Friday, June 5, 2009
That's What I'm Talking About!!!!
In case any of you East coasters were busy sleeping, or leaving messages on friend's voicemails, Cole Hamels showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the game last night. Moreover, the Phillies are beginning to make a charge in the NL East and proving that they are still the team to beat.
Going into last night's game, the Dodgers were considered to be the best team in the National League and had an MLB best 37-18 record. Meanwhile, the Phils had quietly been on a 6 game win streak and Ryan Howard was beginning to mash the ball. Something had to give last night, but the experts seemed to think that it would be the Phillies. That all changed when Cole Hamels took the mound.
Just like he did in the NLCS last year Hamels shut down the Dodgers, holding them to five hits the whole game. Thanks to some timely hitting by the offense, Hamels was able to cruise to a 3-0 complete game victory in under 100 pitches. This indeed was a statement game.
The Phillies are now 4 games up in the NL East when not too long ago they had slipped into second. Moreover, Cole Hamels is starting to look like the stud I expected him to be this season. It is my hope that he will be able to ride this wave of momentum for the rest of the season. Finally, the hitting is starting to come around. Howard is raking, Ibanez broke out of his mini slump, Werth is starting to hit again and Utley is as solid as ever. If Jimmy Rollins starts to pick it up, watch out National League. The Phils are starting to look pretty dangerous and it looks like the road to the World Series will definitely have to go through Philadelphia.