Posted by phillies09 on 23rd September 2009
Phillies vs. Marlins
7:10 PM at Land Shark Stadium
Cole Hamels is pitching his best baseball of the year. Allowing only one run in each of his past two starts, Cole has accredited his second half push to, “finally acquire[d] the necessary arm strength.” As the days until a Phillies playoff berth begin to diminish, there is no better time that the Phillies would want the ace to peak.
Looking to burst his bubble tonight will be Marlins pitcher Rick VandenHurk (2-2, 4.24 ERA). The righty hasn’t pitched too bad this season, although he definitely allows an opportunity for runs to be scored with a healthy diet of walks and a 1.37 WHIP. VandenHurk has only averaged about five innings a game in nine starts this season, meaning that the Phillies will probably see a nice portion of Marlins relievers.
If Cole can continue to pitch well to finish the season, including tonight, the issue of the playoff rotation could become even more intriguing. Not only will the tail end be up for discussion(4 or 5 starters, Pedro/Jamie/Happ), but now the 1-2 will be interesting. Will Charlie stick with last years man and set up an easier matchup for Lee in a #2 spot? Or will the Cy Young stud be the man to take the mound to open the playoffs.
Only one things for sure, and that’s that I really need to knock on wood until we clinch.
Fun Phact - VandenHurk is from Holland!