Hamels Is Looking Dominant
He’s looked Cy Young worthy in his last five starts.
Following his horrendous first start, Hamels is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA. In 38 inings, he has allowed 24 hits, six runs and eight walks. He has struck out 37. Opponents have hit just .182 against him. Pretty impressive, which makes Josh Johnson‘s season even more impressive. Johnson is 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his first six starts this season.
But from May 5, 2010 through last night — a stretch of 34 starts — Hamels is 14-10 with a 2.68 ERA. In 218 2/3 innings, he has allowed 181 hits, 65 earned runs and 61 walks. He has struck out 215, and batters have hit just .226 against him.
If the Phillies provided him more run support he would have won 20 (or close to 20) games in that stretch. And if I’m a hitter, the pitcher I’d least like to face in this rotatoin following Halladay is Hamels, no question about it. He’s been that good.
Raul Ibanez went 35 at-bats without a hit before hitting a ground-rule double last night. You could see the look of relief on his face as he stood on second base. I mentioned this the other day, but it’s worth repeating: while most people are begging for Domonic Brown or John Mayberry Jr., the Phillies need to give Ibanez more time to get on track. One month shouldn’t make or break a guy.