Back with another enthralling edition of Tag Team Tuesdays, and this week I'm giving you a mix of the young and the old. The young being our ace in the making Colbert Hamels, or as we call him Cole. Cole was a rookie at the age of 22 last year and had his share of growing pains. He didn't really start pitching awesome until his mentor, Jaime Moyer, came along. Hamels had an ERA of 2.43 in August and 2.78 in September, both months while the crafty change-up artist Moyer was spitting knowledge into young Hamels' ear. Hamels will most likely be the 1st or 2nd starter next year and is well on his way towards becoming an all-time great Phillies pitcher.
Hamels will continue to progress next season, but if he stays healthy, there's no reason not to predict somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 wins with a nice and tidy ERA to boot, because with the seething heater, dropping curve, and halting change-up the sky is the limit with this kid. Not to mention his soon to be wife is fricken hot!
The old as previously mentioned is Sir Jaime Moyer. He's old like my dad, but with a better arm...barely. Seriously, I think Corey can still crank out a pitch faster than this dinosaur. Moyer may soft toss, but he's effective. The Phillies just recently inked the 43 year old to a 2 year cotract extension, I thought only Julio Franco was capable of such things. Moyer will be 45 when the deal expires, but I'm all for keeping him around. Rich "High Times" Dubee is the current pitching coach and quite honestly isn't good for anything besides a supply of ganja, so Moyer is more like the actual coach with Dubee being the frat boy that keeps everyone loose and with the "munchies" (which might explain Lidle's snack habits). There's more to Moyer than his science of pitching, his arm has value too. Moyer isn't a slouch either, he pitched fairly well with the Phils and will be a solid #4/5 starter next season, most teams would love to have him for that. His career 216 wins aren't shabby and 6 consecutive seasons of 200+ innings are nice too.
From this day onward, the tag team of Hamels and Moyer will be referred to as The Strike Force. I went deep into the chasms of WWF history to find a fitting title to match this strike chucking tandem, and hence the homo-ish looking pic of The Strike Force above, or separately Tito "El Matador" Santana and Rick "the Model" Martel...wow!
And who said that wrestlers and frat boys are latently homosexual?