2009 Year in Review

Year In Review: Jimmy Rollins

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, February 06, 2010 02:20 PM Comments: 22

The Philadelphia Phillies are usually playing their best baseball when their spark plug is productive.  “As J-Roll goes, the Phillies go.”  2009 was no different.

Before the season started, Rollins batted .417 with a home run and four RBIs for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic.  With the hot start, it was thought that Rollins would carrying his success into the regular season.  However, it was only a sample size of at-bats.  Things didn’t go as planned, and Rollins batted .229 during the first half of the season.

The Phillies started to struggle in Interleague play, and after an 0-for-28 slump in late June, Charlie Manuel benched Rollins for four games.  His average plummeted to .205, so Manuel thought some time off would clear his mind. 

Rollins returned and batted .358 in his next 13 games, which included seven multi-hit games.  In addition, it led to a re-surged Phillies ball club.  In July, Rollins batted .313 with a .924 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Rollins continued to improve as the season moved along.  He hit .272 with 14 home runs  in the second half of the season.  Rollins batted .234 in the playoffs, but his walk-off hit in the National League Championship Series overshadowed everything.

As always, Rollins defense was stellar.  His best fielding percentage among all shortstops led to his third consecutive Gold Glove Award.

During this off season, the Phillies already picked up Rollins’ $8.5 million option for 2011.  If he keeps goin’, so will the Phillies.  Afterall, he’s only the best shortstop in Phillies history.

2009 stats: 155 games, .250 AVG, .296 OBP, .423 SLG, .719 OPS, 21 HR, 77 RBI, 31 SB

Grade: 7.9 — His defense was always there, but his offense only showed up for half of the season.  If the grade was based on clutch hits in the playoffs, he’d get a perfect ten.

This concludes our 2009 Year In Review.  To view the entire list, click here and enjoy all  of the player recaps.


Year In Review: Pedro Martinez

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, February 03, 2010 03:33 PM Comments: 33

You’d have to go back a long time to find a pitcher in Phillies pinstripes who had a better career resume than Pedro Martinez. In his day, he was as dominant as any right-handed pitcher ever to play the game.

So even though he would turn 38 during the playoffs, and even though his previous three seasons could best be described as “injury-riddled” or “mediocre,” the Phillies, in a scene straight out of a thousand movies, talked him into giving it one last spin.

And you know what? In 12 starts, counting the postseason, he wasn’t too bad. It was obvious that this wasn’t the turn-of-the-century Pedro who was so dominant he looked bored half the time. But he maintained his impeccable control (4.63 K/BB ratio for the regular season), changed arm angles, and could still reach back for a low-90s fastball a couple times a game.

All in all, what turned out to be a low-risk deal for $1 million plus incentives paid off quite well. By the time he signed in mid-July, the Phillies had, for months, trotted out a finally over-the-hill Jamie Moyer and a parade of fringe veterans and AAA kids who might not have quite been ready. Pedro stepped into the fifth starter’s spot and pitched well enough that he warranted three outings in the playoffs. And that’s where this gets complicated.

In his first start, Game 2 of the NLCS, Pedro looked like he had been cryogenically frozen after the 1999 season and the Phillies had decided to decant him for the occasion. Seven shutout innings, only two baserunners allowed, 23 batters faced, only 87 pitches thrown. Of course, the Phillies eventually lost when Chase Utley started throwing to an imaginary fifteen-foot high first baseman.

But Uncle Cholly was impressed enough to throw Pedro back into the fray for Game 2 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. He didn’t pitch badly, even amid a chorus of “Who’s Your Daddy?” chants. He struck out eight Yankees in six innings, but he took the loss when either A.J. Burnett had the game of his life, or the Phillies hitters just forgot to show up.

Game 6 was a different story. All I’ll say about that game is that Andy Pettitte didn’t pitch that great either, and while Pedro could have saved the series by throwing a three-hit shutout, I don’t know if it was reasonable to expect him to do that.

So for a good half-season, an up-and-down playoff run, and the best Jheri curl since Michael Jackson’s Thriller album cover, I thank you, Pedro Martinez, and wish you well.

