Hamels Gives It A Go
Cole Hamels, presumably wrapped in bubble wrap, pitches tonight against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
You’ve got to think the worst is behind him, right?
Inflammation in the left elbow. Line drive off the left shoulder. Sprained left ankle. That pretty much covers every “left” body part that is important to a pitcher.
If the Phillies could get Hamels going on a consistent basis, it just might settle the rotation. I’m not saying if Hamels pitches well, the others suddenly start throwing strikes and pitching deep into games. But it could help, right?
Old news today, but I got asked a couple times yesterday why the Phillies didn’t have Pedro Feliz bunt with Raul Ibanez on second base and nobody out in the seventh inning of a scoreless game Wednesday against the Mets. I didn’t have a great answer, so I asked. Here is the explanation that I got: the Phillies wanted Feliz swinging in that situation because with a good base runner on second they liked their chances to get him home. In fact, they considered him their best chance with the bottom of the order coming up. Charlie Manuel also hadn’t decided if he wanted to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park, who had thrown six scoreless innings. If Feliz had singled to score Ibanez, Manuel might have wanted to send out Park to start the seventh inning.