Can Cole Hamels Stop The Bleeding?
Working on their 5th straight series lost and only one win out of their last 9 games, the Phillies look like they are lying bleeding on the ER table, having severed a major artery. The blood spatter is enough to make the toughest CSI want to vomit. Brett Myers arrived on the mound last night DOA. No amount of resuscitation was going to help his cause as he began the game, giving up a home run on pitch #2. Pedro Feliz, thinking he may have caught a course or two in brain surgery during his college years, popped an awesome grand slam in the 3rd inning and I am sure assumed that he had, in fact, sutured the damage done by Myers and had the Phillies on their way to a win. But no…like a slasher in a bad movie, Myers took out his scalpel, stabbed it straight through the hearts of his teammates and gave all those runs right back again! Two plus innings of work, 5 walks, 5 earned runs on 5 hits and a homer…a blood bath, indeed.
After the 3rd inning slaying, the Phillies offense could do nothing, yet again, to repair their broken bats, which were also left lying on the operating table in shambles. Ryan Howard continues to hurt this team with his blind swings, incessant arguing with umpires over balls and strikes and basic attitude (see my rant in previous blog). I am so sick of it right now I may suffer a brain aneurism… Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz have not had hits since the Dark Ages… I do believe they have given new meaning to the term “flat-lined.” Love Eric Bruntlett in the field, but we know he still can’t hit, so why isn’t Charlie pinch hitting for him in key situations? Thank God for Pat Burrell…he seems to be the only player right now getting anything done, even if that means just drawing the walks. I hereby appoint Pat Top Surgeon! He needs to get out there and FIX all these broken bats! And sadly, he needs to do it before tonight’s game…eek!
So, can Cole Hamels put a stop to all this? Gee, I hope so because I seriously think another loss is going to land ME in the hospital! UGH! Anyway, as far as our pitching staff goes, I do believe last night was the last straw for Brett Myers. He is killing this team and it cannot continue. I have said it before multiple times and now I am going to say it again…I think it is time to try Chad Durbin as a starter. Yes, I love him as a long reliever too. Yes, I hate to disrupt that vibe too. But, do we have any other options for the next start? If we have someone in the minors who is honestly ready to come up right NOW, then ok, I say go with that. Or, if a trade happens between now and then, SUPER! But if not, I think our only option is switch Myers with Durbin. Brett just can’t be allowed to dig a deeper hole for this team. These guys need to see a light at the end of the tunnel…hopefully today, that light will be Cole Hamels.