2009 numbers: 5-1, 3.63 ERA, 44.2 IP, 37 K, .276 BAA, 1.25 WHIP, 4 HBP

Grade: 5.5/10—Let’s face it, he was an average pitcher for half a season, and that World Series Game 6 was something of a stinker. But an effective and entertaining starter in July on a “Why not?” signing is worth at least a golf clap.


Year In Review: Chase Utley

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, January 23, 2010 03:34 PM Comments: 17

It was August 9, 2006.  The Phillies were making a second half run, but were trailing the Braves by one in the top of the seventh inning.  The bases were loaded when the hard-nosed second baseman stepped up to the plate.  His short, quick stroke sent a double to left center field.  It emptied the bases and gave his team the lead.  He stood on second base, awaiting the team’s RBI machine to drive him in.  A weak Baltimore chop headed towards first base, appearing to be nothing but an out.  The runner had a different mind set.  The runner hustled and safely slid into home plate.  Enter Harry Kalas: “Chase Utley, you are the man!”

The legendary call still sticks with Utley.  And why not?  He’s established himself as today’s best second baseman in baseball.  He is the man.

In the 2008 off-season, it was announced that Utley needed hip surgery, and the recovery time was 4-6 months.  At the time, it was feared that Utley would not return until June.  Being the competitor that he is, Utley wasn’t going to let that happen.  His hard work ethic got him prepared for Opening Day.  By May, his injury was forgotten.

Surprisingly, Utley had a down year — for being Chase Utley.  His “down year” was still an All Star season, and good enough for another Silve Slugger Award.  Hitting .282 with 31 home runs and a .905 on-base plus slugging percentage was a little out of the norm for Chase, but that just shows his caliber.  Utley batted .313 in the first half of the season, but his .204 average in September was the main reason for his drop in production. 

Utley made up for his September slump in the postseason.  He hit .296 with six home runs in the playoffs.  His five home runs in the World Series tied Reggie Jackson’s record.

Utley’s hitting is feared throughout the league, but his other tools make him a dangerous player.  Utley’s fielding continues to improve.  Utley was arguably snubbed of a Gold Glove, as he had a 10.8 ultimate zone rating, which was first among all second basemen in the National League.  In addition, Utley’s one of the smartest baserunners in the league.

It’ll be interesting to see what amazing things Utley does on the field in 2010.  Harry couldn’t have put it any better: “Chase Utley, you are the man!”

2009 stats: 156 G, .282 AVG, 31 HR, 112 R, 93 RBI, 23 SB, .905 OPS

Grade: 9.6/10 –  He had a “down year,” but still put up All Star numbers.  He’s currently the best second baseman in baseball.  If not for a poor September, Chase would have gotten a perfect ten. 


Year In Review: Brad Lidge

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, January 14, 2010 01:11 PM Comments: 26

per⋅fect (adj.) / [pur-fikt]:

1. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement 2. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings 3. 48-for-48 in save opportunities

Synonyms:  unblemished, faultless, lights out, Brad Lidge in 2008

im⋅per⋅fect (adj.) / [im-pur-fikt]:

1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by defects or weaknesses 2. defective, faulty 3. 11 blown saves

Synonyms:  causing fans to use profanity, Brad Lidge in 2009

Those 1-2-3 ninth innings in 2008 were nice, right? 2009 was a different story. We were treated to a nerve-wracking ninth that usually ended in disappoint and frustration. If your heart wasn’t pounding, then you were probably on Mars. 

Coming off a “perfect” season, Brad Lidge’s expectations were high, but the only direction he could go was down.  And he hit rock bottom.

Lidge extended his consecutive save streak in his first three opportunities.  Unfortunately, all good things come to an end.  On April 18, Lidge blew his first save since 2007.  Charlie Manuel walked to the mound to take the ball from Lidge.  Proud, and well aware of his remarkable streak, the fans gave Lidge a standing ovation.  It would not be the only time Manuel took the baseball from Lidge, but it would be the only ovation.

7-Eleven: a seven-plus earned run average and eleven blown saves.  Lidge’s longest save streak in ’09 was five.  It was rare that we’d see back-to-back saves from the righty.

