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Hamels Cruises To 10th Win

Cole Hamels pitched eight innings, picked up his 10th win.

The Phillies started out their 10 game home stand the right way defeating the Colorado Rockies 7-2.  Cole Hamels looked fantastic on the mound tonight going eight innings while only allowing two runs and six hits.  Hamels also had seven strikeouts, which puts him one away from 100.

Hollywood Hamels Spotlight –

This is the 10th victory of the year for Hamels.  The Phillies only have 32 wins as a team so you can see how important it is for the front office to make every effort to resign him.  It looked like Hamels was done after pitching the seventh, but Charlie Manuel brought him out to lead off the bottom half of the inning and he lined a ball into left.

Three batters later, Hamels read a grounder off the bat of Hunter Pence to score from third.  Hamels threw 113 pitches and did issue three walks.  He joins Lance Lynn and RA Dickey as the only pitchers in the Majors with double digit wins.

Hamels struck out five batters in a row at one point and 13 straight overall.

Getting on base –

Jimmy Rollins was on base four times tonight; two via hits and two walks.  Rollins average is up to .261 and he is looking like the JRoll of old.  At the plate tonight, Rollins average around 3.5 pitches per at bat.  The at bats he did swing early in, he got hits.  He is taking is time and appears to be picking his pitches.  Getting Rollins on base early and often is going to a big key to the success of the Phillies as they turn this season around.  Yes, I think they can.

Mayberry booming –

In the beginning of the season, John Mayberry Jr. was having his issues at the plate so a lot of the left field time was given to Juan Pierre.  It finally appears now that Mayberry is making the necessary adjustments at the plate to produce.  In his last five games, Mayberry is hitting .381 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.  One of those home runs came tonight in the fourth inning with a man aboard.  He has now homered in three straight games.

Vote for Chooch –

Carlos Ruiz is currently third in voting for this years All Star game in Kansas City.  He is trailing the Giants’ Buster Posey and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.  Even though he is behind, Ruiz is making it hard to ignore him this season.  After a 2-for-4 performance tonight, with his ninth home run, Chooch is batting .358 with 38 RBIs and has already tied his career high in home runs.  Go online, get on your phones and vote for Chooch!

Defense, defense –

I won’t go into it too much, but the defense looked good out there tonight.  Shane Victorino had another outfield assist tonight, Jimmy Rollins made some good plays at short and Ty Wigginton at first scooped some throws in the dirt.  Wiggy has also looked real good positioning himself on the base for different angled throws.  Ruiz threw a ball from the back stop tonight on a dropped third strike that took Wigginton across the bag and he moved effortlessly.  This is the kind of stuff that wins ballgames; the little things.

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  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    winner winner chicken dinner.

    Just how bad are some of these teams?
    The Rockies are going to a 4 man (skell) rotation with a 75 pitch limit on the starters.

    It is safe to say that the Phillies are not the worst team in the league.

    “And that’s the way it is.”
    June 19th 2012

  2. Manny

    June 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    A very good game for our Phils. Pitching, offense, and defense in sync. Hopefully it’ll carry over during the rest of this homestand.

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    It should at least for the next 2 games.
    Actually schedule is very easy. Up until the all star and then there is a series with the Rockies immediately after the all star game.

    Then the carnege will come. Because believe it or not the Phils have played a tremendously easy schedule so far and that will continue for another month.
    Not a pretty picture.

  4. artemis

    June 20, 2012 at 4:24 am

    There is a glimmer of hope for this old Phillies phan. I think the players are going to seriously play good baseball starting this game. Why? since these ten games at home determine whether they will be sold off/traded or not. If they want to stay in Philly, they had better play well, ergo we win today and most of the next games hopefully will be good. (Crossing fingers).

  5. Chuck A.

    June 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Trade Vic, clearing salary to sign Cole. Put JMJ in center for the rest of the year.

