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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Game 129: Hamels goes complete game shutout (76-53)

The Phillies won the series opener vs. a possible first round playoff opponent tonight behind a dominant performance by Cole Hamels. Hamels went 9 IP while allowing 3 baserunners and striking out 9. This is his second straight appearance where he has allowed 0 runs. Hamels looked absolutely filthy tonight, and showed a solid gameplan when facing batters. These are very good signs. A playoff rotation of Lee, Hamels, Blanton, and Happ (whatever order based on matchups) seems pretty good at this point.

I had a couple complaints from a decision making standpoint today:

1) Ben Francisco probably should have started in left field. Raul Ibanez has done absolutely nothing at the plate in a very long time. The starting pitcher was a lefty that is considerably better vs LHBs. Ibanez is pretty bad vs. LHP. It seems pretty obvious.
2) I thought it was really strange that the only addition made to the Phillies' roster was Jack Taschner. The Phillies didn't play yesterday (not to mention the starters have been racking up innings), so extra bullpen help really wasn't the most important thing. With the way Manuel tends to burn his bench, I think it would have been a good idea to bring at least 1 or 2 people up. The Giants had 9 bench players. The Phillies had their usual 5.

Side note: Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz have hit 5 HRs each since July 11.


Scott Graham said...

Side, side note: Pat Burrell has 8 HRs since July 11th in a more sparing role.

Advantage Burrell.

Unknown said...

Well Carlos is the best player in the world.