Philly Dream Series Starting Pitcher Preview-2008 Phillies – Phillies Nation

Philly Dream Series Starting Pitcher Preview-2008 Phillies

Here are the four Phillies starters we are likely to see in the upcoming Philly Dream Series.

Cole-Hamels-Getty81450940_ja#1 COLE HAMELS. At the top of the 2008 Phillies rotation is the 25-year old left-hander Cole Hamels.   With a strong fastball and devastating changeup, he will counter the A’s ace Lefty Grove.  He finished 2008 14-10 with a 2.09 ERA in addition to sporting a .224 batting average making him easily the best hitting pitcher on the team.  His youth will come in handy after throwing 227.1 innings over the course of the season.


MLB: FEB 23 Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training#2 BRETT MYERS. After recording 17 saves in 2007 as a closer, Brett Myers returned to his role as a starter in 2008.  He finished an unimpressive 10-13 with a 4.55 ERA as the Phillies #2 arm. To say he’s highly emotional would be an understatement. Almost half of his pitches are fastballs, which he complements with a curveball, slider, and changeup.


moyer#3 JAMIE MOYER. The only member of the 2008 Phillies to have already faced Jimmie Foxx in a game. Ok, so that’s a joke, but at age 45 he is the oldest pitcher in baseball (and he has only 4 degrees of separation from Jimmie Foxx. It goes Foxx to Granny Hamner to Minnie Minoso to Harold Baines to Moyer.) He’s a crafty veteran who uses his junk ball reportoire to feast on young, impatient hitters.


vv5sd#4 JOE BLANTON.  At first considered a questionable trade deadline acquisition from the A’s, Joe was able to go 4-0 with a 4.20 since joining the Phils.  Kentucky Joe will always be remembered for his home run in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series. He has a low 90s fastball, a 12-6 curve, a slider, and a changeup.



  1. rellis

    October 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Wow. What a difference 5 years makes. Now Cole Hamels is perceived as what is wrong with the team both with his contract and pitching.

    • schmenkman

      October 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Perceived by… no one at all.

      • wbramh

        October 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        Perhaps he’s referring to an alternate universe – probably the one in which the Astros knocked off the Marlins to win the 2013 World Series and the first annual “Congress Appreciation Day” was celebrated by all.

      • Pamikedc

        October 24, 2013 at 9:29 am


  2. Ken Bland

    October 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    This oughta be rish. Jimmie Foxx against Joe Blanton and Brett Myers. Yeah, I know…Blanton was a believable big leaguer in ’08.

    Anyway, I’m expecting Foxx’s connection to land near the old Chuckwagon on York Road in Elkins Park. Not a bad hit from either 21st and Lehigh, or South Philly.

    • wbramh

      October 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      The only thing we know for sure is that if the series goes seven Ryan Howard will strike out 12 times against Lefty Grove alone.

  3. bruce

    October 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    You guys should not give up on the Phillies. The conditioning of the modern players is far, far better than that of the old A’s, and the modern equipment is better also.

    • Ken Bland

      October 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      A discussion of which generation’s better would lead to few opinions altered.

      The mentioned conditioning and equipment would be included in about 2,000 easy to mane advantages to the modern day guys.

      Advants to the back in the day guys to me, has 1 massive headliner that counts for a lot. Fewer distractions. That’s a very weighted factor.

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