Manuel Talks About Hamels
“I understand his frustration and everything,” Manuel said. “He was the MVP of the World Series last year. He’s been a good pitcher ever since he came up. Ever since he’s been in the big leagues he’s been a top-flight pitcher. It’s been tough on him. He’s kind of had a weird year. What he’s going through right now, it’s going to take experience and everything because he’s going through a part where he’s failed. He’s been very inconsistent and it’s been like a failure to him. Things haven’t been going his way.”
It should be noted that Hamels also said that he wanted the ball in Game 7.
“I really do hope I have that opportunity,” Hamels said. “It’s one of those games that you can definitely redeem yourself. I would know it’s the very last game that I would ever have that season. It’s not the type of game you want to have in your last game. It’s just kind of something where if you could end it on a good note, why not? Having a Game 7 opportunity that would be mean a lot. I hope my teammates believe in me and want me to be out there for it.”
I’m guessing when Hamels said he can’t wait for the season to end, he meant he can’t wait for his struggles to end. He wasn’t saying, “Whew, let’s get this World Series over with so I can take a vacation.” That said, it didn’t sound good, which has people wondering if the Phillies should start him in Game 7, if the series gets that far. Of course, his performance has people wondering if he should start Game 7 more than last night’s comments, but the comments only seemed to compound things.
Manuel said he isn’t sure what he’s going to do. He’s worried about Game 4 tonight because, hey, if they lost Game 4 their probably won’t be a Game 7.
Manuel said Chan Ho Park was unavailable in Game 3 because of the flu. He was uncertain about his status for Game 4.