Lidge made every appearance interesting, even if he earned the save. He allowed 11 hits and 5.2 walks per nine. Lidge also allowed eleven home runs, a huge jump from his two the previous year.

Lidge would throw his slider early in the count, but the hitter would lay off.  He’d immediately fall behind, and allow the batter to reach base.  When Lidge allowed a lead-off runner, the game was over.  His fastball velocity was there, but sometimes his command was off.  Perhaps hitters figured him out, but in 2010 he’ll have to do a better job of mixing and locating his pitches.  Lidge is a two-pitch pitcher, but his stuff can be deadly.

Due to his poor performance, Lidge’s health was always in question.  He was placed on the disabled list in June (knee), but picked up right where he left off when he returned.  Lidge did not have a single month where he had a sub-five ERA.

Charlie Manuel insisted that Lidge was the man for the closing role.  But, down the strecth Manuel started to lose faith and called for a ”closer by comittee.”  Sometimes Madson would close; sometimes Scott Eyre was brought in to get the first two outs of the ninth.

Lidge saved three games and didn’t allow a run in the National League Division and Championship Series’. Unfortunately, he gave up the biggest runs in the World Series.

But hey, let’s look at the positive: who got the win in Game 4 of the NLCS?

2009 stats: 0-8, 58.2 IP, 7.21 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 31 SV, 61 SO, .296 AVG

Grade: 1.1/10 –  Lidge did a terrific job of raising our blood pressures.  He made history by having the worst ERA of any closer (with at least 20 saves) in MLB history.  He just didn’t have it.


Year in Review: J.A. Happ

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, January 08, 2010 04:00 PM Comments: 64

http://www.totalprosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ja-happ.jpgJames Anthony Happ is a quiet, unassuming 27-year old budding star. Don’t mistake that tranquil demeanor for weakness; the dude is an absolute force when he is on.

Happ was relentless throughout the entire 2009 season, going 12-4 with 2.93 ERA in 166 innings, while finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting in the National League behind Florida’s Chris Coughlan. It didn’t start off as a ROY-type season for Happ out of the gate as he was passed over for Chan Ho Park for the final rotation spot.  Didn’t matter to him that he was placed in the bullpen, where, he too, excelled.  The lanky left-hander patiently waited his turn and in turn was finally given a chance to start on May 23 in the Bronx.  Chan Ho Park had used up all of his starting chips and Happ shined against the Yankees, never looking back.

His six-inning, two run performance was indicative of just how tough Happ would be for the remainder of the ’09 season. On June 27, the baseball community finally took notice as Happ tortured the Blue Jays in Toronto, tossing a complete game shutout, while fanning four batters. Consider it the defining moment for J.A.; it was his fifth consecutive victory, a streak that would stretch two more wins and nearly one more month.

Happ followed that up on a warm, August day against Colorado with yet another heart-stopping performance.  It would be his second CG-SO of the season, but this time, he struck out 10 batters over 127 pitches. However, on the same day in the minor leagues, Pedro Martinez was readying for his seat at the starters table.  Pedro one-upped Happ by striking out 11 batters in a start for Double-A Reading.

Luckily for Happ, he did not lose his starting spot outright until the playoffs due to Pedro’s September injury. Still, he was used as a reliever in the playoffs, where he pitched to mixed results.  Happ allowed four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings (seven appearances) and never really settled into a groove as he had as a relief pitcher early in the year.

Aside from his average showing in the postseason, from start to finish, Happ proved to the organization and the people following it, that he has the necessary tools to be a very good major league starter.  The Phillies brass pushed that point when they declined to trade Happ in a deadline deal for the uber-coveted Roy Halladay.  Instead, Happ stayed put, the Phillies brought in Cliff Lee, and the team once again rallied to the Fall Classic.  If not for Happ and his impressive emergence as a solid middle of the rotation pitcher, the Phillies may not have secured back-t0-back NL Pennants.

J.A. Happ was that good.

2009 numbers: 12-4, 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 119 K, 56 BB, 166 IP, 149 H, .244 BAA

GRADE: 8.4/10:  Happ was outstanding, but not so much in the playoffs. Perhaps it was the back and forth between the pen and the rotation that caused a slow down in the postseason.  Nevertheless, Happ will now be counted on for even bigger things in the future.


