Cole Hamels leads the Philadelphia Phillies into Miami and Milwaukee. Can he initiate the push to go higher in the standings for good?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 8-7 Triumph In 11
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7 For The Road:
If you are still interested in the red pinstripes, you are receiving 7 more weeks of solid baseball. Since the break, this squad has taken 6 of 9 series, going 4-3 against contenders. They lost to a then-hot San Francisco team and Atlanta twice–1 a sweep. The Braves have had their number this year after the last 2 campaigns that ended with a thud at the Chop Shop.
The club travels to face the Fish and the Brewers for 7 matchups, where the later innings have the challenge of compromised bullpens. Heath Bell has been a one-season hammer that has been nailed after inking a big deal in party town. Currently, the locals have the best relief corps of the three organizations, and the offense recently has been potent in the ending frames. Prior to their selling posture, Miami took Carlos Lee off the generous hands of the ‘Stros, and he was available 18 days hence. Hanley Ramirez has joined Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton near Hollywood, while Anibal Sanchez is now in the Motor City. While Hunter Pence went to the Giants, Omar Infante is now a Tiger and Randy Choate is a Dodger.
The hometown 9 have a interesting schedule when they return to Philly with battles against the Reds, the Nats and the Mets before a series at the Ted. Ten contests are against also-rans out of the next 17, while these first 7 can be a nice springboard to pause a few playoff hopefuls. Plus, the Phils are 5-1 against out-of-it competition in the 2nd half. These players have waited most of the tour to be healthy, play dynamic baseball, and taste consistent victory. I don’t believe that Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Doc Halladay, Hamels and most of the others know how to finish the string by going through the motions. I think you’ll see just that in the next 7 games. They are relaxed, and their talent can surface without the burden of the have-to-win hype.
He is 6-3 with a 3.43 away ERA, which is 0.68 lower at the Bank. Against the Fish in 3 outings (1 at home) during the first half, his ledger read: 0-3, 5.21 ERA, 19 innings, 22 hits, 12 runs (11 earned), 7 free passes (2 intentional) and 22 punch outs. However, this is his first look at them after the trading deadline.
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He is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA as a Marlin. He had lasted 7 frames during late May in his 1st of 13 attempts with 4 clunkers. Against the Phils in Los Angeles around mid-July, his line was: 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 all-earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts on 87 misfired bullets.
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