Monday, June 18, 2007

Every 5th Day

Every 5th day I have confidence. Every 5th day I brace myself to witness greatness. Every 5th day the Phillies are expected to win. Why? Cole-fricken-Hamels!!! Besides the occasional longball given up (16 so far), King Cole has been a merry young soul. When he was drafted in the 1st round in '02 (17th overall pick), I was skeptical because of his injury history. My suspicions were not laid to rest as he battled through both growing and physical pains his first 3 minor league seasons. Remember his anger management incident? He's since matured, gotten married, and had a relatively clean bill of health.

Cole Hamels is labeled a staff savior. He is the man we turn to when we need a win, and we need a win today (currently has 9, hopefully 10 after tonight). For a sophomore, he has pitched brilliantly, and is now our staff ace. I look forward to watching Hamels continue to progress in the art of pitching and become even more dominant than he already is. His fastball isn't amazing, but coupled with that change-up he's sometimes unhittable, and his curveball is getting better. His stuff isn't the only reason that he succeeds, as he has a cocky tenacity about him when he pitches and isn't scared of any hitter. Also, he handles the stick pretty well, knocking out 7 hits this season so far. In spring training he said he expects 20 wins of himself this season, and he's well on the way to that. This is why I look forward to every 5th day.

~Carson

21 comments:

fans said...

We went to the Father's Day game yesterday. I don't think Manuel could have been booed any harder. When he took out big Mike Z in the 7th - everyone was screaming DON'T DO THIS - it made no sense. We don't have deep bullpen - you can't use several pitchers to face 1 batter. We had way too many innings left.

Tough loss - we should have won - especially since the Mets were beaten.

michael said...

still 2 games back..hopefully we can beat up on cleveland and the mets and braves will continue to totally suck these next fews games

GM-Carson said...

Losing 2 of 3 to the Tigers sucked. We were 2 bad innings away from sweeping the series. The botched play and mental error of Friday night's 2nd inning. And of course the managerial meltdown in the 7th yesterday.

Cleveland is tough. Their offense is awesome and their pitching is quality too. Facing 3 lefties (Lee, Standford, and Sabathia) isn't an easy task for the Phils.

Jacobin said...

Yeah, the Phillies' record against lefties this season is terrible. Hopefully they can turn that around against Cleveland...

GM-Carson said...

If the Phils hope to win this series, they need to jump all over Cliff Lee starting today, because he's had a rough season with a +6 era. Give Hamels some run support, because as good as Cole is, I doubt he holds the Tribe under 4 runs.

Jacobin said...

It looks like the Phillies are continuing their outright lying ways regarding players and their health. For everyone watching the game yesterday, it was pretty obvious that Rowand twisted/overturned his ankle during his final at bat before leaving the game. Today the Phillies have explained that Rowand left the game because of leg cramps...

And apparently now it has been revealed that days before his lousy start in Kansas City, Garcia had received a cortisone shot in his bad shoulder (this is according to Garcia's agent and Ruben Amaro Jr.), but Garcia denies ever having such a shot and uncle Charlie still maintains that he didn't know about the Chief's injury until his "confrontation" with him during that crapfest of a game in KC. Oh well...

And here's some encouragement regarding last year's top pick:

Kyle Drabek, the Phillies' first-round pick in 2006 who was on the DL (elbow), managed only eight pitches in his comeback start Friday at Class A Lakewood before he felt a twinge in his balky right elbow.

Thank God for Cole Hamels.

klkatz said...

the kid can only get better... age, maturity, strength, learnging the game, confidence, knowing the hitters, all play a role in making a good pitcher great.

I have no doubt that we have a legitimate perennial Ace on our staff in Cole Hamels.

goDuke said...

If not for Hamels the season would be over. No matter how good Utley is and Howard hopefully is back, you can't do anything without pitching.

GM-Carson said...

Speaking of Ryan Howard, he's on my shit list. Last year when he was belting homeruns and batting over .300 I didn't mind the strikeouts so much. However this season the power isn't showing up as much, his average is around .230 and he strikes out once every 3 plate appearances...that's piss-poor. Howard needs to make some adjustments.

Kyle Drabek is going to end up being a flop. Just my opinion, but I don't think the kid deserved to be a first round pick, much like the Phils pick this season Joe Savery. But hey, hopefully they'll prove me wrong.

GM-Carson said...

