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Cole’s evil twin is wicked nasty

Whatever got slipped into Cole Hamels‘ (2-1, 2.92) gatorade after he lasted only 2.2 innings against the Mets in his 2011 debut giving up six runs needs to stay in his gatorade.

Hamels, pitching in his native San Diego, did not disappoint any friends or family members who made the drive to Petco Park to see his Phillies take on the Padres.  Hamels went eight innings allowed four hits and struck out eight batters.  Since his meltdown against the Mets, Hollywood has allowed only two runs in his last 22 innings.  His ERA dropped from 4.32 to 2.92 after today’s 2-0 win.

After the sixth inning Hamels had already thrown 100 pitches.  Nowadays when a pitcher hits triple digits everyone is calling for the bullpen.  Charlie Manuel didn’t.  He stuck with his lefty and it paid off.  Hamels was still crisp on his location and his fastball was topping out at 93 mph.  On his 124th pitch of the night he struck out Orlando Hudson looking.  Two pitches later, he was out of the eighth and on his way to his second victory of this young season.

Jose Contreras, who pitched the night before, got tonight off and Ryan Madson came in to convert the save opportunity.  It was Madson’s first save of the season after the 1-2-3 ninth inning.

It was the sixth time the Padres had been shutout this season.  They lead the league in that category.  For Phillies pitchers, this was the fifth shutout in 19 games.  Again, league leading.

While Hamels has really bounced back since the first week of the season and the bullpen is establishing themselves as a top tier relief core, the offense continues to struggle.  Luckily for the Phillies, the pitching has been able to step up and win some games.

Proving once again that a walk is as a good as hit tonight, Ryan Howard hit a two run triple that scored Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino.  Both runners were on base via the walk.  After Howard’s triple Ben Francisco swung at the first pitch and fouled out to first to end the inning.  Earlier that inning, Jimmy Rollins did the same thing after Padres starter Clayton Richard (1-1, 3.81) walked Polanco on four straight pitches.

A lineup that featured almost every hitter hitting above .300 has now seen only Victorino and Polanco manage to stay above that mark.  After an 0-4 day at the plate, Raul Ibanez has sunk the deepest to .197 for the season.  The Phillies are notorious for cold spells, especially early in the season, but how long can their pitching bail them out?

For the past few years, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has gone out at the trade deadline and grabbed a starting pitcher. Is this the year he looks for a bat to insert into the lineup.  I am not saying the Phillies can’t win with this lineup, because they are, but let’s just hope their bats heat up as the weather does.

Howard had two hits tonight as did Hamels, who was sporting some new fuzz on his usually clean shaven face.  So between that and the Padres booth upstairs calling Wilson Valdez ‘Winston’ and Rollins ‘Collins’ it was a strange yet exciting night to watch the Phillies.

Lost in the pitching gem from Hamels might be the play of Rollins in the field.  He made a couple good plays showing his range that a lot of people thought he would be missing this season.

All in all, another series win for the Phillies.  Your move Joe Blanton.

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  1. bacardipr05

    April 23, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Great performance by Cole this offense has to pick it up…the four aces cant possibly pitch shutouts all the time…if the the Phils brass is serious about winning it all something has to be done with Rauuul! seriously i rather have Cole batting than him…nothing against Raul but its not looking pretty for him

  2. Bart Shart

    April 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Stellar performance by Cole Hamels. He surely deserves lots of KUDOS. Our pitching is going to carry us far. Our offense just is not doing it. Thank goodness we don’t have the pathetic Padres offense. I hope the braintrust is making phone calls about getting a hitter. I hate to say it, but it appears Raul Ibanez is toast. Rollins is a poor excuse for a #3 hitter. Hopefully in May we will see Chase Utley, healthy and of Utley caliber.

    Overall, you gotta love this pitching staff …………and the Phils !!

  3. Brian Sr. of CO

    April 23, 2011 at 1:45 am

    What a poor performance by Cole. I dont understand why he can’t go out and throw a no-hitter. (Yes that was Sarcasm). This is the Cole we expected! And to think, some “analysts” do not believe Oswalt or Hamels are aces! LOL MORONS. Of course Oswalt and Hamels aren’t aces, just look at how they pitch, 1 bad game followed by several GREAT games. LOL.

  4. Brian Sr. of CO

    April 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

    This says it all from

    “The Phillies were held to four or fewer runs 12 consecutive games last season. They went 3-9 in that stretch. The Phillies have been held to four or fewer runs 11 consecutive games this season. They are 7-4.”

  5. Adrian M.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Hamels hasn’t allowed a run at Petco Park in 18 innings, dating back to 2008. He’s surrendered just five in five career starts there. You go, hometown boy!

  6. Thedipsy

    April 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Not to be a buzzkill, but Raul’s gotta sit down. Please put Mayberry out there, STAT!

    The Dipsy

  7. Lewisauce

    April 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Raul is toast. I think at this point you gotta go Mayberry against lefties, and maybe Gload against righties, and hope that maybe D Brown can contribute in the second half.

