Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies has stumbled lately. There are a few possibilities for that but one that hasn’t been discussed. What is showing to shed light on the problem?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 3-0 outcome: 1
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Vance Worley.
He fired 7 solid innings, lowering his ERA to 2.80.
The Kangaroo Courthouse convened for 3B Mike Fontenot in the 4th after a booted DP ball led to 2 unearned runs. However, he was stellar at the hot corner on Tuesday.
Chooch Ruiz drew a DL House Call after an over-swing produced a left oblique strain in the 6th.
Juan Pierre went to the Shoe Leather Warehouse after he swiped 2 bags in the 8th.
Greenhouse Cholley had 2 visitors in the 8th on the double steal by Magic Juan and Shane Victorino.
The Fun House of Mirrors was conspicuous in the 8th with a funky slide to 3rd base, completing a DP after a strikeout.
In-House News: Chase Utley manned second base for 4 frames during an intrasquad game at Bright House Field.
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There are many suspicions for the recent outings by Hamels. He is injured, his contract status has affected him, but there is another–more likely–reason. It is the shouldering of the staff that a number one bears. Yes, he led the team to the 2008 celebration but there was a big difference. That organization didn’t have the expectations that have accumulated since.
He proved he could handle the load of an ace on most clubs. However, it has been Doc Halladay who has carried the tonnage of that plus the championship-anticipation baggage from 2010. And the young star was only 1 of the horses with Doc, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt. The Wizard is gone, the Doctor is out until late July, and the General hasn’t notched a triumph yet. Doc’s last effort was on May 27 and Cole’s first subpar appearance was May 28.
Hamels has reverted to visible signs of frustration on the mound when things don’t go his way. Even with a 6-run lead, he was troubled by allowing a solo homerun. He bears the burden of being an ace, and the win-now aspirations on his shoulders, which he could carry. The breaking point is the heaviness of last place. Doc will return, Cliff will accumulate victories, the red pinstripes will climb in the standings, and King Cole will have a lighter load.
He will try again to win one before the All-Star break. After he records a victory, he’ll probably notch a string of them. That said, he may have to toil outside of the country for his first triumph.
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He is one of two rotation hurlers left after a week that claimed three for DL stints, including one last night. He has lasted 6.2 innings at least in 5 of 11 attempts with 3 clunkers. However, he is 5-0 with a 3.51 home ERA.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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