Friday, April 10, 2009
Game Time: Hamels vs. Marquis
Coors Field 4:10 PM
Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) vs. Colorado Rockies (2-1)
Career: 38-23, 543 ip, 518 k, 3.43 era, 1.14 whip.
2008: 14-10, 227.1 ip, 196 k, 3.09 era, 1.08 whip.
Spring: 0-1, 7.2 ip, 10 k, 9.39 era, 1.17 whip.
*Hollywood Hamels experienced some elbow tightness in the middle of spring training and was temporarily shutdown for precaution. His inactivity caused him to be unready for the Opening Day assignment, but he's now set to embark upon his quest for 20 wins.
Career: 79-70, 1269 ip, 752 k, 4.55 era, 1.43 whip.
2008: 11-9, 167 ip, 91 k, 4.53 era, 1.45 whip.
Spring: 1-3, 25 ip, 22 k, 10.08 era, 1.96 whip.
*Marquis was unwanted in Chicago, but his ability to induce groundballs will be welcomed in Colorado. In his career against the Phils, he's walked more batters (49) than he's struck out (43).
News & Notes:
*Starting pitcher Gustavo Chacin was signed to a minor league contract. He's a 28 year old lefty who's been banged up since 2007, and was recently released from the Nationals. Career: 25-15, 4.18 era, and 1.38 whip over 4 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Like the Rodrigo Lopez signing, this adds veteran MLB depth to the minors with potential upside...plus he wears some superiffic spectacles.
*Relief pitcher Tyler Walker was also signed to a minor league deal. He's a 32 year old righty that was recently released by the Seattle Mariners. Career: 20-17, 4.52 era, and 1.43 whip over 6 seasons with the Mets, Rays, and Giants. He'll join former MLB relievers Mike Koplove, Dave Borkowski, and Gary Majewski at Lehigh Valley.
*Pat Burrell collected his first MLB hit outside of a Phillies uniform yesterday while pinch-hitting in the Rays win over the BoSox. He's now 1-8 (.125 avg) on the season.