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Hamels Wins Sixth In A Row

Cole Hamels strikes out nine and wins his sixth straight game.

The Phillies aren’t the greatest during inter league play.  Heck, the National League has always been looked at as the inferior league.  The Red Sox came into town in sort of the same boat as the Phillies.  They are a team with a lot of talent that has seen injuries plague the early start of this season.

Anyways, we have Cole Hamels.  Hamels won his sixth game in a row.  This is the first time in his career he has done that.  The Phillies put him out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and although the Red Sox battled back, Jonathan Papelbon saved his 12th game in as many chances for a 6-4 Phillies win.

Ace in the bucket – There is no need to tell Cole what he is pitching for this season.  Hamels is a free agent when this season is over and he is showing the Phillies front office why they should keep him around.  The lefty struck out nine batters in seven innings.  He gave up three earned runs, which included two solo home runs.

Patience is a virtue – Three out of the first four hitters for the Phillies drew walks in the first inning.  They would eventually go on to score four runs in the inning with only gathering one hit.  The Phillies drew six walks in the game.  Jimmy Rollins now has six walks in his last five games.  Before that he only had seven all season.

Choochtastic – Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-3 tonight and continues to ‘impress’ everyone.  Ruiz has always been known as the catcher behind Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.  This season he is showing off his bat in the first 40 games of the season.  Chooch has 14 hits and 10 RBIs in his last eight games and leads all catchers in batting average, hits and home runs.

Launching pad – There were five home runs hit in tonight’s game.  I won’t even touch on the Boston bombs but Freddy Galvis and Hunter Pence took Red Sox pitching deep.  It was Glavis’ second homer of the season and Pence’s 5th inning shot put him in double digits for the season.

Keep it going – The Phillies won their sixth game in a row and have now won eight of their last nine since being swept by the Mets.  Like I said, Papelbon saved his 12th game of the season against his former team.  The Phillies will send Joe Blanton to the hill tomorrow to take on Jon Lester.

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  1. Ryne Duren

    May 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm


  2. Lefty

    May 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Just a fantastic ballgame. Freddy Galvis is heading in the right direction with the bat his last 7-10 games. Pence for all his faults, is still trending toward 40 bombs and 112 RBI at the quarter pole.

    They could use more than 6 hits, but it’s hard to find fault with this game tonight.

  3. Chris

    May 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Chooch is just coming through in every clutch situation this year. His calendar must say October. I mean the guy should be getting MVP consideration not just an all star game bid.

  4. bacardipr05

    May 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    My only complaint is that J-Roll and Shane have to pick it up. Chooch cant continue to hit .400 all season long. Pence is showing sings of life but its too soon to tell with him yet.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

    When Utley comes back you sit Galvis?

    You have to. You just signed Jimmy for 3 more years. (insert gag icon)
    with his 6 RBI in 177 plate appearneces mainly in the 3 hole.

    Then you have Galvis with 16 RBI with 128 plate appearences hitting 8th.

    If I live to be a million I will never understand why he wasnt simply allowed to walk away.

    One of my biggest fears was this team started clicking or got some chemistry going and some of the old prima donnas come back to blow it.

    Galvis and Chooch.
    Underpaid non prima donnas trying their asses off.
    Whod have thunk it?

    Dont worry the big boys will be back soon to rejoin J Roll and you guys can be happy.
    And the good times will roll.

    • Ken Bland

      May 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

      You know, these things have a way of working out. Jimmy seems to be very healthy year to date. That doesn’t match his history. It’s an unpredictable thing, but depth is good.

      Galvis comes across as very level headed. This probably wouldn’t have been a big factor, but while there’s been pressure on him to fill in for Chase, had he been saddled with the assignment of replacing a vanished Jimmy, that’s a lot of pressure, and maybe he’s playing less effectively.

      Maybe we’ll see some open competition for the SS job next spring. Even that seems a little liberal for the Phils, but if Galvis keeps rolling, and gets as far as to force their hand, it’s a helluva job by the young man.

