Hamels and Run Support

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

Yesterday, I “gamecasted” the Phillies/Dodgers tilt and followed a pretty satisfying performance from Cole Hamels.  He finished with 9 strikeouts and held the Dodgers to two runs.  However, the supposed powerful line-up from the Phillies only was able to produce 1 run for an excellent outing from Hamels.  The Phillies did score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to send the game to extra innings only to see Chad Durbin give up two runs.  The Phillies didn’t generate any offense in the bottom of the 10th, including a strikeout from Ryan Howard to end the game.

Yes, it’s early in the season, but this trend of poor run production for your ace pitcher is not good.  I hope the team isn’t relying too heavily upon Hamels to win games himself.  Every game the Phillies should be expected to crank out runs.  They have a potentially potent and powerful offense.  If the Phillies continue to produce 1 run through 8 innings it is going to be a long World Series defending season.  

PhilaTude always stands by the Phillies and especially World Series MVP Cole Hamels, but if this blasé attitude continues from the team, the Phillies might need to shake some things up. 

Notes:  I am making the journey down to Virginia (I loathe heading south of Columbia, MD) to see the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals.  Look for my report next week on the new stadium and hopefully, the tons of Phillies fans in attendance bleeding PhilaTude.

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