  8. betasigmadeltashag

    April 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Watching the first pitch even after a walk is not a bad approach, swinging at a bad first pitch is. For the most part a pitcher is going to go with his best pitch after giving up a walk usually a fastball, and he is going to try and get ahead of the hitter. Rollins smoked the first pitch, did it fall for ahit no, but it was a good pitch to hit, and he is batting third not lead off which is a different approach, I know walks has help win the last two games, but sometimes the first pitch is the best pitch to hit. On to Cole it seemed like he had a different pitch, I know it was probably just nasty movement on his change up, but it almost looked like what the SD anouncers were calling a curveball, almost look slider like. He was just flat out nasty, even after getting squeezed and disagreeing with calls he did not let it effect his next pitch. The Padres eventually will score a run, so the offense needs to score five or more runs today.

  9. Pat Gallen

    April 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Does anyone else feel like the strike zone has shrunk even more this year? There were a number of borderline calls that went against Hamels. I’d like to say it just a Philly thing, but this has to be happening all over baseball.

    • Lefty

      April 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Yes absolutely, I watch a number of games and the umpires must have collectively come to an “unannounced” decision prior to the season.
      Collusion ! Collusion I say!

      • Pat Gallen

        April 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

        Its really very noticeable and I see the pitchers attempting to bite their lip. I know in the 90’s they’d give you a few inches off the plate (sometimes more). It’s not the way anymore, but they barely give you the black on the outside.

        The umps seem to be missing more on breaking pitches as well. At the same time it’s hard to fault them for everything because they’re now scrutinized over every pitch.

  10. Dr. Dave

    April 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I have to agree with “The Dipsy!” Raul is killing this team. Mayberry needs to start in LF against LHP. It might be time to give Gload a start in LF vs RHP.

    We will not be able to trade Raul due to his age, contract, and performance. He needs to become a pinch hitting specialist (like Smokey Burgess or Vic Davalillo).

  11. Publius

    April 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Gotta say I *loving* this talk of how bad Raul is. If only some people had known how bad of a signing he would be, and how much his bat was slowing down at the time of the deal….

    There is absolutely no reason for Raul to play against left-handers, especially when Mayberry will have a greater role on the team once Raul’s awful, no-good contract is up.

    Shoulda signed Abreu.

    • betasigmadeltashag

      April 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      I am getting tiired of responding toyou negitive atitude, Abreu really the Phillies started winning after they traded his sorry ass away with his loser mentality. Rual does need a break against lefties I agree, but I would bet you right now unless he gets hurt Raul will hit .265-70 15 HRs and 60-75 RBI. He carried this team the first month and a half of 2009 and the second half of 2010 maybe not worth the contract, but there are far worse contracts out there, and he will hit for a month or two. Is all that worth 10 million maybe not, but I will take Raul and his contract over please do not throw me a strike in a pressure situation so I do not have to swing Abreu. And as foar as Gload playing the outfield, he makes Raul look like a gold glover

      • Publius

        April 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        I’m getting tired of you responding to me too, especially with that many glaring typos and whatnot. If you seriously believe that Abreu had a “losing attitude” that was holding the Phillies back, and that their current success is due to his absence, then I don’t really know what to say.

        Also, a “line” of .265, 15 homers, 60-75 RBIs (which he has little control over anyways) means squat, especially with his atrocious defense. Jonny Gomes put up a .265/.327/.431 line with 18 homers and 77 RBIs…yet because of his poor defense he still put up a -0.1 WAR, meaning that he was essentially replacement level. I would not be surprised to see Raul put up a similar “effort” this year even if he gets “hot”. Shelling out $12mil for replacement level production is terrible and just highlights how bad of a signing this was, and how much of a mirage Raul’s first half of 2009 was.

  12. Manny

    April 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This debate brings back memories of that “release Raul” movement early(ish) last season. Sure, he’s in a mighty terrible slump and looks very bad at the plate. But he’s a very streaky hitter, always has. He’s been hitting the ball well since the second half of last season, up until two weeks ago. I don’t believe that necessarily means that he’s done. Its not like he magically woke up one of these days with dramatically diminished skills because he’s a month older… Sit him occasionally, give him proper rest, but I think he’s capable to come back, get on a hot streak, and help this team offensively.

    • Lefty

      April 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      I have always been a Raul fan, I just like the guy’s style I guess. I said before ST that at his age to keep him healthy he should play in no more than 135-140 games, especially against lefty’s. I agree this slump will end, but we have to put winning first. His throws have also been weak and offline. He’s a classy guy, the kind you’d want on your team, but he’s got to perform to a higher level in all phases, and very soon.

      But he’s not the only one to shine the spotlight on, like others have said, the O has to pick up the pace collectively.

  13. LCMRSalazar85

    April 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The whole offense needs help. 2-0 win agains one of the worst teams in the league right now, and we can’t do more damage? Jimmy Rollins needs to get back to his old self, or maybe he needs to swap with Wilson Valdez, and Ben Francisco needs to sit down too. His spot in the line up is where we need the clutch hit, and we’re not getting it. Something needs to light a fire under this team offensively, or the remaining 5 months will prove interesting and not in a good way.