    • Lefty

      June 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

      I have a lot of confidence in JMJ on offense and defense. L.A. mentioned last night that in his recent run of good hitting, he thought he wasn’t crouching quite as much at the plate. I can’t tell, but whatever he is doing is working. And he’s one of the few OF’s we have that doesn’t make an adventure out of every ball hit near him. He reads them, glides to get under them, and makes the catch.

      More JMJ= more wins.

      • brooks

        June 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

        I just don’t have that cozy yet Lefty.
        The best he has shown (last season) was more promise of good things to come and yet other than this recent offensive burst – not much going on.
        Not crazy comfortable, not yet.
        Even if Junior levels out to a 20-25 hr pace, .265-275 average, I probably would more consider him as a fixture in RF – I am getting fed up with the Pence shenanigans. These ground ball singles will soon miss the hole, the opposing teams will figure out where to play him and he will be a .230 hitter.
        Pierre RF, Vic CF, Jr LF?

      • schmenkman

        June 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

        There goes the pendulum to the other extreme. Pence has not been unusually lucky this year, and while he is hitting slightly more ground balls, he is NOT hitting any more singles than he always was. He is no superstar, but he will also not be a .230 hitter in the foreseeable future.

        It is encouraging to see JMJ swing the bat well — Phillies’ best hitter in their last 10 games. They’ve been seeing lots of lefties, which helps him. Until he shows he can hit the 3/4 of the pitches who are righties, though, I wouldn’t want to give him a full-time job.

      • Lefty

        June 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

        JMJ’s splits are clear, but his career splits aren’t nearly as bad as this years. He still has a .737 OPS v righty starters, career. Maybe his new stance ( if LA is right ) is allowing him to see the ball better and may enhance or at least normalize his splits.

        Juan Pierre’s splits show very little difference, but his career OPS is only .709, while JMJ is nearly .800 (in a much smaller sample of course, but it’s all I have)

        I guess I just prefer JMJ’s potential pop over what Pierre brings, and don’t get me wrong, Pierre has kept a lot of innings going this season. I think he can contribute from the bench or starting, but I’d put JMJ at first when he does instead of Hands of Stone.

      • schmenkman

        June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Like all of JMJ’s stats, they can be split between the 170+ at bats in the second half of 2011, and everything else.

        He hit everyone in Jul-Sep last year, and if he could show that wasn’t a fluke, it would be one thing.

        Also, the LH Starter/RH Starter splits are not as accurate because all at bats in a game starter by a RHP, whether they are against a LH or RH pitcher, or categorized as being vs. a “RH Starter”. The LHP/RHP splits don’t have this flaw, and there the split is .694 vs. RHP, .914 vs. LHP for his career (both numbers much higher in the 2nd half of 2011, and much lower in 2009 and 2012).

      • schmenkman

        June 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Just one other thing on Mayberry. As of today, his overall career OPS is a respectable .793, .694 vs. RHPs, and .914 vs. LHPs.

        But if you were to put the weight on his splts that they would have if he played full-time (i.e. 75% vs. RHPs, 25% vs. RHPs), the .793 would drop to .739.

        This would still be passable (the average OPS for NL outfielders this year is .763, and .730 for center fielders), but assumes that he can hit like he did in the second half of 2011 about 1/3 of the time.

      • Lefty

        June 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Schmenk, You have demonstrated clearly that JMJ historically does not hit as well against righties.

        However I still think more JMJ when he is hot = more wins.
        The last 10 games have not been good for the Phillies at 4 and 6.

        In the last 10 games JMJ has started 6. Team record in games he started is 4-2
        Team record in games started by Juan Pierre is 0-4

        Even in the 2 losses Mayberry homered (both off lefties, I admit)

        In the 4 wins, he got hits off of righties, Arrieta, Manship (2),and last night Ottavino. One of the hits off Manship was a 3 run HR.

        Get cozy Brooks, JMJ when hot is a guy you gotta ride.

