Hamels Struggles with Command
Far from perfect, but far from troubling.
He allowed five hits and two earned runs in five innings. He struck out five, but walked four. He threw 103 pitches, just 63 for strikes.
He simply couldn’t throw much of anything for strikes.
Hamels walked four or more batters four times during his rookie season in 2006, including his first two starts in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. He walked four or more batters just three times from 2007-09. So Hamels’ command issues are not typical.
Assuming he improves his command in his next start — the Phillies’ home opener Monday against the Nationals — one would expect improvement.
Looking forward to seeing what Kyle Kendrick can do this evening.
Nelson Figueroa is expected to join the team today. He took a redeye from Arizona to DC.
Today’s pollen count in DC: CRIPPLING.