Cole Hamels gets the start tonight as the Phillies open the season against righty Tim Hudson and the Braves. Hamels was fantastic in official spring action, throwing to an 0.96 ERA with an 0.79 ratio. He was also hit hard in a start against the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic game that didn’t count towards official stats, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings in that outing.
Hamels comes off of a fantastic 2012 season in which he threw to a 3.05 ERA and a 1.12 ratio in 31 starts while striking out 216 in 215 1/3 innings. He has finished in the top ten in NL Cy Young voting in each of the last two seasons.
Brian McCann (who is on the DL) hits Hamels pretty hard. 281/359/544 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 57 at-bats. Hamels has handled Uggla (.145 against Hamels in 55 at-bats) and Freddie Freeman (6-for-23 with a home run) and he won’t have to deal with Chipper anymore. Chipper hit 302/400/581 against Hamels for his career. BJ Upton 0-for-2 against Hamels. Justin 5-for-15 with five singles.
Hudson made seven starts this spring, pitching to a 3.90 ERA with a 1.30 ratio. He threw to a 3.62 ERA and a 1.21 ratio over 28 starts in 2012. Five of those starts came against the Phillies. Two of them were really good, two were bad and he allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in the other. Overall he threw to a 3.99 ERA and a 1.23 ratio against the Phils in 2012.
Howard has hit 338/436/708 with seven home runs against Hudson for his career. John Mayberry is 4-for-13 with two home runs. Rollins 218/265/462 in 78 at-bats. Utley 210/325/306 in 62 at-bats. Michael Young faced him a lot while Hudson was with Oakland, he’s 9-for-28 with a double (321/367/357). Revere has never faced him. Brown 1-for-6 with a single. Nix 8-for-26 with a double and a home run (308/333/462).
The Phillies dropped games to the Blue Jays on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon.
Friday night they lost 1-0. Cliff Lee started and threw four scoreless innings. Horst, Adams and Papelbon combined to throw four scoreless frames. JP Arencibia homered off of Aumont to start the fifth, which was the only run of the game. The Phillies had four hits in the game. A double by Kratz and singles by Rollins, Howard and Utley.
Kendrick was hit hard on Saturday afternoon, allowing five runs in three innings, as Toronto topped the Phils 10-4. Zach Miner also allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Mayberry hit a solo home run for the Phils and Michael Young had two hits, including a two-run double.
The Start Log is ready to go.
Here’s the 25-man roster for the Phillies. Inciarte makes the team. Quintero the backup catcher. Aumont, Valdes, Horst all in the pen. Stutes to Triple-A. The Phillies have three lefties in the pen and no real long man. If you think Chad Durbin is a good candidate to regularly go more than one inning, my guess would be that watching him try to pitch more than one inning will change your mind. Inciarte is a bad use of a roster spot. The Phillies have five outfielders on the team and three of them are Mayberry, Nix and Inciarte. That means their outfield is not very good.