      • Lefty

        June 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Oops, forgot one thing, the wins in starts is why I used the “against starter” splits instead of the RHP-RHP. I agree it’s more realistic, but I was trying to dig a little deeper, your way is better.

      • schmenkman

        June 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        I have to say, W-L record when player X is in the lineup is officially the worst stat ever invented.

        However I certainly agree that you ride JMJ while he’s hot.

  6. Lefty

    June 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Chooch being third on the All Star ballot is a travesty. We have the 5th highest population in the nation (2010 Census). San Fran is 13th, St Louis is 58th!

    We should be able to vote our guy into the starting lineup. Let’s go people, get on the MLB site and vote the fully allowed 25 times. He works his a$$ off for us every time out, plays through pain, calls great games, and leads all MLB catchers this year in hitting, and slugging by a significant margin.

    It’s not too late. Take 5-10minutes of your day, and let’s get this done.

    • Chuck A.

      June 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

      Yeah, this is a joke.

    • Tom

      June 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Agreed Chooch should be the starter…I voted my 25x’s and also used my pop’s info to vote another 25x’s. The problem is that people in other cities, especially American League cities, don’t know about him! They know about Posey because of what happened to him last year and because of Molina because the Cards were champs last year and are getting more than normal national exposure this year. (They usually get a lot anyway!) If he doesn’t win the vote, he should be selected as a backup…CHOOOOOOOOOOCH!!

  7. TheDipsy

    June 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Geez Chuck. A bold call for trading a Phillies mainstay by you. I don’t have a problem with it. Can he get you a good prospect?

    The Dipsy

  8. Chuck A.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I would think that Shane could net a good prospect or two, no? IF….and it’s a big one, I suppose, JMJ CAN play everyday (and I get the argument as to why not) then it’s really almost a no-brainer. Shane’s gonna cost too much, he’s getting older and getting him off the books clears salary to sign Cole. But maybe they have their sights on Bourn which would totally kill that idea.

    • Lefty

      June 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I’d rather get prospects than Bourn, just my gut feeling. We still think of him as young, but he’ll be 30 next year too.

      • Chuck A.

        June 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

        I would too at this point.

  9. Jeff

    June 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Lefty chill he works his a s s off for us. Maybe you. It’s a game. He is
    Not saving lives or teaching our kids. He plays a kids game
    And makes a lot of money. Chill

    • Lefty

      June 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

      What’s up jeff? It’s okay I’m chill. I know that you know- there are some “prima donna” athletes these days, I just appreciate how hard that man works for the fans that pay his salary and think he deserves an AS start for it, that’s all.

      How’s it going, How old is Chase now? Can you play catch with him yet, or not old enough?

  10. TheDipsy

    June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I would love Bourn on a three year deal.

    The Dipsy

    • Lefty

      June 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Would you keep Victorino if he’d take a two year (w/ option) deal? I think I might.

      Not that anyone lets me decide!

  11. TheDipsy

    June 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    If we could let Pence go and move Vic back to right and put Bourn in center?

    The Dipsy

    • brooks

      June 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I like that idea!

  12. betasigmadeltashag

    June 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Like I mentioned the other day in another thread when this team plays with their collective heads in the game they are good to win a lot of games, defense is the key. JRoll looked really good at the plate running the bases and fielding. The base running was good also, Cole reading that ground ball correctly and scoring, Jimmy scoring from first on Poly’s double, all things this team used to do on a consistant basis, except for this year. Also do not be shocked if over the All Star break RAJ makes a big announcement and that announcment Signing King Cole.

  13. Chuck A.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Well ONE of either Pence or Vic will be here next year….and my bet is on Pence.

  14. bacardipr05

    June 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Well Beta that is true, unfortunately that hasnt been the case much this year. You can also say if everyone is hitting up/play to the career norms we would win more games.

  15. Chuck A.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I just want to say that it’s hot as balls outside.

  16. bacardipr05

    June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Yep Shemenkman pitching as well…Chuck its Swampy hot outisde…. http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/

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