Year In Review: Ryan Madson

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, January 03, 2010 10:10 AM Comments: 18

After successfully being the ”bridge to Lidge,” Ryan Madson was given a three-year, $12 million contract in January, 2009.  Madson looked to continue his success as the team’s set-up man, but he was also handed the closing job.

Madson was extremely comfortable in the eighth inning.  The right hander had 26 holds, which ranked fifth in the National League.  However, when filling in for an injured closer, Madson blew six saves.

Madson has a hard fastball, which tops the high-90′s on adrenaline.  His changeup is filthy, and helped him strike out 9.1 batters per nine, a career high.  Madson struck out 78 batters, but he also kept the ball in the yard.  He only allowed 7 home runs in 77+ innings. 

Madson was streaky, however.  He’d have his stretches where he would be lights out, but he would also have stretches where he would get lit up.  For example, he had a 5.11 ERA in July, but a 2.63 ERA in August.

Charlie Manuel could throw Madson out against a left-handed batter or a right-handed batter and he would get the job done.  He had more success against righties, but having somebody who can get batters out from both sides of the plate is extremely valuable for a bullpen.

2009 statistics: 5-5, 77.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .251 AVG

Grade: 7.4/10 — Madson is one of the best set-up men in the league.  He was streaky at times, but overall he had a great year.  He couldn’t get the job done as closer, but having a reliable set-up man is about as important as having a reliable closer.


Year In Review: The Bullpen

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, December 31, 2009 12:19 PM Comments: 8

Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson were the main arms in the bullpen, and Phillies Nation will have separate reviews on their seasons later.  The bullpen had other important arms, such as Scott Eyre, Chan Ho Park, Brett Myers, and Jamie Moyer, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin, who were reviewed earlier.  Tyler Walker, Sergio Escalona, Antoino Bastardo, Jack Taschner, and Kyle Kendrick also spent time in the big league bullpen.

Collectively, the Phillies bullpen had a 3.91 ERA, which ranked 14th in the majors, and ninth in the National League.

With J.C Romero suspended and injured, Scott Eyre was a key factor in the bullpen, serving as a left-handed specialist.  Eyre only pitched 30 innings, but he posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.  It’s unknown if Eyre will return in 2010.  Eyre had injury problems, and had surgery in the off season.  Eyre, a free agent, also tossed around the idea of retiring.

Chan Ho Park won the fifth starter’s spot in spring training. In seven starts, he posted a 7.29 ERA and lost his starting spot to J.A Happ.  Park moved to the bullpen, and was extremely effective, posting a 2.52 ERA.  His role as a reliever was undefined.  Sometimes we would eat two or three innings; in other situations he acted as a set-up man in close games.  Like Eyre, Park is a free agent, and a return is uncertain.

For the second year in a row, Brett Myers was the Opening Day starter.  However, Myers missed most of the season due to a hip injury.  Myers beat the odds and returned from surgery before the season ended.  He struggled at the end of the regular season and in the postseason, but his determination was still there.  The Phillies already notified Myers that he will not be a Phillie in 2010.

After a few bullpen injuries, Tyler Walker’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Walker pitched well in 35.1 innings with the Phillies.  He had a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He later earned trust from the skipper in close game situations.

Sergio Escalona had a busy travel schedule.  The young lefty shuttled back and forth between the majors and minors.  The 24-year old went 1-0 with a 4.61 ERA in 14 games.

Antonio Bastardo tore up the minor leagues before being called up to start. However, he struggled during his time in the majors.  He had a 6.46 ERA, then was placed on the disabled list.  In need of bullpen help, Bastardo made the NLDS and NLCS roster.  Despite only pitching 0.1 innings in the postseason, the decision to add Bastardo to the postseason roster was bold, and showed that the Phillies think highly of him.  The 23-year old has a hard fastball, a nasty slider and changeup, and the potential to be a good major league pitcher.

The Phillies needed a lefty, so they shopped Ronny Paulino to the San Francisco Giants for Jack Taschner.  Taschner’s stay in Philadelphia wasn’t a pleasant one.  He had a 4.91 ERA in 29 innings before getting the boot.