    • Pat Gallen

      April 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      I agree they should be doing more damage, but the Padres staff is nothing to sneeze at. They have some very good pitchers. Fact is, the Phils are putting people on base and not bringing them home.

  14. Thedipsy

    April 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    IF you believe that the staff is on such a run that no matter how bad the O is we are still gonna win if we score 4 runs, than this is a great time to try Mayberry out in LF. At the very least, he will be a tremendous defensive upgrade. If it turns out he just can’t handle it offensively, then oh well, we gave the guy his shot. The problem is that Raul is such a good guy that you hate to do it to him and fans factor that in. I don’t. That said, I can’t wait until Chuck gets here.

    The Dipsy

  15. TheDipsy

    April 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  16. Murt

    April 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Where’s the Saturday tailgate?

  17. Bart Shart

    April 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Lewisauce made me realize that Charlie has virtually made me forget about Gload, because he is used so infrequently. Gload right now is a better hitter that Ibanez. He may be just as good a fielder. Left field is where stud hitters play. That IS NOT Raul at this late stage of his career. Put Gload in against right handers and Mayberry against lefties. NOT DOING THIS IS CRAPPY MANAGEMENT.
    Sorry Charlie, it is the damned truth. I still love you but PLEASE wake up !!!! Ibanez is toast

  18. Pat Gallen

    April 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Unfortunately, unless the front office wakes up, they’re not going to throw Raul away and pay him $12.6 million, even if he is hurting the team. They’ll try and get every last drop out of him.

  19. Thedipsy

    April 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Pat – I disagree. This is the last year of his contract. It doesn’t matter anymore. We don’t have to worry about Ibanez and his future with the Phils. You’re gonna eat his contract anyway so you might as well put a player out there that is better suited to succeed. I could see if one were to try and build Raul’s trade value but thats not the case. That would be a reason to keep playing him. But, as it stands now, we might as well see what the future can be because Ibanez is not the future and he is failing in the present. There is every possibility that Mayberry can offer you more.

    The Dipsy

    • Pat Gallen

      April 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      I hope you’re right, they need to see what Mayberry can bring to the table and right now it doesn’t seem any worse than Ibanez. The potential is there for more, certainly. But I just have a hard time believing the team will cut him outright. He stays here the remainder of the season. They want return on investment with him. While they likely won’t get it, they’re probably praying.

      If they think Domonic Brown is ready to move up later this year, that could change, but that all depends on him.

  20. Thedipsy

    April 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    @Pat. I don’t want them to cut him. Just to sit him on the bench. It looks like Brown will be coming up soon and, the way its going, you could see LF – BenFran RF – Brown. Then you have to send Mayberry down again. Or cut Raul. Or keep both and carry one less pitcher. There could be worse problems to have.

    The Dipsy

  21. tavian

    April 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Raul is not earning his $12.6 million. A nice vacation for a week may help him considerably. Let’s get real. All players get old, even good guys like Raul Ibanez. Give him a breather for a week, at least a week. If the front office is standing on this ridiculous principle of play those you pay the most, then they are flat out incompetent. With that kind of pay, you either put up or sit down. period. THE DIPSY makes an excellent point about playing Mayberry now.

    Regarding Pat Gallen’s shirinking strike zone comment. I must say that I agree fully. Several pitches from Hamels last night were strikes — pitchers strikes and damned good pitches. But the were called “balls”. Maybe Blanton will get some love tonight, what with him being the ugly stepchild of this rotation and all.

  22. betasigmadeltashag

    April 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    At least the small strike zone was consistant, Clayton also had borderline pitches called balls. The small strike zone really does not bother me that much. The floating strike zone from batter to batter pitcher to pitcher is more a concern. Plus the way this team likes to swing the bat a bigger strike zone would help them. Most teams the small zone helps the hitters. my two cents on Raul, I would not advocate a stratight platoon, but it seems to me in the middle of the season last year Charlie was sitting him against lefties when he was struggling and it help him, then toward the end of the year he played all the time was a pretty good hitter. So I think he should sit down against the next few lefties, and I would hit Mayberry 5th Ben Fran 6th Ruiz and Valdez. And I said it yestarday, I think against Right handed pitchers Raul should bat 3rd, he has a great avg batting third, IMO because it is easier to predict pitches you will get depending on the situarion

  23. JakeyJ

    April 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I like TheDipsy’s idea about giving Mayberry a stretch in the outfield to see what he does with regular plate appearances. When Brown is back, I’d even like to see a Mayberry,Victorino and Brown experiment for a stretch which could be a potentially great defensive and offensive powerhouse outfield if they respond to the opportunity. The Phils have the rotation that will keep them in games most of the time now and can try a little experimenting.

  24. bacardipr05

    April 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I say give Olbanez another week or two to see if he snaps out of his funk. He is aging faster than an ’86 Hyundai. His trade value is non-existent basically. While Mayberry might not be the answer i think he might do better than Ibanez.. Right now an he isnt the only one he is hurting this team. We luv Rauuul but the fact remains the same. I know its early in the season but i think the Phils might have to go out an get someone at some point in the season.

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