Morning Phil Up – 4/23/2014 – The return of Cole Hamels
By Mike Lacy
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies defeat Dodgers 3-2
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
Zzzzzzzzz…Phillies win? Awesome!
Less emotional, more optimistic reaction after thinking about it a bit
Nice to see the Phillies take advantage of another team’s shaky fielding, instead of the other way around.
Domonic Brown drove in the winning run with his 10th inning double. A.J. Burnett pitched well and also chipped in offensively with three hits.
Carl Crawford‘s drop of Carlos Ruiz‘s fly ball set up the winning run.
Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9)
Game time: 10:10 PM ET
Starting pitchers: Cole Hamels (0-0) vs. Zack Greinke (3-0)
This is the game that Phillies fans have been waiting for all season: Cole Hamels makes his season debut.
The ace lefty famously suffered some biceps tendinitis in the off-season, causing all sorts of alarm. Hamels assured everyone that he wasn’t really injured, but he would just have to start the season a little later than everyone else.
Hamels claims that he won’t be limited tonight, and that’s a good thing because the Phillies’ hitters might have a tough time of it. The Dodgers will send Zack Greinke to the mound, and the former Cy Young Award winner is off to another spectacular start this season. He’s 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, and his 7.25 K/BB ratio is Cliff Lee-like.
Link of Interest
Philly.com – Hamels hopes to end string of disturbing debuts
Everyone is rightfully excited about Hamels’ return, but it should be noted that Hamels has traditionally fared poorly in his first start of the season. It isn’t clear why he has struggled, but the 9.55 ERA in his past five season debuts speaks for itself.
Tweet of Importance
The Phillies’ company line has been “if we stay healthy.” Well, they’re healthy now. There are no more excuses.