From the beginning of spring training, it was Kyle Kendrick’s goal to show that his sophomore slump was just a fluke.  He didn’t win the final spot in the rotation, although he did make a few spot starts.  Kendrick spent most of the season in Triple-A, only pitching 26.1 innings in the majors.  He had a 3.42 ERA, but he was very inconsistent.  Kendrick has another opportunity to redeem himself and win the fifth starter’s job in 2010.

Grade: 5/10:  The 2009 bullpen was recognized more for their reality show, “The Pen,” than anything else.  The bullpen wasn’t the Phillies strong point like in 2008, however it was about average.  They had guys like Park who could get the job done, but they also had guys like Taschner who couldn’t.


Year in Review: Cliff Lee

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, December 29, 2009 02:30 PM Comments: 116

http://blog.lehighvalleylive.com/sports_impact/2009/08/large_phillies.JPGJust when you thought the Cliff Lee talk would simmer, we reel you back in!  It is the Year in Review, so we have to cover everyone.  Yes, including the guy who was here for a three month stretch that was one of the most important and unimaginable showings in Phillies history. As quickly as he came in, he was swept away by the front office to Seattle.

The brevity of Cliff Lee’s stay in Philadelphia is somewhat of a head-scratcher considering he dominated the final two months and the playoffs like he was Sandy Koufax.  Still, it’s a piece of Phillies history that won’t soon be forgotten by the allegiance who witnessed it.

Beginning with a complete-game four-hitter against San Francisco in his first start with the Phils, to his finale; seven hard-fought innings in World Series Game 5 to keep the team gasping on life support.  No matter the challenge, Cliff Lee seemed up for it.

In between his first and last starts, Lee tossed in a litany of season-altering performances, many of which you will see on our Top 25 list in the coming days.  A complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Arizona? Check.  A CG-SO against Washington late in the season?  You bet.  A 4-0 postseason record with a 1.56 ERA and two complete games?  Lee made it happen. What he could not help was a World Series defeat at the hands of the evil empire.  But don’t blame Lee for that.  His two WS victories presented a small window of opportunity for the Phillies; one which they could not capitalize on, unfortunately.

And just like that, it’s over.  Feeling the need to secure long-term financial stability, coupled with the belief that Lee would test free-agent waters once 2010 was through, Ruben Amaro Jr. sent him packing to Seattle in that raucous three-team deal that brought Roy Halladay to Philly.  Whether it was the correct move or not, it will only allow for Cliff Lee’s legendary status to grow here in this baseball-crazed town.  Sure, we will learn to love the same type of shutdown efforts by Halladay every fifth day, but few have ever made their mark on a city like Cliff Lee.

There have been heaps and heaps of trades consummated at the deadline over the years, but few have rendered results like this one.  It’s safe to say that this was one of the finest acquisitions in the history of this franchise.

And for that, we will always, always remember Clifton Phifer Lee.

2009 numbers (with PHI): 7-4, 3.39 ERA, 79.2 IP, 74 K, 10 BB, 3 CG, 1 Shutout

GRADE: 9.8/10 – Few players will ever steal the breath of a Phillies fan the way Lee did.  This would have been a 10 out of 10 had the Phils captured back-to-back World Series titles, although it wasn’t from lack of effort Lee.  Just an incredible season, there’s really no other way to put it.


Year in Review: The Bench

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, December 27, 2009 03:42 PM Comments: 38

http://broadstreetsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/eric-bruntlett.jpgNot much you can say about the Philadelphia Phillies backups during the 2009 season other than they just weren’t very good.

For the most part, the crew consisted of Eric Bruntlett and Matt Stairs, whom we reviewed earlier in the offseason, Greg Dobbs, Paul Bako, John Mayberry Jr., Miguel Cairo, and Ben Francisco.  Chris Coste left mid-season and guys like Lou Marson, Andy Tracy, and Paul Hoover made nary a contribution.  But overall, it was a sad, sad year for the group that was counted upon to provide a spark off the pine.