    • EricL

      May 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Jeez, RBI have very little to do with the actual hitter. Repeat after me: RBI IS A TEAM STAT!

      Freddy’s average is merely .006 higher than Jimmy’s average. The difference in RBI totals is entirely due to Jimmy generally coming to the plate with nobody on base while Galvis is coming to the plate with Carlos Ruiz on base nearly every time. Galvis is not as good an offensive player as Rollins

      Come back to this discussion when both guys have like 400 AB. You’ll almost undoubtedly see that Rollins has better numbers than Galvis, and it likely won’t even be that close.

  6. bacardipr05

    May 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Andrew what i do worry about if and when Utley/Howard will come back both will be rusty. Both of these players would need at least a 80-90 AB’s before getting into the swing of things. Therefore theres a possibility of the team stalling some espeically if J-Roll and Shane dont pick up the pace. I do think RAJ seriously considered letting Jimmy walk. He just didnt have any suitable options. Reyes was too expensive and most people didnt see him fitting in with this club. Furcal is even more injury prone than Rollins and possibly Polanco. Then you have Galvis who 2 years ago could barely hit AA pitching. To cut it short one can only hope that J-Roll at least gives us a .260 BA. However he has been looking dreadful and one starts to wonder. I still think we can 2 good more years out of Jimmy.

  7. Ian Riccaboni

    May 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Andrew, I think you bring up a great point. I think they’ll find Galvis playing time at 2nd, SS, and 3rd once all the pieces are back together. He’s played too well to send him down now.

  8. TheDipsy

    May 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Firstly, not to be maudlin or corny BUT hats off to the Kerry Wood, who may have had the greatest stuff EVER before he blew his arm out. I think it was God’s way of saying “you just can’t pitch like that, son”. Happy trails.

    To echo AFW….an average or poor team that hits a hot streak can be a dangerous thing. If you believe that the Phils need to be retooled, then this hot streak just serves to delay what inevitably should happen – a retooling of the offense. The ole “suspension of disbelief”, if you will. IF you think this O is good and is only now starting to come around, then you expected this and you are happy.

    Last night I saw the Phils making Bard use up is arm by taking pitches. If thats the way they will approach the offensive game play night in and night out, I’m gonna feel a lot better. Go Phils!

    The Dipsy

    • EricL

      May 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      While I VERY highly doubt he had the best stuff ever, it wasn’t God ruining his body, it was his High School coach and Dusty Baker.

      He once threw 146 pitches in the first game of a double header in high school. Then he started the second game. And he had done that regularly. When he was 18 and younger. That’s just abuse

      And it didn’t help that when he got to the big leagues he ran into perhaps the worst manager at keeping young arms under wraps. He routinely let Wood throw in excess of 120 pitches, which is something you limit on young players. He almost undoubtedly shortened the career of Kerry Wood and derailed that of Mark Prior.

      That being said, throwing a baseball as hard as he did puts enormous strains on body parts which are often not able to withstand it. Joel Zumaya is an example. It takes a freak of nature to be able to throw a baseball nearly 100 miles per hour, and it takes another freak of nature (like Verlander, for example) to have a body that doesn’t break down while doing so. Basically you need a few standard deviations above average athletic ability coupled with a few standard deviations above physical durability. Those guys are just exceedingly rare, so young power arms really need to be treated with kid gloves. Dusty Baker (and Wood’s HS coach) apparently don’t own a pair of kid gloves, and that’s a shame.

      • George

        May 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        I agree 99.9%. My only beef is that Prior, although not helped any by Dusty Baker, mainly ruined his shoulder in a collision with the Braves second baseman. It didn’t show right away, so naturally he was still being used and doing yet more damage to it.

        Verlander is still young and could still wreck his arm. The true freaks are those guys like Nolan Ryan, who was still a power pitcher into his mid forties, or any of those other pitchers who lasted forever when teams were using four man rotations. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of abuse Walter Johnson’s arm must have withstood in his 400+ wins.

