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Offense Fails Hamels Again as Phils Fall to Fish

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

The Marlins now have 13 wins on the season.  Four have come against the Phillies.  After showing signs of life against some of baseball’s best teams in recent weeks, the Phils offense laid an egg on Monday night in Miami, losing 5-1 to the Marlins and again leaving an effective Cole Hamels out to dry.  Alex Sanabia notched the win for the Marlins and Justin Ruggiano provided two key RBIs.

HAMELS RETURNS TO FORM

– Apart from two mistakes, Hamels, now 1-7, was dominant on Monday night.  He walked none and struck out 10 Marlins in only six innings before being removed for a pinch hitter.  Pitch count (89 pitches) and command (67 strikes) were not an issue, unlike recent outings.  Cole has now allowed three earned runs in 20 innings against the Fish, and has received a grand total of one run from his offense.

– With the free-swinging Marcell Ozuna buried in a 1-2 hole in the first inning, Hamels decided to stick with his fastball, which Ozuna stung up the middle, plating the Marlins first run.  Some say that Hamels has shown an overreliance on the cutter this season… this was just the latest example of his pitch selection costing him.

– Hamels appeared to be very angry with himself after allowing an RBI double to Ruggiano in the sixth that put Miami ahead 2-1.  But Cole really did look good – striking out double digits for the first time this year.  He did it three times last year, fanning 10 each time.  At one point, Hamels recorded eight of nine outs via punch out.

BULLPEN, DEFENSE PROBLEMS FOR PHILS

– Hamels departed trailing only 2-1, but Justin De Fratus and Phillippe Aumont couldn’t keep it close.  In 1.2 innings, the right-handed duo combined for three earned runs on four hits to put the game out of reach.

Michael Young couldn’t handle a pick-off attempt from Hamels in the fifth, which allowed Chris Coghlan to advance to second.  While the error was charged to Hamels, it did not appear to be a difficult play.  Young also allowed a Dom Brown throw from leftfield to get past him yesterday, but again, he was not charged with an error.

– On Ruggiano’s go-ahead double in the sixth, Delmon Young took an awful route to the ball, spinning his body and his wheels before finally heading in the right direction.  While only a good right fielder makes that catch – which Young is far from – he could have prevented the run from scoring had he been there to catch the ball off the wall.  Coincidentally, Ruggiano tracked down a laser off the bat of Young in the second, making a basket catch just short of the warning track in right center.

OFFENSE SPUTTERS AGAINST SANABIA

– The Phillies’ offense hit a new low on Monday night, getting shut down by the struggling Sanabia.  Entering Monday, Sanabia had allowed 63 hits and 24 walks in 51.1 innings.  The Phils totaled seven hits and two walks, incomprehensibly swinging at the first pitch in 16 of their 35 at-bats.  Marlins pitchers needed only 118 pitches to get through nine innings.  Two double plays killed leadoff singles for the Phils and they were unable to capitalize on a first-and-third with one out situation in the seventh.

Domonic Brown hit a first-pitch, hanging change-up from Sanabia over the right field wall in the second inning to knot the score at one.  Brown, who now leads the team in homers with eight, has been very patient against right-handers and very aggressive against lefties.  In this at-bat it was the exact opposite, so it’s good to see him keep pitchers guessing.

– Brown stole a bag in the fourth inning, giving him two steals in the past two games.  While replays showed he might have been out, Brown is now two-for-two on stolen base attempts this season.  He notched double digit steals six times in the minors, so it’ll be interesting to see if more will come as he gains confidence.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Ben Revere, batting second, appears to be back in Charlie Manuel’s good graces, as he was slotted in the top half of the lineup for the third straight game.  After an awful April, Revere entered Monday hitting .406 in May before going 0-for-4 on the night.

– Revere failed to execute a hit-and-run in the first, hitting a ball right at second base (as opposed to the open hole at shortstop), which resulted in a double play.  The speedy Revere has grounded into an unfathomable six twin-killings this season in only 126 at-bats.  He hit into eight in 2012 and seven in 2011.

– Hamels allowed an easy steal to Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning, which has seemed to happen a lot this year.  He has let up eight steals in 2013, putting him on pace to allow around 29 this year.  His previous totals over the last six years, starting with 2012; 23, 23, 10, 18, 15 and 14.

– After allowing a leadoff triple to Coghlan in the second, Hamels got two pop ups and a strikeout to escape the inning unscathed.  After covering what seemed like 40 yards, Ben Revere got his glove on the ball but was unable to make the catch.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Bart Shart

    May 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Another weak performance by our offense and our bullpen. Give Cole Hamels a break. Trade him to the Orioles for three solid prospects — pitcher, infielder and outfielder. What the heck !!!

