Hamels Is Looking Dominant

In a rotation that boasts Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels became a trendy National League Cy Young pick before the season started.

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.

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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.

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16 Comments

Also Hamels can hit! Loved the triple and also when Wheels didn’t think he could hit the relief pitcher’s 98 mph fast ball and he then hit a single.

While one month does not make or break a guy, 37, 38 or 39 years does. Ibanez has been tailing off since the second half of the ’09 season. The same can be said for other players such as Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter. In this non-steroid era it is what it is – age. Is Ibanez the 2011 version of the 2009 Pedro Martinez? Charlie, inquiring minds want to know.

pherris, I suggest you look up Ibanez’s numbers in the second half of 2010 before you discount his body of work post-2009. If he did that in the first half, like he did in 2009, he would have made the all-star team. The guy has always been a streak hitter and I’m pretty sure there will be a time this season when he will get hot. When? I have no idea, but it happens every single year, including 2010. You could look it up.

Why should I look it up when there are buzz kills such as yourself who live to do it? The best pitcher in baseball may very well be on the Phillies but it is not Halladay. As far as Ibanez is concerned, I am waiting with baited breath for his streak to begin. Conspicuous by there absence in your response is your retort to what I had to say about Howard and Fransisco. But, I know in your sabrematrican world .500 is g00d.

I find it interesting, Todd, that you are now promoting giving Raul more time to get on track when you have mentioned in previous posts that you don’t understand why John Mayberry, Jr. isn’t playing. So which is it? Are you advocating for Mayberry or Ibanez?

Advocating for more time for Mayberry isn’t the same as wanting to get Ibanez off the field. Mayberry is a young bench player and he can’t keep hitting this well if he’s not getting playing time. He could spell Ibanez, Francisco, or even Howard on rare occasions.

I don’t know if Charlie will ever spell Howard, but Mayberry should be in some type of rotation with Ibanez and Francisco, at least until Brown is available. He gets some good swings in against lefties and might be the best mistake hitter on the team. He loves him those hanging curves. :-)

Going back to the beloved ’93 Phils. They had a strict lefty/righty platoon in LF. Milt Thompson and Pete Incaviglia both had good seasons. I would very much like to see a similar platoon with Ibanez and Mayberry. It would give Mayberry the playing time he needs, while giving Ibanez more rest for his 39 year old body. Jim Eisenriech played so well in a similar platoon in RF with Wes Chamberlain, that people forgot that he was 38. I would also like to see a similar platoon with Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown. Francisco is playing very well in an everyday role, but Brown is up and coming. He needs to play. The platoon system isn’t popular, but with the right players it works very well. The 1993 Phils had the right players. So do the 2011 Phils.

Amy, I think Jeff answered your question perfectly. I think Mayberry deserves more playing time, but I don’t think there’s been enough time to say, “Bench Ibanez.” That’s what I’ve been hearing a lot lately. I like the idea of a platoon right now.

OK pherris. Don’t look it up. Stay stupid, Bozo.

That’s like telling the Pope to stay Catholic.

Really zach, I can’t help him. I am the farthest thing from a sabermetrician; I go to fangraphs and I feel like I’m reading hieroglyphics. But it’s not hard to find the facts about Raul being a stone streak hitter, since it goes back ten years. And anybody who doesn’t see the importance of numbers in baseball isn’t paying attention or is just plain clueless. In Bozo’s case, I’ll bet on the latter.

one month shouldnt make or break a guy, however, from the all star break last year till this year, ibanez has been meagerly productive…hes too old and he allows too many things to get into his head which hurts his production

steve, you would be wrong. Ibanez was one of the Phillies better hitters after the all-star break. .309 BA, .869 OPS with 44 RBI. I think we would all be happy with a repeat of that.

RAOOOOOOOL!

@phan52. Dude, don’t get me wrong. I agree with you about Raul being a streak hitter. In fact, it. Looks like he’s starting to heat up. My platoon suggestion is not a knock on him. He’s a great player, great hitter, great guy, but he’s still 39. Eventually age will win that battle. It always does. The time to reduce his playing time is before it happens. Plus,there’s no denying that Mayberry deserves playing time. Go Phils.

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