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!

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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.

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I’ll say Brett has pitched himself out of the rotation. I mean, how many pitchers are given a four run lead and then proceed to give it back. As for his next start, the Phils will probably use Durbin since he did start out as a starter when they got him in a trade over a year ago. As for Myers and the bullpen, I’m not sure if that would be a smart move in the long run with the way Myers is pitching at the moment. We’ll see. As for help from the farm system, if its there, would the silent idiots allow him to be brought up to help the big club? I wouldn’t be surprise if they be’d more concerned about how much money he would cost them in the future then about the team’s pennant chances. (That’s seems to be their major concern, not the fans. Ours is seeing another championship flying over Citizens Bank.)

I’ll say Brett has pitched himself out of the rotation. I mean, how many pitchers are given a four run lead and then proceed to give it back. As for his next start, the Phils will probably use Durbin since he did start out as a starter when they got him in a trade over a year ago. As for Myers and the bullpen, I’m not sure if that would be a smart move in the long run with the way Myers is pitching at the moment. We’ll see. As for help from the farm system, if its there, would the silent idiots allow him to be brought up to help the big club? I wouldn’t be surprise if they be’d more concerned about how much money he would cost them in the future then about the team’s pennant chances. (That’s seems to be their major concern, not the fans. Ours is seeing another championship flying over Citizens Bank.)

I’ll say Brett has pitched himself out of the rotation. I mean, how many pitchers are given a four run lead and then proceed to give it back. As for his next start, the Phils will probably use Durbin since he did start out as a starter when they got him in a trade over a year ago. As for Myers and the bullpen, I’m not sure if that would be a smart move in the long run with the way Myers is pitching at the moment. We’ll see. As for help from the farm system, if its there, would the silent idiots allow him to be brought up to help the big club? I wouldn’t be surprise if they be’d more concerned about how much money he would cost them in the future then about the team’s pennant chances. (That’s seems to be their major concern, not the fans. Ours is seeing another championship flying over Citizens Bank.)

Sorry about the triple post, but there seems to have been a problem uploading a comment to your blog. No idea why it was so.

HI there :o) No problem…this Moveable Type engine they use at MLBlogs has all kinds of weird glitches from time to time…ya never know what it might do next! But yeah, it always seems to be about the money with this team. They are never going to bring the WS here unless they loosen the belt for once!

Well, that’s only going to happen when someone remind them that they should stop seeing the Phillies as a tax right off.

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