Cole Hamels, this pitching staffs needs you. They need you to perform like you did in 2008, or 2007, or even your rookie year of 2006. They need 7+ innings of well pitched baseball. Why so desperate? The Phillies starting pitchers are averaging a measly 5.46 innings pitched per start with an absurd era of 6.68 and an awful whip of 1.61. Cole Hamels is supposed to be this staff's ace, yet he has the highest era and lowest innings per start pitched so far. Maybe that shot off the bat of Prince Fielder last start will help him shake off the World Series MVP afterglow and get working on another one!
The Nationals have played 18 games, scored 85 runs, and hit 21 homeruns. 27 of those runs (32%) and 12 of those homeruns (57%) have come in their 3 games against the Phillies. That is a pointblank indicator of just how atrocious our pitching has been. Like I said above, we need Cole Hamels, the real Cole Hamels tonight.
Phils look to add to their 4 game winning streak against Washington tonight. John Lannan gets the start, with a lifetime 0-3 record and 6.43 era against the Phils. Time for the Gnats to behold the power of the Golden Girls.