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Big bounce-back outing for Hamels

Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:18 pm
By Matt Snyder

Cole Hamels was brutal in his first start of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings against the Mets. Sunday, he had the chance to get back on track and did just that. He breezed through a pretty solid Atlanta offense, striking out eight and giving up only four hits and one walk in seven shutout innings. It should effectively eliminate any overreactions after his first time out.

The rebound shouldn't be a surprise. Hamels had a 2.07 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 107 strikeouts in his last 104 1/3 innings last season. He then threw a shutout in the NLDS. He's 27 and is every bit as talented as the rest of the staff. Roy Halladay is clearly the best pitcher of the vaunted group, but Hamels is capable of becoming the second-best -- yes, he has the talent to be better than both Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt.

After Hamels' big outing Sunday, the Phillies are now 7-2.

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:34 am

Big bounce-back outing for Hamels

The fans need to settle down a little bit though. We can't judge any player by 1 start.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 3:01 am

Big bounce-back outing for Hamels

I don't like it when these pitchers get ranked. Each has their own style when they get their turn in the rotation. It even happens to coincide with how the lineup performs too. Blanton until he blew up and lost the 7-0 lead vs the Mets, he looked like the first 2 runs he gave up was simply a mistake he normally wouldn't duplicate. The 5 run inning that followed, that looked like the Mets were going to chase him off the mound like they had done Hamels. Obviously, both Hamels & Blanton aren't that bad, but were those innings. Otherwise, all 5 of these Phillies pitchers are capable of really ringing up the wins, regardless of who they play.  But as for the media ranking them, they all know where they stand and Charlie Manuel has the rotation set the way he does. Even there, it may not be as clear cut as the delineation of 1-5 is set. Clearly Hamels was better than both Lee and Oswalt, but a few games earlier Blanton > Hamels. And it's not a foregone conclusion that Halladay is the best of all 4 either, even though last season's perfect game and playoff no hitter tend to suggest. The Astros nearly won that one, he was lifted after 6 innings in that no decision. I figured he would've gone 7, 8 even a CG.

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