Cole Hamels Pitches a Gem

Cole Hamels - file

Cole Hamels - file

It’s about time Cole Hamels steps-up and pitches like he can.  He pitched a complete game and 2 hit the Giants.  The Phillies didn’t provide much run support – scoring only 1 – but that’s all that Hamels needed.  Hamels seemed to have his mechanics and motion in a dominant rhythm, similar to his playoff performance last year.  Also, he seemed to stay calm, quite the opposite that we have seen in some of the struggling starts he has had this year.  Hopefully, he will continue his dominant pitching through September and into the playoffs.

I’m impressed with Charlie Manuel sticking with Hamels without even making any reference to it.  He never thought Hamels was having problems, nor did he think there was anything that needed to be done.  More concerning is that the Phillies only were able to generate 1 run.  Hamels is the ace of the staff, there is not reason the Phillies shouldn’t be able to support a tremendous pitching effort.  The Phillies line-up is based on power.  I expect and think the Phillies are capable of scoring 4 or more runs every night.  That’s how they did it last year.  This year will be much tougher.  The competition will be better and if they make it to the World Series, they won’t be playing a soft team like the Rays from last year.  The Phillies are going to need special starts from their pitchers – just like Cole Hamels did last night – if they want to repeat.

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