Posts Tagged ‘Cole Hamels’

Hamels “Feels Good” After 40-Pitch Bullpen Session

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, March 19, 2014 10:28 AM Comments: 5

According to the writers following the team in Florida, Cole Hamels threw a 40 pitch bullpen session Wednesday morning and said he felt good. The next step in Hamels recovery will be to throw to live hitters in a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday.

Today’s bullpen session comes three days after he threw a 33 pitch bullpen session. Hamels was recovering from shoulder inflammation when he pushed himself too hard and suffered a set back, a move that will land him on the DL to start the season.

The fact that Hamels has thrown back to back bullpen sessions and has felt good is good news. An already depleted rotation is expecting the 30-year-old ace to start the season on the DL, but they’re going to be in trouble if he suffers another setback.


Who Will Be the Fifth Starter?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, March 12, 2014 04:00 PM Comments: 11

Cole Hamels took the mound Wednesday morning to throw a bullpen session to gauge how his shoulder is feeling. Because of Hamels’ injury, there is a vacated spot in the Phillies’ rotation. Here are the leading candidates to take that spot and how they are doing two weeks into Spring Training.

The Front-Runner

Jeff Manship

In three outings, Manship has posted a 1.29 ERA over seven innings pitched with six strikeouts. Manship is a five-year Major League vet who relies on an 89 MPH fastball with an 80 MPH curve and an 84 MPH change-up to get hitters out. The lack of separation between his fastball and change-up scares me a bit, as does his career 6.42 ERA. But make no mistake about it, Manship has played his way into the conversation and the role as the front-runner.

Stock is Rising

David Buchanan

Buchanan, 24, was a relative unknown quantity by most Phillies’ fans headed into this season. Drawing frequent comparisons to Kyle Kendrick, Buchanan will strike out about 5.6 batters per 9 IP but issue a couple free passes as well. After throwing three scoreless innings yesterday against the Braves, Buchanan’s stock is rising. Buchanan has a 1.50 ERA in 6 IP across three outings.

Stock is Falling

Sean O’Sullivan

Since making his debut at age 21 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009, O’Sullivan has battled frequent bouts of injury and inconsistency in the Major Leagues. Yesterday’s performance (6 ER in 2.2 IP) may be a red-flag that the inconsistency is on its way. O’Sullivan’s spring ERA now sits at 7.04 ERA.

Dark Horse

Mario Hollands

Hollands, 25, is making the most of an opportunity in Phillies’ camp as a non-roster invite. Old for his level from 2010 through 2012, Hollands counting stats weren’t very good, earning himself a return trip to Clearwater in 2013 after reaching Triple-A Lehigh Valley at age 23 in 2012. Hollands has impressed in camp, though, pitching 6.1 innings with a 1.42 ERA striking out five.


Lee to Retire After 2016, Kendrick Back for 2014

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, September 29, 2013 09:53 AM Comments: 16

Some interesting notes flying around early this morning. First, Matt Gelb is reporting that Cliff Lee believes he will retire after the 2016 season. Lee is signed through the 2015 season with the Phillies, with a club option for 2016.

I’m financially able to shut it down, so… that’s how I feel right now,” Lee says. “But when the time comes I might look at it differently.”

Second, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com quoted Ruben Amaro Jr. saying the Phillies will tender Kyle Kendrick a contract for 2014. After a very strong start to 2013 (3.68 ERA in 124 first-half IP, .256 BAA), the wheels came off for Kendrick through the second half of 2013 (6.91 ERA in 57.1 second-half IP, .321 BAA). This means the Phillies likely have four out of five rotation spots filled for 2014 between Cole Hamels, Lee, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and Kendrick.

Finally, there is mutual interest in Chooch returning to the Phillies in 2014. Zolecki suggests Chooch would like to return but may test the open market if a deal isn’t completed by the World Series.


Phillies Squeak By Marlins on Two First Inning Runs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 24, 2013 10:51 PM Comments: 3

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 2-1, with both runs coming in the top of the first inning. Of their five hits on the night, just one came in that first inning. But three consecutive walks, including one to Darin Ruf with the bases loaded, and a Kevin Frandsen ground out, plated the only runs of the evening. It was just enough.

Zach Miner led the bullpen-game effort, tossing the first four innings. The winning pitcher, Michael Stutes, pitched the fifth, and was followed by Ramirez, Diekman, and then Papelbon for the save. It was Stutes’ first appearance since June 22 after a DL stint with a biceps injury.

Saturday’s game will also be a full bullpen game as Roy Halladay will be unable to make his final start of the season due to arm fatigure and an illness he disclosed to the media after yesterday’s debacle.

The Phillies and Marlins will finish out the series tomorrow as Cole Hamels battles Brad Hand. Hamels will look for his ninth win of the year in his final start.


Phillies Struggle in Loss to Mets

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 20, 2013 10:19 PM Comments: 10

PHIvNYMFor the first time since 2002, Phillies have clinched a losing season. Tonight marked their 82nd loss on the year. Cole Hamels had a rough night, surrendering six earned runs for the first time since May.

