10 k's through 6 innings. Good. 4 runs allowed through 6 innings. Not good. Must just be "unlucky". Whatever. Cole Hamels is now 5 starts into the season with a 5.28 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 7 homeruns given up. That's a small sample size, but mix in last season's shitfest and you have a pattern of mediocrity borderlining on bad. I love me some stats, but there's a point where the "unlucky" excuse doesn't cut it and the "he's just not that good" explanation takes over...that point is now. He was "lucky" to get off the hook for the loss though, as the Phils rallied with 2 outs, down 3, in the 9th. So Hamels is lucky and unlucky all in one...see I told you luck equals out over the course of a season, so shove your BABIP up your ass!
Speaking of lucky/unlucky bastards, how about that deer-in-headlights Ryan Madson? Another blown save, but manages to pick up an undeserved win. Once again stat heads will argue that Madson's peripheral numbers suggest he would be a dominant closer if give an extended opportunity, but I beg to differ. Dude crumbles in the 9th and seemingly in other pressure situations too, be it in the 7th or 8th. But what the hell do I know, I just look at the results, why in the world would anybody ever do that?!
Look who is leading the Majors in Howards...Ryan-fricken-Howard! Love when Howard notches a Howard and the Phils still win. Good times. He wasn't the only culprit yesterday, as Daric Barton, Adam Kennedy, and Even Longoria also put themselves on the board. Being only April, it seems the 2010 power/brickhanded/whiffing combo is ahead of 2009's pace.