll be disappointed. He didn’t homer in his first at bat. In fact, he didn’t even get a hit. He’d go 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He did hit the ball hard a couple of times. Still shaking the rust off, I guess.

GAME NOTES

- The Phils had won five in a row against the Mets before tonight’s game. Blame it on the law of averages.

- The weekend series continues with the Mets tomorrow at 4:05. Jonathan Pettibone (3-4, 4.40) takes on Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.56)

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  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Cole Hamels hasn’t been sharp. He got pounded by Eric Young and Juan Lagares. 4 runs in 6 innings doesn’t cut it. It’s hard to figure out what is wrong but he has just been off enough to consistently lose. If they give him 3 runs, he should be at least able to hold them to a draw. I didn’t see problems with the defense today. He just made some real bad pitches to Eric Young and Lagares. 3 walks in 6 innings isn’t good either.

     
    • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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      I saw a problem with the defense – Demon Young to start with.

       
  • Posts: 0 John Luchansky

    And Ryan Howard strikes out to end the game….where have we seen that before.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Really wish he had struck out to end the 2011 NLDS. Then maybe he wouldn’t have torn his achilles. Especially if it was a strikeout looking.

       
    • Posts: 0 Scooter

      Everywhere. New York, San Fran, Florida, you name it. He’s a big piece of something, alright.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        lol, and that’s after 2 doubles. Hate to see the comments after an actual bad game.

         
      • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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        And the absolute hatred for Ryan Howard continues on….

         
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    3/4 Cole’s doing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I haven’t used Cole Shambles in awhile.

    So that’s for Ken.

    Also got to give him credit for punching walls and throwing things with his right hand in the dig out. SMART!

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Hamels is beginning to resemble the 2013 Halladay. He has lost his command.

    He supposedly had a shoulder issue in the offseason. Makes me wonder.

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Everyone should relax. Wholesale changes are a mere six weeks away. Can’t wait….

     
  • Posts: 0 Whatever

    C’mon guys …. be realistic. Cole Hamels is not the ace of the Phillies – Cliff Lee is. But even so, I still expect more from Hamels than what we’ve gotten.

     
  • Posts: 4568 Lefty

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    I agree with Ryan,
    In the past he mostly depended on the change-up for his out pitch, and now it almost appears as if he is over-thinking, pitching backwards or something? I also noticed he was over throwing in the first inning too, looked like he was reaching much higher velocities than normal. I don’t know, maybe he’s just – like many of them- pressing.

     
  • Posts: 0 Charlie

    Don’t worry guys, Franco hit his first AA homerun tonight in his second game. It’s not too early to heap unrealistic expectations on him. I’m thinking franchise saver.

     
  • Posts: 469 Morris Buttermaker

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    In his 2 wins, the winning run was scored after Hamels had already been removed from the game for a pinch hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Maybe Charlies but thats what 2 years away..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Kole

    The Hamels extension smelled like a bust even before it was signed. Hamels is a good pitcher. But he ain’t no ace. He doesn’t have the elite stuff of say Greinke, Verlander or Cliff Lee.

    Hamels is not a pitcher who gives a team the confidence that when he’s pitching, the game is locked down.

    Typical bad Ruin Tomorrow Jr decision.

    Right now, with close to half the season played, Hamels has a 0.7 WAR.

    Phillies are paying a guy who has a very pedestrian 4.40 ERA and an 89 ERA+ over 20 million dollars per season. That’s a very bad contract.

    I think Hamels will rebound somewhat, but he will never be The Ace. I see him possibly as a solid, not great, #2 in the rotation. Possibly even #3.

     
  • Posts: 1189 Manny

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    Hamels wasn’t great. He keeps having high pitch counts and typically only lasting 6 innings. He needs to go into attack mode.

    However, when the Mets scored the 4th run, our OF wasn’t positioned properly (I think T-Mac or Sarge pointed this out). They should’ve been playing “no-doubles defense” with 2 outs and a slow runner on 1st so that an extra-base hit wouldn’t give them the lead. Yet they failed to this once again. It goes back to what Papelbon was saying about fundamentals. Who’s to blame here? The players or the coaching staff? This is basic stuff and we’re failing to execute.