      • EricL

        May 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        Yeah, I think both contributed to Prior’s issues. In September of 2003, and after returning from the injury due to the collision with Giles, Prior pitched in 6 games. His pitch counts were: 131, 129, 109, 124, 131, 133. Then, in October, Prior threw another 3 games, 23.1 innings with pitch counts of 133, 116, and 119.

        For a 22 year old kid, a couple months removed from an injury, and in his second big league season, and pitching far more innings than he ever had in any single season, that’s really irresponsible. He went from pitching 167 innings (minors + MLB) in 2002 to 234 innings in ’03.

        While Ryan was a one-in-a-lifetime kind of pitcher, Walter Johnson, well…I don’t know. I’m sure he was probably in the 99th percentile of baseball athletes for his day, but it’s hard to make comparisons going that far back, because the guys he played against were nothing. Even the worst major league teams today would absolutely trounce the 1927 Yankees, for example. I’m sure he threw very hard, for very long, over a lot of innings, and considering what the average person could do at the time, he was probably what they would consider a freak of nature, but if you’re also using modern day comparisons it gets difficult to compare. If you put Joe Blanton on the 1910 Washington Senators, he probably doesn’t start as many games but posts far better numbers than Johnson did. The average player of that era was just monstrously untalented compared to the average player of today.

    • George

      May 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Wait a minute. You say it’s hard to make comparisons that far back, and yet you categorically state that the worst teams today would “absolutely trounce the 1927 Yankees.”
      Sounds like a contradiction to me, as does the part about Joe Blanton putting up better numbers than the Big Train. If comparisons are that hard, how can you be so cocksure?

      And my point isn’t about relative skills of different eras, it’s that Johnson was a rarity no matter when he pitched. From first hand accounts, he probably threw in the nineties. He was that much faster than anyone else around. (I think it was Ruth who, when facing Johnson, turned to the ump and complained, “That sounded high.”) Winning like he did pitching on every fourth day rather than every fifth is not the norm.

  9. George

    May 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    People worry too much about Rollins and Victorino–two historically streaky players. They will pick it up. Rollins is already doing better because he’s getting on base with walks.

    Those who complain that Rollins doesn’t have as many RBIs as Galvis also need to lighten up. Rollins is a leadoff hitter, and leadoff hitters don’t get very many RBI opportunities because when they’re not leading off, it’s the seventh, eighth, and ninth hitters who are usually preceding them. Mayberry and Galvis haven’t been on base often, and the pitcher rarely is. Who’s he supposed to drive in? If he had had Ruiz batting ahead of him, as Galvis has, maybe he’d have more RBIs.

    This “hot streak” is not a dangerous thing; it will keep the team a little closer until Howard and Utley return. The front office will tweak as needed. That’s retooling; anything more drastic (like trading Hamels) would be rebuilding. That can wait until the offseason, when some contracts will be off the books anyway, and more prospects might be ready.

    • Brooks

      May 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      George – are you watching the same Phils team? Rollins hitting is a sure indication this team is playing healthy – by that I mean winning. Victorino has pretty much been a steady .280 – 290 hitter all his career. I would not call Vic streaky at all and once these 2 start in their stride things will be better offensively.

  10. Lefty

    May 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    If they don’t move Rollins to third next season to make room for Freddy, they’d be foolish. That would save them from a tenuous L.T. threshold problem, replacing Polly’s 6m with a player already on the books, and also keep Freddy’s excellent defense and improving offense on the field. I know that it would be nice to get a prototype power hitting third baseman, but that’s going to have to wait a year or until other contracts to fall off and threshold goes up if you want to keep either of our current two FA’s.

    If JRoll doesn’t like it, well life sucks with the sacrifices you have to make to earn 11 f”n million a year.

    • George

      May 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      “If Rollins doesn’t like it…” Amateur psychology.

