Hamels Fine, Needs One More Start

Cole Hamels pitched four innings in a Minor League game today at the Carpenter Complex, and afterward he said he “definitely” needs one more start before he is ready to pitch in a big-league game.

“I think that would be the best just knowing that I can go out there, hopefully go a little deeper, maybe about 80 pitches,” Hamels said. “Hopefully get past that fourth inning. Pitching four innings in the big leagues doesn’t help much. The bullpen would be taxed. Just knowing I can go out there and really hit my spots is going to be the big key. That just happens with just going out there and that repetition.”

Hamels, who said his left elbow feels fine, allowed 10 hits, three runs and one walk and struck out five against the Triple-A Yankees.

He threw 64 pitches.

He said he remains on target to pitch April 10 against the Rockies in Denver, but first he will pitch April 4 in an exhibition against the Rays at Citizens Bank Park.

“I think that’s going to be a big start for me … really prepare me for the season,” he said. “I really do think that will really get me ready, going out there and competing at the big-league level and starting off the season right.”

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Chan Ho Park allowed six hits, two runs (one earned run) and one walk and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Park really is making things tough on the Phillies. He has a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings this spring. J.A. Happ has a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.

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11 Comments

Glad to hear he’s feeling good. His line against a AAA team isn’t great. 3 runs in 4 innings is a era of over 6.

It’s amazing that his next outing is going to be in CBP.

This is all good news. His elbow is fine – it’s a matter of timing. So Cole will only have 34 starts this year.

Since we’re talking pitchers… I’m going to guess that Park’s performance today, while good, will ensure he has a bullpen spot.

A month ago, I wouldn’t have said this but Charlie’s got to go with Park over Happ. He’s a veteran and he’s earned it with his performance this month.
Guess that’s why they have Spring Training, right?

Guess the real test will be against the Rays. Overall things sound pretty good. Phil’s offense today must have taken Charlie’s comments to heart. Howard, Rollins, Bruntlett all went yar :-)
Park had a very good outing.

Park has clearly outpitched Happ and even skipped the WBC to compete for a starters job. I’m OK with Park getting the #5 slot, if he pitches well, great, if not, Happ can always step into it and Park can go to pen. As for Cole, getting cuffed around by the Yankees Triple A team in 4 innings doesn’t show me he is anywhere near ready. Just saying….

I agree Jimmy. Cole seems to be at least 1 or 2 starts away. As for Park, I still prefer happ

I’m thinking that Cole is still working on some things at this point. Let’s wait to see what happens Saturday in front of the crazies in CBP.
As far as #5 is concerned, I really like what i see out of Park. But it’s not my call.

I think you GOT to give it to Park. he has just pitched so darn well. If you tell him he had a shot and then he clearly out pitches Happ, which he has, and then deny it to him, I just think you are asking for problems.

Someone still asserts Happ should be #5.
However, at this point, Park would be a better choice.
Even statistics prove it. If Park has to be bullpen, he would be utterly demoralized. It’s not a fair competition.

This is how I see the pitching staff shaping up until Romero returns: Opening day until April 15: 11 pitchers – 4 starters & 7 bullpen: Happ is in AAA. Taschner is LH middle reliever. Majewski is RH middle reliever. Park is the long-reliever. April 15 through May 30: Expand to 12 pitchers – 5 starters & 7 bullpen: Park is the number 5 starter. Taschner & Majewski stay in their roles. Happ is the long-reliever/spot-starter. June 1: Romero returns. Park & Happ remain in their roles. Taschner or Majewski is demoted.

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