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Cole's location a problem? ALL starting pitching is a Problem

By Ian Sontag

Phillies Fans, let me start this by saying I'm glad the feedback that I have received from writing my first two articles was positive-like I was about our Phillies.

Watching today's debacle against the Colorado Rockies, made my synisism come screaming back.

First and foremost, are you as sick as I am watching our starters get lit up by the opposition's bats, while Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee look on and hope the starters can somehow get out of the troubled inning(s)?

Wasn't it cool that the Phils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second, only to have it evaporate in the bottom of the third with the crooked number (5 runs) aided by five, yes FIVE extra base hits (three doubles, a triple, and a 2-run homer) in the inning?

Cole Hamels was throwing 87-89 mph fastballs? Are you sure your elbow isn't still hurting Cole? As much as realtors always say location, location, location, is they key-well, that's something that seemed pretty foreighn to Cole today-finding seemed very difficult.

Three double play groundouts? Are you serious? Ryan Howard had three of those today? I just found it almost comical that everytime Chase Utley got a hit Howard was there to help erase him. Not used to seeing that. Better than a strikeout though? You tell me. While watching this, I really stated to think how this season could potentially play out.

How was it that THREE staight Phillies players ground out to Colorado's first baseman Todd Helton-for a 1,2,3 inning in the top of the fifth? How often has that ever happend to the Phightins, or any other teams?

Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis is now among the top of the league in hitting with his offensive outburst today. We can't stop opposing pitchers from hitting our pitchers now? Great, just great. Marquis was 2-for-2, including a double, a run batted in, a run scored, and a sacrifice. HMMMMM. Pitching wise he was good-pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs.

I'm not a big fan of the still kinda new stat-quality start (6 innings pitches and 3 or less runs given up)-but do you think the Phillies starters can get one before the weekend series with the Rockies is up? So far this season we are 0-4 in that department. Now we have Brett Myers vs. Jorge De La Rosa on saturdat night and Chan Ho Park against Aaron Cook on Sunday afternoon. Does it look good? Not sure, but still hopeful, as I know the Phils are slow starters every April.

So offensively, Utley and Jayson Werth showed up today, but no one else really. Werth was 4-for-4- which included two doubles and a soloshot. Where was the patience at the plate like the 7th inning in the last Atlanta game? Can we please put it all together like the Marlins guys?

How many of you are STILL happy about being "THE CHAMPS?" I'm not. Why? Well, that was six months ago. Even the Phillies players themselves said that they have turned the page. Have you? Or are you and our players still having that "WORLD SERIES HANGOVER?"

I'm not and there you have my TRUE colors actually coming out as I threw down my rose colored glasses after the first two articles I wrote here. Lucky for you I came back to earth to try and level off the party atmosphere that we HAD. And move us into the present with our pressing problems after ONLY, yes I know only four games. But check it out, we could be in for a long season.

Thanks for reading and let me know YOUR feelings on some of the questions I brought to the table today. Talk to you after the game on Saturday night.


  1. I feel your pain. I couldn't tell you what's going on with the Phillies right now. Maybe the big producers are too settled in with their new contracts and aren't playing with that "I have to prove myself" attitude. That's why I decided to have a little fun with my post tonight. I'm tired of being negative all the time.

    Like you said, it is only four games. The 1978 Yankees were doing pretty terrible up until the last month of the regular season and they managed to win it all again. I don't have my book on me, but I want to say that they were 11 games down at one point. Miracles do happen.

  2. Ian, you need to proofread your post before you put it up. The spelling errors and typos are distracting