Two starts ago I asked for the real Cole Hamels to step up and begin pitching like he is capable of. Since then he’s rattled off 17 innings of no run baseball. Last night he looked unhittable, and nearly was. Shutting down the Pirates and Giants offenses isn’t like facing the Cardinals or Dodgers, but it’s a start.
Pitched 1 inning for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last night, striking out 2. In 5 rehab assignment games he’s pitched 7 innings while striking out 13 with a 1.29 ERA. He is set for one more appearance with the Iron Pigs, and if all goes well he may be activated for the weekend series with Houston.
The Rookie of the Year hopeful has been magnificent this year. His sparklingly 10-3 record, 3 complete games, 2.63 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP have him ranked near the top of the NL in those categories. San Francisco counters with Brad Penny, who was banished from the BoSox rotation and is making his return to the NL.
The prized piece in the trade for Cliff Lee made his MLB debut last night with Cleveland. He was shellacked for 6 r, 9 h, 3 bb, and 3 hr in only 3 innings. In my opinion, he was over-hyped for the past 3 or 4 seasons in the Phillies organization, and I will not be shocked if he never turns out to be more than a league average starting pitcher.
On Monday Corey called upon the Golden Girls to get the Phillies back on a hot streak. It worked, as they won their first 1-0 game of the season last night. So, here we go…