Posted by phillies09 on 8th August 2009
Phillies vs. Marlins
7:05 p.m. EST at Citizens Bank Park
Tonight is a very important night for Cole Hamels. It’s not the World Series. It’s not the playoffs. There aren’t even playoff implications on the line. However in this regular season, average NL East game, all eyes are on Cole. You see with the recent offensive funk, acquisition of Cliff Lee, and his general mediocre performance, the faithful are beginning to grow restless.
No matter what the outcome of the game, or the loudness of the boos, we won’t see a change in Cole. In the event of a bad performance there will be no tirade on Best Damn Sports Show, because quite frankly he’s too smart for that. But it’s the part of Cole that we can’t see that should worry us the most. It’s the young pitcher we forced into greatness, who delivered what we wanted, that is now playing second fiddle.
Of course he said that he was thrilled about the addition of Cliff Lee to the team. Leaders will never show frustration. His quote was somewhere along the lines of two aces is better than one. What he’s failing to realize however is that just because you pitch in the number one spot, doesn’t mean you’re an “ace.” Ask any Mets fan and you will find that the only time you can use “Hamels” and “ace” in the same sentence is when “ace” is describing Santana in a pitching matchup. (Then again it doesn’t get more bias than that)
So this is your chance Cole. Shut me up. Shut everyone up. Stop the bleeding, turn yourself around, and lead this team to an easy playoff birth.
The Phils will look to rebound from a game they for the most part deserved to lose last night, today against Marlin’s pitcher Sean West. The right hander should give them a good chance to do so as he’s young (23) and like a lot of Marlin’s pitchers lacks experience. The 6 foot 8 rookie has been in and out of the teams farm system this year and has pulled together a 3-4 record. His last outing against Arizona ended rather quickly after giving up 5 earned through only 4 2/3. West looked good early in the season but the luster has since worn off.
If you don’t remember Hamels’ last outing maybe this will help. Barry Zito. Yes, it was Barry Zito who out dueled him both on the mound and with the bat, as his broken bat two out single kept the inning alive and eventually broke open the game. 10 hits, 6 earned, 2 strikeouts. It’s a game we’re going to forget.
Today’s player to watch – Who else? Cole Hamels. Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu have a combined 9 hits and 5 homers off of Hamels.
Fun Phact – In giving up a walk off grand slam last night, K-Rod blew back-to-back saves for the first time in his MLB career.