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Phils Turn to Hamels to Mimic Lannan’s Success Against Nats. Wait, What?

Jul 9, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT


John Lannan was awesome on Monday night in the Phils series-opening victory over his former team, the Washington Nationals. Lannan got a standing ovation when he exited after completing the 8th inning with a zero under the Nationals’ score. He allowed just four hits while striking out four and handing out two free passes. It’s the kind of night you’d love to see Cole Hamels have this evening.

Hamels (3-11, 4.38) hasn’t had that lengthy of clean outing all season. He’s only pitched 8.0 innings or more on two occasions this year, and he hasn’t done it since May 4th.

He is, however, coming off of two decent outings against the Pirates and Padres in which the Phils got the wins with Cole tossing 7.0 and 6.0 innings respectively.

Hamels will be up against right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) this evening who is making just his third career start. Here’s what you need to know about him from CSN:

A ninth-round pick in 2009, Jordan was 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA between Single A and Double A when the Nats called him up. He throws a four-seam fastball and a two-seam fastball in the 92-94 mph range and a slider and changeup in the low 80s. He’s thrown the sinker the most – about 46 percent of the time – and gotten beat the most with it. The opposition is 9 for 22 off it, compared to 2 for 20 against the other three offerings.

Just Say No to Joba

There were some troubling reports that the Phils could have some interest in Yankees’ Joba Chamberlain. Beerleaguer does a nice job pointing out why a trade for him would make little sense for the Phils.

7:05 start at the Bank this evening. Look for Kulp in the stands. He says anyone who yells at him will earn a beer on him.

  1. Joker - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    So is that like he will pay for a beer if you yell at him? Or he will pour a beer on you if you yell at him?

  2. theoldsport - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Do they play “Don’t Stop the Party” after wins at CBP now?
    I know it doesn’t *really* matter, and I’m sorry if this was brought up already, but playing Pitbull as a lead-in to H.K. and “High Hopes” should be a federal crime.

    Really like this team’s energy right now. Hamels battled there toward the end, and the offense isn’t just sitting around and waiting for a two-or-three-run home run. There’s a long way to go and still way too many question marks, but summer feels a lot better when the Phillies can pick up a few series wins in a row.

  3. IlliniGlory - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I feel like that team meeting after the Saturday beat down possibly had some threats of the next 3 weeks determining guys’ futures with the team… and trades to non-contenders were brought up as options if these guys didn’t start pulling it together. Phils have looked like a different team here. Revere is on fire. Delmon is swinging the stick. Utley is playing well. Hamels looked great tonight. I think we may be 1-2 middle relievers away from still being right in the thick of the WC come September.

    Interesting stat… since April 19th, Phils are the best team in the NL East. Damn that Braves’ start.

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