Phillies Preview – April 17th 2011
April 17, 2011
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April 17th 2011 – 1:35 pm
Florida Marlins (8-5) Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies (9-4) Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59 ERA)
Mommy Nature ruined the Philly three pack yesterday as the Phillies got rained out. The Sixers struggled down the stretch losing game one against the Heat, but the Flyers salvaged Philadelphia’s sports day by holding on to even their series at one game a piece. The Flyers and Sixers get the day off while the Phillies finish their series with the Marlins with a little Sunday afternoon baseball.
The fish send Anibal Sanchez to the mound while the Phils counter with Cole Train. Sanchez has done one cool thing in his career and that’s throwing a no-hitter in his rookie season against the Diamondbacks in 2006. Since then he has had solid career numbers but has struggled to stay healthy. He’s struggled against the Phillies going 3-7 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 starts. Cole Hamels also entered the league in 2006. He hasn’t thrown a no-hitter, but has a World Series ring, World Series MVP award, was an all-star in 2007 and has made over 20 starts in each of his first 5 seasons. All in all a pretty impressive resume for someone who is just 27 years old. Cole was back on track against the Braves after a horrific opener against the Mets. He allowed only 5 base runners, striking out 8 in 7 strong innings.
The opening game of this series felt like it was played a week ago, but I still have one thing to vent about. Why didn’t Charlie bring in Bastardo to face Dobbs? Leaving Baez in to face the lefty made absolutely no sense that deep in the game. Was he planning on saving Bastardo to face someone in the 8th or 9th inning? Obviously not, that’s Madson and Big Truck territory. A frustrating loss was compounded with that mistake which could have at least gotten the Phils out of the 7th tied instead of trailing 4-3.
Keys To The Game
- Get that split. For the third straight series the Phillies loss the opening game. Unfortunately due to mommy nature they can’t win the next two games. A loss today won’t kill the Phillies, but it will give the Marlins a lot of confidence. Coming into Philadelphia and beating Oswalt and Hamels would do a lot for a young team.
- Cole, get deep into the game. The Phillies bullpen is really good in the 8th and 9th innings. The 7th? Ehhhh little shaky. In his career Cole has pitched into the 7th inning in 87 of his 151 starts. The sixth inning is his trouble inning in which he has a 5.03 ERA. In the 7th? a 2.40 ERA. Pretty much try to get into the 7th inning and limit the amount of innings the bullpen needs to use.
- Get the offense back on track. Obviously the offense was going to go into a little bit of a funk after its insane start, but a .218 batting average over the past five games is not good. Those are almost as bad as the New York Mets numbers! Anyway get it going against Anibal the Cannibal