From FoxSports-

Here's a smart GM- Waiver Willie is on a roll. Affectionately called “Waiver Willie” by Padres staffers because he avidly trolls the waiver wire, General Manager Kevin Towers is getting plump returns from waived players acquired for $20,000 each. The Padres lead the National League in winning percentage in part because of five players obtained off waivers: Scott Linebrink, Justin Hampson, Justin Germano, Rob Bowen and Hiram Bocachica. Padres scouts are judging well; for his part, Towers usually keeps a 40-man roster spot open so he can add a claimed player. “The beauty of waiver claims is you don't have to give up any players,” Towers said as the Padres were trouncing the Cubs, who spent $300 million on players in the offseason. “Any time you can pick up a player for $20,000, I don't see any risk as long as you have the roster flexibility." Having the majors' worst record allowed the Padres to claim Linebrink in 2003, but they picked 23rd or later when they got Hampson, Germano and Bocachica. The Padres were 18th in the waiver line when they heeded scout Ken Bracey and nabbed Bowen, who has ably replaced Josh Bard.

The city of Clearwater, Fla., is set to demolish Jack Russell Stadium, which had fallen into disrepair. The Phillies held spring training there from 1955 to 2003. They currently play at Bright House Networks Field. The field, dugouts and an office building will remain.

CLARE. said...

My dad said during the sixth inning of yesterday's game, "Eaton's having a good day today." I said, "You may as well turn the game off because you've just jinxed him." And he did. Way to go, Dad!

GM-Carson said...

Clare- I'll join in with blaming your dad for yesterday's debacle. At first I wanted to blame Manuel for lifting Eaton, then using only Geary and Zagurski for only 1 batter a piece, then bring in Yo-Yoel to blow the game. But, besides the obvious, why should I blame Charlie. We all know he's an idiot, is retarded when it comes to bullpen management and game strategy, but it can't be his fault can it? Nevermind, it's his fault!

Maria said...

The Phillies should let a fairly educated fan to coach for a game. Then Management will see how incompetent he is.

I love Cole Hamels.

BenJah said...

the o's just fired their manager. seeing as how their management is famous for making stupid personnel descisions and being arrogant and annoying, how come they make the right call and we can't?? are we actually that bad?? i want to believe that developing utley and hamels is a result of us being smart, but it might just as likely be dumb luck.

BenJah said...

oh and PS:

jc romero and tomo ohka were released. i realize that these guys "suck" but for a team like ours, i don't see the harm in picking them up. i mean, we did sign joe table, after all....

GM-Carson said...

Since they were released and cleared waivers I'm all for signing both of them. J.C. Romero has had success in the recent past and could help the bullpen, he's certainly better than Mesa. Ohka could come in and hold down the 5th starter spot, because we need a guy who can get us past the 5th inning without getting lit up in the process and I just don't know if Kyle Kendrick is ready for the Bigs yet.

GM-Carson said...

I just read a rumor that the Phils may be interested in obtaining Giants starter Matt Morris. He's signed through '08 and has an option for '09. He's a solid #3 starter. It'll probably take a lot to get him though. I'd be willing to do a package of Michael Bourn and a pitching prospect (Kyle Kendrick possibly).

Los said...

Not a great start for him tonight. He can't win 'em all. Shame the rest of the team can't seem to pick him up.

Jacobin said...

It sucks that Hamels didn't have a stellar start, but I guess it's greedy to think he can go out and shut teams down with 10+ strikeouts every time he pitches. I find it refreshing to see how he reacts to bad outings like this:

"It ticks me off," Hamels said. "I think it ticks anybody off. The main thing is trying to put your team in a spot to win, and when you give up five runs in the first two innings, you're not doing yourself a good cause and you're not doing your team a good cause. It's frustrating, but you can't let the game affect the next one."

Even with that clunker of a game, the kid is 9-3 on the season with a strong chance of being the first Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1983 to win 20 games. Wow. Stats like that really make it sink in how bad things have been for the last 25 years.

GM-Carson said...

Cole pitched like shit and he knew it. He had troubles located his pitches all night long and the Indians made him pay. I knew he wouldn't shut them down, but I wasn't expecting his worse outing of the season either. I have full confidence he'll bounce back next start, he's mentally tough.

BloodStripes said...

Cool post. Cole doesn't make two bad starts in a row. He will be spewing about that one until the next start, where he will kill it I'm sure.