Tough Luck Hamels

The Philadelphia Phillies lost their series to the Flordia Marlins today, despite a great outing by starter Cole Hamels.

Hamels was excellent pitching 6.1 innings allowing just 3 runs, 2 earned. He allowed 7 hits, walked one, and struck out 7.

But his counterpart Chris Volstad was a bit better. He pitched 6 scoreless innings. He walked 4, but only have up 3 hits. His first 4.2 innings were hitless, until pitcher Cole Hamels broke up the no hitter. This is at least the third time Hamels has got the first hit for the Phillies.

The Phillies just couldn't figure out Voldstad's curveball, and the Marlins bullpen helped blank the Phillies. Cole Hamels got no help at all from his teammates. They didn't provide him any run support, and didn't play their best defense. This has been the story for Hamels for quite a while. He should have about 5 more wins, but doesn't do to lack of run support.

This is a perfect example as to why wins are a bad stat. For example, a pitcher could pitch an excellent game allowing just 1 run in a complete game and get the loss. While on the other hand, a pitcher can give up 10 runs in 5 innings and earn the win. Maybe I stressed it a little, but it is just an example of why wins aren't a good stat to use.

In addition, the Phillies acquired left handed relief pitcher Scott Eyre, who was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, Eyre and Cub's manager Lou Pinella did not get along. The Phillies traded minor leaguer Brian Schlitter to the Cubs for the 36 year old, Eyre. Eyre's first 9 innings were scoreless this year, but his ERA is now 7.15 in 11 innings. His career ERA is 4.42.

The Phillies are still atop the NL East, leading by 1.5 games over the Marlins, and 2 games over the Mets, who won today.


dana said...

god, what a hottie!

they took the life-size cut out of the dunken doughnuts in the city.

saddest morning of my life.

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