      He’s played SS his entire career, and might not even make a decent third baseman. I don’t think he should even be asked, and it has nothing to do with his attitude as some fan perceives it. It’s a matter of trying to get an older player to suddenly change. If he were as young as Hanley Ramirez or ARod when they were asked to move, then I’d consider it. But at Rollins’ age, you might just end up with a mediocre third baseman, and if so many people think his hitting stinks, you’d get no improvement there, either. If anyone now on the Phils should be tried at third, it should be Galvis. He’s still young enough to maybe do it.

      • EricL

        May 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        Yeah, while they can ask, they certainly cannot demand that he move there without the potential of stirring up some serious resentment in the locker room. And considering that Rollins is one of the vocal leaders of the team, and the elder statesman in the city, you can’t just say, “Shut up and play 3B”

        I mean, it’s easy to say and do when you’re playing Nintendo or whatever, but those electron-guys don’t have feelings and emotions that influence how they play.

        Beside, Jimmy’s still playing a very good SS. Moving him to third would be a waste of his defensive ability.

  11. TheDipsy

    May 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Exactly. Jimmy can sell hot dogs for all I care. Get him the hell out of the leadoff spot, too. Lefty, the only problem I have with moving JRo to third is that it gives you a third baseman that can’t it. And a SS that can’t hit. I guess you are counting on Utley being our 2B next year, eh?

    The Dipsy

    • Lefty

      May 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Jimmy would be good at hot dogs. I can see him at the end of an aisle, bun in one hand while fishing in the steam box for a dog. Suddenly the bun “pops up” right out of his hand, while he deftly leans over two rows, catches it and scoops the dog into it right in time.

  12. bryan

    May 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    There is no reason not to bench J Stroll. Galvis has been just as solid defensively and has a hotter bat with better contact. My working theory is rollins became pissed during the off season thinking he was worth at least 70mm for 4-5 seasons and got half what he wanted. The result is him just not trying, acting petulant etc. Bench him. Hell, maybe he’d be a good utility man with off the bench pop late in games.

    • EricL

      May 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Wow. Maybe come back to earth sometime, then we’ll talk baseball.

    • George

      May 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Yep, move Galvis to short, and play Mr. NoRange Wigginton at second, or maybe use the marginal bat of Pete Orr. Or how about the highly experienced Luna? He’s so good he hasn’t been on base since his one homer.

      These are BENCH GUYS people. Even if Rollins had an entire bad career, instead of a bad streak early on, he’d still be more qualified to play every day than those other guys.

  13. Lefty

    May 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Dipsy, That’s a legit concern. The L.T. is the issue. IMO- They must make a decision to go over (and keep their fan base intact until the new TV deal comes), or not to.

    And yes, that circumstance would ONLY work if Utley can return to more than half the player he once was. I have my doubts, but am trying to keep positive. I agree with you that hope is not be a strategy, but for fans, it’s all we’ve got.

  14. bacardipr05

    May 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Yeah i worry about having a light hitting Galvis at SS, and another aging light hitting former SS at 3rd. Add to that a possibly hobbled Utley at 2B. Im not sure who will take Pollys place though. My theory is that they will use Galvis as a Utility man for next year as well, until he gets more AB and MLB experience under his belt.

  15. TheDipsy

    May 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The way its going, I might take Polanco on a one year next year. What the hell…he’s solid.

    The Dipsy

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  17. new to the board

    May 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    utley will not be back. groundballs give me a break. man up boy and play. you piece of tushi

    • George

      May 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      A true Utley hater. I didn’t know they existed.

      Have you ever taken ground balls with two bad knees? Come back when you have.

    • EricL

      May 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I see you’re new to the board.

      Let’s hope your stay is brief.

  18. branderson925

    May 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This is exactly what I was talking about yesterday when I related the win streak to increased walks. I mean it’s not the be all end all stat to point to but it sure has helped. Keep up the patience!

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