He let up three of those before recording an out in the first, including allowing a homer to David Wright, in his first at-bat since August 2. Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed four (two earned) runs in six innings pitched, and allowed just four hits. Overall, the Phils were only able to scatter five hits in 36 tries at the plate.

These two teams are back at it tomorrow, with Tyler Cloyd scheduled for the Phillies and Dillon Gee scheduled for the Mets.


Gameday: Phillies (71-81) vs Mets (68-84)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 20, 2013 06:17 PM Comments: 11

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (71-81) v New York Mets (68-84)

Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12)

Time: 7:05Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Tonight, the Phillies and Mets will begin a three game series at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels will pitch for the Fightins tonight, with Daisuke Matsuzaka getting the ball for the Mets. Hamels has been stellar this year after struggling early on. Dice-K has been a shadow of his former self this year, and is a painstakingly slow on the mound. Tonight might be a long game time-wise. As noted earlier on the site, Michael Stutes has been activated for tonight’s game. David Wright will play for the Mets for the first time since early August.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Hamels P

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Go Phillies!



Gameday: Phillies (68-79) at Nationals (78-69)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, September 14, 2013 06:15 PM Comments: 16

Philadelphia Phillies (68-79) vs. Washington Nationals (78-69)

Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) vs. Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31)

Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It was already a foregone conclusion, but the Phillies were officially eliminated from playoff contention today when the Reds won. Obviously, that means nothing, because this team has been expecting elimination since shortly after the All Star Break.

Cole Hamels will get the ball tonight for the Phillies, and Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nats.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Galvis LF, Mayberry RF, Hamels P

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Revisiting Our Offseason Plans

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, September 13, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 9

Last November, Pat Gallen, Corey Seidman, Ian Riccaboni and I separately presented our roster plans for the 2013 Phillies. None of us truly believed the Phillies were a contender, but with our suggested acquisitions and some positive breaks, they might have a shot. With only a few weeks left in the season it seems as good a time as any to review our plans.

It’s interesting to note that the four of us agreed on an awful lot – we collectively selected 17 of the 25 roster spots. This was indicative of the few areas the Phillies could toy with. On one hand, agreement on 68% of the roster could suggest that the Phillies didn’t need to alter chunks of the roster or dole out even more lucrative deals. On the other hand, several of those 17 players were already signed to lucrative deals that could have prevented the team from properly filling the remaining spots.

Our starting rotations were identical across the board: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley. These plans were published prior to Worley’s trade to Minnesota, but, at that time, we all felt the Phillies rotation was set. They didn’t need to go out and sign a Dan Haren or Ryan Dempster. If the big three were healthy, and Kendrick continued improving, the rotation was solid.

We also agreed on Carlos Ruiz as the primary catcher with Erik Kratz backing him up. Chooch was coming off of his best season and it was a no-brainer to exercise his meager club option. Kratz, while not that solid of a defender, had hit for enough power to merit the backup role. It didn’t make sense to have one of the prospects back Ruiz up since consistent playing time is integral to their development.

Though there were question marks surrounding the infield triumvirate’s ability to remain both healthy and effective, we all agreed on Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins at their respective positions. Freddy Galvis, Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry all made our teams as well, with Brown as a clear starter and Ruf getting more playing time than Galvis and Mayberry. It was also abundantly clear that Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t going anywhere, and our bullpens all included Antonio Bastardo and Jeremy Horst.

Third base, however, was the first area in which we really presented different plans.

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Phillies Sweep Braves on Ruf’s 8th Inning Homer

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 08, 2013 08:24 PM Comments: 36

Cole Hamels actually got lucky. It’s about time.

Hamels went eight innings, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out nine in the Phillies 3-2  Another solid performance that dropped his ERA to 3.45. It’s almost going unnoticed how great he has been. His only blemishes came off the bat of Evan Gattis.

The mule-strong Gattis hit the longest home run in Citizens Bank Park history at 486 feet on Ashburn Alley. He’d also add another bomb to torture Hamels.

However, Hamels was bailed out by Darin Ruf with his 13th home run in the eighth inning. Ruf has done that damage in just 188 at-bats. With 15 career home runs in 252 plate appearances, that extrapolates to 37 home runs over a 162 game season. The Phillies are sorely lacking that power.

Jonathan Papelbon was given the day off, so BJ Rosenberg came in for a nine-pitch save.


Gameday: Braves (85-56) at Phillies (65-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 08, 2013 12:34 PM Comments: 18

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-56) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (65-77) 

Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.41) vs. Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.50)

Time: 1:35 ET, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 75, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are going for the sweep!  You heard that right.  The Phillies are in position to sweep the first place team in the National League East.  I wouldn’t say the Phillies are playing spoiler since it is inevitable that the Braves will clinch a playoff spot, but it certainty will push back their champagne celebration.

Cole Hamels is on the hill today.  With the way he has been pitching lately, it’s almost hard to believe that he had an ERA well over 4.00 at one point during this season.  Hamels left in the seventh inning during his last start because “he didn’t feel right.”  It’s said not to be an issue, but today will prove if there is anything affecting him.

Go Phillies!

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