The Worst Start of Hamels' Career?

Well, that was ugly.

Cole Hamels allowed 11 hits, seven runs, one walk and one home run in just 3 2/3 innings this afternoon against the Rockies at Coors Field.

The case can be made that this was the worst start of his career. He had allowed seven earned runs three other times, but in each of those starts he pitched at least five innings: June 28, 2006 at Baltimore, July 24, 2006 against Atlanta and May 31, 2008 against Florida. He allowed nine runs (five earned runs) in two innings against the Cubs on Aug. 24, 2006, but he was pitching with an injured finger that afternoon after he sliced it trying to open a zip-tie. He also allowed nine runs in a start last season against Atlanta, but only four of them were earned.

Hamels’ fastball ranged anywhere from 84 mph to 90 mph, but he sat around 87 mph most of the afternoon.

Hamels, of course, was making his season debut after he missed time last month because of inflammation in his elbow. Hamels and the Phillies said going into the start that they considered him healthy, but I know Phillies fans and I know this won’t ease any concerns they have about his health.

Here’s a look at the worst starts of Hamels’ career:

June 28, 2006 at Baltimore: 5 ip, 9 h, 7 r, 7 er, 3 bb, 4 k, 2 hr.
July 24, 2006 vs. Atlanta: 5 1/3 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 2 bb, 12 k, 3 hr.
August 24, 2006 at Chicago: 2 ip, 9 h, 9 r, 5 er, 0 bb, 0 k, 2 hr.
May 31, 2008 vs. Florida: 5 2/3 ip, 8 h, 7 r, 7 er, 1 bb, 4 k, 3 hr.
July 26, 2008 vs. Atlanta: 3 2/3 ip, 6 h, 9 r, 4 er, 3 bb, 2 k, 1 hr.
April 10, 2009 at Colorado: 3 2/3 ip, 11 h, 7 r, 7 er, 1 bb, 1 k, 1 hr.

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17 Comments

Well it looks like the only Phillie to not have rust is…..Chase the Ace! Go figure! This guy is really something else. This whole team needs to get it together though, it might not be til June when they start playing to their full potential. We got spoiled last year, so now they must win ALL the time!!!!

Well it looks like the only Phillie to not have rust is…..Chase the Ace! Go figure! This guy is really something else. This whole team needs to get it together though, it might not be til June when they start playing to their full potential. We got spoiled last year, so now they must win ALL the time!!!!

Oh, my head hurts! That was truly painful to watch. Hoping Ruiz is ok!

Jenn
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“Ugly” is an understatement, Todd! Glad I wasn’t able to watch the game! Where the heck is our offense???? Aside from Werth, who went 4-4, and Chase’s 2 hits, and J.Roll’s 1. When is everyone else going to show up?

Clinton…I thought the same thing about Chase. Who’da thought?! He really is amazing!

Question about the box score…..How did Feliz manage to get 2 rbis’, with no hits, no walks, and only one sac fly? Werth scored all three runs, so it wasn’t like 2 runners scored on the SF.

Norma – Feliz grounded out to short in the 4th and that scored Werth for the 2nd RBI.

Jenn
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Thanks, Jenn! Never really thought about a ground-out. DUH!

What happened to Ruiz????

And what happened to Howard?! Grounding into 3 DP’s??? WTF?!

So. All is definitely NOT well.

Read about Ruiz’s strained oblique on the Phillies site. Listed day to day. They scratched Lou Marsen from the game in AAA. They don’t want him to get hurt, in case they need to bring him up.

Boy oh boy! Sure do hope Myers (and subsequently every other starting pitcher) makes some adjustments for tomorrow’s start. Hope Chan Ho Park comes out smokin’ on Sunday or the rotation could be in deep doo-doo (actually seems to be another “stellar” start for our Fightin’s). Not good news about Ruiz.

I know a lot will be made of Hamels’s lack of velocity, but in reality, the reason he was so bad yesterday was the lack of command. Look, he is not going to be great with an 86, 87, 88 mph fastball, but he got hit so hard yesterday because that weak fastball was up, and right down the middle WAY too often. Also, I love Charlie, but enough is enough. These guys flat out do not work hard enough in February and March. There is no other viable explanation why they seem so far behind the rest of baseball every April. They are not ready to play, and it is inexcusable. Notice, one thing about Pat Burrell is, he always came out of the gate swinging well in the first few weeks, and he was usually the only one. He was also the first player to Spring Training every year, and always took more BP than anyone. Now, the only one swinging well is Utley, who worked harder than anyone all spring trying to get ready for Opening Day. Clearly, work ethic in Feb/Mar translates to better success in April. And it certainly appears these guys are not working hard enough in Feb/Mar. I sure hope Charlie went nuclear on them yesterday. COngrats to Jayson Werth on a fine game yesterday. Shame it went wasted.

Oh yeah…and Zo, my vote is for either this one, or the Atlanta game last July as Hamels’s wors career start…leaning toward this one, since at least the team came back and won the Atlanta game.

After seeing Hamels pitch it makes me wonder why he didn’t start the season on the disabled list just to have more time in spring training. He’s a notorious slow starter, and he didn’t look to be ready for the season. Pitching in the sunshine of Florida is definitely an upgrade of a Philadelphia April, or places like Denver.

http://www.hotstovephilly.com

After seeing Hamels pitch it makes me wonder why he didn’t start the season on the disabled list just to have more time in spring training. He’s a notorious slow starter, and he didn’t look to be ready for the season. Pitching in the sunshine of Florida is definitely an upgrade of a Philadelphia April, or places like Denver.

http://www.hotstovephilly.com

After seeing Hamels pitch it makes me wonder why he didn’t start the season on the disabled list just to have more time in spring training. He’s a notorious slow starter, and he didn’t look to be ready for the season. Pitching in the sunshine of Florida is definitely an upgrade of a Philadelphia April, or places like Denver.

http://www.hotstovephilly.com

The Phils starting pitching has crapped the bed so far.

Visual evidence- http://pabaseball.blogspot.com/2009/04/hamels-snuggles-in-bed.html

Hamels clearly saidduring several of his spring training interviews that his fastball didn’t reach the low 90s until he was throwing in real games. This was his first game to pitch in since he got shut down a month ago. I think the Phils were letting Cole know that it would be okay to give up a lot of runs now in order to get his pitches where they have to be for the rest of the season. Cole will be fine, certainly by May.

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