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Phillies Get Smoked, Pettibone to LV, Hamels Back Wednesday?

Lots of things happened last night.

-First, Jonathan Pettibone got rocked at Coors Field, not that it comes as a surprise. He put the Phillies in a 7-0 hole through two innings, and when all was said and done, the Phillies had lost 12-1. Pettibone is back at Triple-A Lehigh Valley now. He would have gone back regardless of the outcome, however if he throws a decent game at a tough place to pitch, he would have turned some heads. That was bad.

-Cole Hamels looks like he’ll return Wednesday in Los Angeles. This is obviously good news as it finally gives the Phillies the rotation they’d hoped for all along. It’s really the most consistent thing they’ll have all year if everyone can stay healthy – which is already a big if knowing that AJ Burnett has a hernia already. The five guys they throw out there on a weekly basis will have to be as good as can be because the offense and defense are a total guessing game each day.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Unfortunately, they are the only two things that happened last night. Hamels could not return sooner!

  2. schmenkman

    April 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Aah, I just got the Colorado pot reference. Nice.

  3. JL

    April 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    At least they sent him packing. Under Manuel he would’ve been our guaranteed 5th starter for another month and not been sent packing so soon.

    • schmenkman

      April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Pettibone was going back down after the game no matter how well he did.

  4. Ken Bland

    April 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    At 16 games into the season now, a tenth of the way home, it’s kina eerie to compare some stuff from last year’s debacle with this year’s start.

    All this is history, so applying it to future expectations is at the discretion of the individual. Obviously, the record extends to almost identical to last year’s 73-89. Last year, enroute to a 28th of 30 clubs in the run differential category, the Phils scored 614 runs. They’re on pace to score just over 640 runs this year. Of course that’s largely flavored to the negative by a recent slump, but it’s kind of amazing how the offense SEEMS better in several ways, and still, not much difference. This year, again, and they did drop about 4 spots off last night’s many to few shellacking, the Phils are 28th, leading Houston and Zona (whoop-dee-doo)

    Where this leads…there might be some ceiling ahead, especially with Hamels hopefully making a difference in 1 out of every 5 games. And you don’t need these digits to convey the start’s not pretty, but the similarities off the 10% start, and the whole of last year are pretty striking.

    • Ken Bland

      April 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      “This year, again, and they did drop about 4 spots off last night’s many to few shellacking, the Phils are 28th, leading Houston and Zona (whoop-dee-doo) ”

      That’s 28th of 30 in run differential. Last year, and so far this year. But again, to emphasize the point, they dropped about 4 spots because of last night’s difference.

  5. wbramh

    April 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Yes, Pettibone got rocked but scoring 1 run at Coors would not have produced a better outcome in the W-L column even if Cole Hamels had been on the mound.
    Problems everywhere.

  6. c. schreiber

    April 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    P’s offense = PUTRID

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