"Unlucky" was Cole Hamels label last year with support from a funky little stat (BABIP). His BABIP was uncharacteristically high last season which lead to an elevated ERA. Well, the only thing elevated last night were those 4 4-baggers, and that my friends has nothing to do with luck. Reading through some comment sections of other sites had people blaming Rich Dubee and Brian Schneider for Hamels disaster. Really? Cole Hamels was mediocre last year, and at times terrible, but his excuse was he was unlucky. Now that he's had 4 starts this season with similarly poor results (1 good and 3 bad) the apologist are coming out again and making excuses for him. Just stop! Luck evens out over the course of a season. The pitcher needs to mix his pitches and locate them, that's what makes for an effectively consistent pitcher. Cole Hamels is not that. He's shown brilliance in the past, but rarely since 2008. Can he return to dominant form? Yes, we'd all like to think so. However, major adjustments in his approach need to be made before that brilliance/dominance returns, because until then we'll continue to see varied results ranging from awful to good.
*Ryan Howard has 3 hits in his last 25 at bats (.120 avg) and only 3 walks this season.
*Joe Blanton (3) and Brad Lidge (1) worked the first 4 innings of the Reading game last night while allowing no runs.
*J-Roll will not be activated from the DL on April 28th when he's first eligible.
*Figgy gets the spot start tonight. My prediction- he pitches better than Hamels, but Charlie pulls him after 4 quality innings because "that's all they really expected of him".