     
  • Posts: 0 John

    Gamers like Lee and Halladay, who will take the ball and keep throwing until their arms fall off can handle the pressure and expectations that come with making 20+ million/year and being the #1 guy.
    Hamels is an insecure head case. That contract has screwed him up even more. Life is different when you go from #3 behind 2 great pitchers to being the so-called ace of the staff.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      More pop psychology and pretending we have any idea what’s going in someone’s head. Lovely.

       
      • Posts: 0 rellis

        Yes, and I suppose last year Cole had his head on straight and Cliff Lee was a headcase. Funny how that changes from year to year…..

         
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Not smart enough to have any answers to the Hamels crisis, I’m just left to wonder for the sake of mental exercise.

    Last year, pitching quite well, he kept driving the price up. One would do well to recall that when the likes of Weaver and Verlander signed about 3-4 years back (guess), they each priced out at about 5/85. Young and growing, public discussion of a Hamels long term deal with his free agency a year or two away, that was a realistically bandied about price. If he were up for free agency coming winter, it’s fascinating to play the if game and wonder what sentiment would be toward that time if it were coming off this season..

    I’d be pretty shocked if he gets dealt, but I wonder if he’d respond well to a shot at the playoffs in a change of scenery. I wouldn’t dare guess where his head is, because it sure can’t be positive, but I can’t help get the feeling that Chase is nuts when he paraphrases that if he knows the guy, this doesn’t affect him and his approach. It just doesn’t sound right, but Chase is there. Chase once called Mini a talented player, but one comment can’t be held to lifelong distrust.

    AFW’s “Shambles” is really an outstanding nickname. But somehow, it’s hard to make fun of this really pathetic situation. “Basepaths,” for whatever reason seemed harmless and funny. But it’s not like Jimmy was playing poorly. Cole? Sheesh.

    Despite the weakness at certain positions that are obvious and have been hashed to death, it’s utterly amazing where the Phils’d be if Howard and Hamels were having let’s just say better years. Even without Halladay, no less. But I’ll leave that crutch to David Montgomery to lean on. Maybe what I really wish was that Montgomery was having a better year. Or certainly a better future ahead. The retrospective on this year after it’s done rates a slim chance of being as non-negative as the players quotes reflect. Some cracks, but it’s hard to imagine that clubhouse being team oriented and focussed.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I think the Hamels criticism is overblown. Last year, nearly everyone wanted him re-signed, and some even basically said “at whatever cost.” Last year, Cliff Lee was being trashed.

    Phils fans are probably the most whiney, disloyal, fans in all of baseball. They’ll condemn a player for life for one strikeout at a critical moment, one bad throw, or a poor season after several seasons of Cy Young speculation. Personally, it all sometimes makes me want to puke.

     
    • Posts: 0 Stuart

      Not even Philly fans in general, a lot of it is the people on this blog. I don’t even read the comments anymore because of how stupid people are. I just saw this one because it is right above mine but it really truly is pathetic. Makes me wonder how many of the people who read this blog actually know anything about baseball. Probably 1 percent.

       
    • Posts: 0 rellis

      Makes me wonder why Cole re-signed with this team. Disloyalty is an understatement. I have never seen a player more personally attacked than Cole Hamels when he’s not going well. You can dislike how he’s pitching but the personal attacks are vicious and uncalled for.

       
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Not sure if anyone else said it but Hamels was given the lead against he Marlins and in that game he did win it. That was the big huge 7th inning game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    Every player has a down year every so often. Coles having one . would I wish he was 11-2? yes, but I’m not even thinking of trading him. Anybody who does is an idiot. period. Look at cliff lee. Every one trashed him last year and wanted to trade him. If the Phils had traded him and he had the kind of year he’s having now? I can’t imagine what would be said on the blogs. Or maybe I can. With that said we have guys who shouldn’t be here (D. Young) and a few more, yet they’re still hear. go figure. and I include the GM and the manager in that.

     
 
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