Greg Dobbs had been the main man for the previous two seasons, hitting .271 in 2007 and .301 in 2008.  Of course, ’09 brought injuries, which in turn sapped Dobbs’ ability to produce in late-inning situations.  He finished the year with a .247 average and just five home runs after smacking 19 homers the two seasons prior.  In pinch-hitting situations, that average plunged to just .167 over 60 plate appearance; not exactly what the Phillies expected when they inked Dobbs to a two-year deal before the season.

Paul Bako took over as the backup backstop for Chris Coste in June and didn’t really offer anything different than Coste.  Those in the know say Bako “handles a staff better” than Coste did, but isn’t it really comparing apples with apples when both guys hit in the .220′s and rarely play?  Needless to say, Bako won’t be back next season and in ’09 didn’t make much of an impact.

John Mayberry Jr. was an intriguing piece as Spring Training opened last February, looking as though he might be a candidate to be a left fielder of the future in Philly.  The giant righty had a home run and three RBI in his first game of the season against the New York Yankees.  However, the holes in his swing became more evident as the season progressed and Mayberry found himself in Triple-A for the stretch run.  Big John could still be a presence if he can shorten his swing, but don’t count on it as of now.

Miguel Cairo was an adequate replacement for Eric Bruntlett as the last guy on the bench -the super-utility player, if you will.  Cairo completed the 2009 campaign with a .267 average in limited time, but his ride is also over with the Phils.

Ben Francisco looks to be a keeper and a guy who could be a replacement for Raul Ibanez down the road.  Francisco split the season with Cleveland and the Phillies, hitting 15 total home runs while playing an adequate left field.  That’s three straight seasons with 15 HR’s for Benny, so he has the necessary pop to be a viable option off the bench.

As a pinch-hitter, he hit just .200 over 15 at-bats, so he clearly didn’t receive a ton of opportunities other than the occasional spot start. But when he did play, he produced. Francisco will be a very important piece for the Phillies in 2010, and perhaps for an extended period beyond next year as well.

GRADE: 2/10: Stairs hit a few big home runs, but early in the year.  Dobbs struggled with injuries and never got going. Bruntlett was basically a warm body on the bench.  The others rarely came up with any big time, late-inning heroics.  Francisco was good, but not as a PH. Overall, an awful season for the Phils bench, as they finished the season hitting just .186.


Year In Review: Cole Hamels

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, December 26, 2009 10:01 AM Comments: 31

In January of 2009, the Phillies avoided arbitration with Cole Hamels by signing him to a three-year, $20.5 million deal.  For a pitcher who won the 2008 World Series MVP, the move was a cheap steal for the Phillies.  After going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the playoffs, the young left-hander had high expectations for 2009.

Cole didn’t respond the way everybody would’ve liked.

On the first day of spring training, Charlie Manuel penciled Hamels in as the Opening Day starter.  However, Hamels suffered from elbow pain and wouldn’t make his first start until April 10.  It wasn’t pretty; Hamels allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings.  It was just the beginning of a long season for Hamels.

Glancing at his stats, Hamels had an average year for a major league pitcher.  What made Hamels’ season disappointing was the fact that everybody knew that he was capable of being a big game pitcher.  Hamels’ frustration in himself was noticeable, especially in the National League Championship Series when he tossed his arms in the air after a teammate’s error.

It was very easy to point out Hamels’ problem: location.  When Hamels missed his spots, he paid heavily.  But at least he made batters work their way on.  Hamels gave up 9.6 hits per nine innings.  Hamels only walked two batters per nine innings, a career best.  51.4% of his pitches were in the strike zone, which ranked fifth best in the National League.  He also had the fifth best walk/strikeout ratio (3.91) in the National League.

Hamels was unable to get into a groove during the posteason.  He went 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA, and allowed seven home runs.

In early 2009, Hamels admitted to Phillies Nation that he does not have a good curveball.  It showed in 2009, but if it can be improved, he’ll be that much better of a pitcher.  The 26-year old is still capable of being an ace.  With less offseason distractions, Hamels can prepare himself for the 2010 season, and can hopefully return to his old, dominant form.

2009 stats: 32 G, 10-11, 193.2 IP, 4.32 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 168 SO, .273 BAA

Grade: 5.5/10 — Hamels had a disappointing year, but his subpar season was about average for a major league pitcher.

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