    • Double Trouble Del

      May 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Really, by the time this team rebuilds Hamels will have wasted his best years here. I don’t know if you were serious or not, but your logic makes sense,

      • Mike

        May 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        i sure hope they dont trade him, but if they do, we need a quality gm in place first. i commend ruben in his aggressiveness to bring in doc, pence, oswalt, etc, in past, but he has a track record of getting fleeced in selling players off (Lee & pence).

    • rellis

      May 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

      I’m for this! I was at the Orioles game on Sunday where they did get a well pitched game by Tillman, but watching the Orioles this year, they could use Cole Hamels desperately. Even a struggling Cole Hamels. That team can flat out hit and Baltimore would love him unlike here.

      It looks like Cole finally hit the breaking point after this game. He’ll be killed (what else is new?) for not speaking with reporters but I have watched him time and again, even after bad games, stand up and take it like a man. He has been the consummate professional but tonight he might have reached the breaking point and I don’t blame him. These guys are human and although they make a lot of money that I feel he has earned, they can only take so much. But, I am sure he’ll be crushed by the fanbase and the media for walking out.

  2. Mike

    May 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    i know cole has not been a sharp as last year, but he has only had 3 bad starts. i cant imagine how frustrating it must be to know you have to shut another team out to give your team a chance to win!

  3. psujoe

    May 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    The Phil’s organization needs better advanced scouting. They look like crap against pitchers they haven’t seen before. It’s like they’re guessing.

    RAJ made some nice moves, but he’s over his head as a GM. Always throwing in extra pieces. Scheirholtz would be the Phillies best OF at this point as a full time starter and he was cut for nothing. All so he could keep that rule 5 garbage on the roster. Friggin only would’ve cost chump change as well. The Howard contract, seriously, WTF. I like the Young signing, but that’s the type of piece they needed instead of trading 3 studs for Pence. He’s throwing darts at the board.

  4. jake

    May 21, 2013 at 5:59 am

    UGH.
    How many nights can ownership sit and watch this putrid offense? I know they are making money in massive heaps but that can’t compensate for the stink coming from the plate.
    The phillies just don’t get on base enough to be a productive offensive team. It’s a real sad group to watch.

    Something needs to be done. After a while you can’t just say “we will hit.” ‘Cause the evidence suggests that you will not. I think you have to look at moving pieces. Maybe not all, but some. Oh and maybe take Revere out back and put him out of his misery.

  5. Chuck A.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Really? We’re now gonna talk about trading Cole Hamels??? And so what if he didn’t want to talk to the media. I’m not so sure if I would either. If this fanbase “crushes” him, as rellis suggests above, then shame on them.

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Wow. Our offense really, really b/0w$! Utterly disgusting to watch.

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 21, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Almost forgot. The Delmon Young experiment, RAJ, is an epic fail. He needs to go – now.

  8. oodyman

    May 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I don’t think many people blame Cole for keeping quiet. We all know what Mama always said about nothing having anything nice to say… He’s just using his manners. He”ll let us be the meanies.

  9. Mike in NJ

    May 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I don’t blame Hamels for not talking to the media. The temptation to rip his team mates might be too great. I saw a stat that Phils have scored a 15 runs over his last 8 starts and that Hamels hasn’t pitched with a lead since APR 7th…his SECOND START OF THE SEASON…WTF?!? It’s not like Hamels is always getting matched up with the other teams’ aces either.

    I don’t know how much more I can take of Ben Revere and Delmon Young. When Placido Polanco goes 1st-3rd on a single to center, you know absolutely NO ONE respects Revere’s arm, and his glove is no where as good as it needs to be for someone that gives you nothing offensively. Delmon Young is just a waste of a roster spot. You’re telling me Ruf couldn’t do any better in 17 games than .192 with 1 HR 4 RBIs ?!?

  10. schmenkman

    May 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    There are 72 qualifying starting pitchers in the NL. These have gotten the lowest run support while they were in the game:

    65) AJ Burnett (Pit), 2.4 runs per 9 innings
    66) C. Kershaw (LA), 2.3
    67) E. Stults (SD), 2.1
    68) K. Medlen (Atl), 2.0
    69) HAMELS (PHI), 1.9
    70) W. LeBlanc (Mia), 1.9
    71) D. Gee (NYM), 1.8
    72) J. Hefner (NYM), 1.5

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2013-starter-pitching.shtml

    • Dave P

      May 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      The interesting part about this is that TWO mets pitchers are the bottom two, when they are in 9th in the NL in runs scored, and only one Miami pitcher in the bottom 8, when their offense has been atrocious to say the least.

      I guess this has to do with the mets scoring 10th most runs in the NL in innings 1-6 and being 4th in the NL in innings 7 or later.

  11. G7

    May 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Cole..you want to win, pitch a shutout!!

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