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Keep The Change

Keep the Change: Tales from the Aisles

BeermanWell after seven days, six nights, three canceled flights and seven flight delays, The Beerman is back from Las Vegas.

My plane touched down just in time to watch last night’s debacle of a team effort by Cole Hamels and company. I, like you, can only shake my head in despair. What is wrong with the Phillies right now?

From the Road Warriors to the Bushwhackers

A few weeks back we joked that the Phillies were as dominant as the 1990s WWE tag team of Animal and Hawk, however lately the team’s play on the road has been pitiful. With the exception of Tuesday night, the losses on this road trip have been something to forget. Twice, the Phillies have gone late into the game without a sole hit, and four of the team’s five losses have been by five or more runs.

A win tonight can put the team at 4-5 on the nine-game swing; however, I highly doubt that I am the only one who wouldn’t think this trip was nearly as close as the record indicates.

Burning Cole

The job of an ace is to go out and get you a win the day after a loss – to stop the bleeding. When the Yankees were racking up World Series wins in the late 90s, nobody was better at getting a win after a loss than Andy Pettitte. However, during this road trip Cole Hamels has had that opportunity twice. To say he has dropped the ball would be an understatement. You can claim he was squeezed by the umpires, but excuses are like, well the word rhymes with cassmoles, we all have them, and they all stink.

Hamels line during the road trip: 8.2 IP, 13 H, 11 ER, 4 BB and 5K to go along with an 0-2 record.

In fact, in those 8.2 IP, Hamels has thrown 193 pitches. In his complete game shutout of the Dodgers on June 4, he threw 97 pitches. That start was also the only time he has gotten a win in his last six starts.

Jimmy Rollins

I really just don’t know what is wrong with the former MVP. Nothing makes sense. You just can’t forget how to hit, right?

During this upcoming home stand – a HUGE home stand might I add – I will be asking the fans two questions: What do they think is wrong with the Phillies shortstop; and how would they fix it? I will post some of the results in next week’s column.

The Beerman’s Pick of the Week

I’m not much of a shill, but when I find a product I love, I will share it with the readers. Having just bought the new iPhone, I was curious as to what the MLB.Com “At Bat” Application was really about. It seemed like every other inning Chris Wheeler was hawking this mini-commercial. I figured why not, and spent the $9.99 on the application.

Let me tell you, if you are a Phillies fan on the road away from the team, or even just a baseball fan, do yourself a favor and invest the ten dollars.

I was able to sit poolside on my vacation and listen to the Phillies radio feeds during the road-trip, a big treat considering a few of the games weren’t available at the sports books. (By the way, thank you J.A. Happ for Saturday’s shutout…a little +125 action, might I add.) The application puts up all the radio feeds for every game, both the home and away team, and also has one or two live TV feeds of a different game as well.

The best $9.99 a baseball fan can spend according to the guy who is selling $6.75 beers.

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  1. Dave M.

    July 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    We definitely should be seeing way better from our “Ace”, Hamels. Happ is doing great though and in my mind he’s the new ace of the team. This team needs to seriously get our crap in gear.

  2. Ryk

    July 2, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The only thing I can think of to help J-Roll is to start bunting for base hits. We all know that when he gets on base on a consistant basis, the Phillies win. He’s trying to do too much and looks like a little leaguer out there this year. He needs to start laying down the bunts. Not only will it get him on base from time to time, but the opposing defense will now have to be looking for it and play shallow. As long as he keeps the ball on the ground, he will get his share of hits. See Hayes, Willy Mays.

  3. Josh L

    July 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I’m with you on the MLB at bat app. I live in CA now so there’s virtually no Phillies coverage of any kind out here. At Bat is my life line at the moment.

  4. Mr. Porgy

    July 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I think the best answer to Jimmy Rollins’ problems is to fire the hitting coach. Charlie Manuel has said Rollins’ swing is longer than usual. Why isn’t this being addressed by the hitting coach? Hasn’t he noticed? If the swing is too long, it should have been corrected by now. Or maybe Jimmy is just uncoachable.

    Also, why hasn’t the hitting coach done something about the general impatience of other Phils’ batters?

    This has been an ongoing problem, and if it hasn’t been properly addressed after so many seasons, then the coach should be sent packing.

  5. Bonezy

    July 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I absolutely love the Iphone and that app. too bad i am in the “local” area 3 hours away or i would be able to watch the live feeds as well when they have them for the phills. My opion of the best app on the market today.

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