Thursday, May 11, 2006

Welcome Cole Hamels, but first...

Thank you to Ryan Madson. Ryan, from what I've seen of how you're handling this, you have class, which isn't something that any amount of wins or losses can bring. It seems obvious that you're disappointed in moving to the 'pen, but you're taking it for the team, and we appreciate it. Keep it up, your day will come.

As far as Hamels, I think that we should allow him at least a start or two before anointing him "King?" Remember how jazzed we all were when Floyd and Madson were announced as starters after incredible springs? Major League hitters have a way of being better than triple A hitters. Let's not get so excited that we are setting "Young King Cole" up to be booed if he strikes out less than 15 every game.

Lastly, well done to the Phillies for a challenging and enjoyable win streak. Come from behind wins, strong pitching, hitting, and luck all played their parts. Wonderful baseball.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger Tom Goodman said...

I was not among those who were "jazzed" when Madson and Floyd entered the rotation believing Madson didn't have command of enough pitches to make the transition and Floyd lacked the confidence. In the end, it is tough to rely on too many youngsters in the starting rotation at the same time. I, too, am not ready to annoint Hamels the savior (though I secretly harbor the fantasy he is one of those once-in-a-decade phenoms).

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Pawnking said...

How can it be a secret if you just told us about it?

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Oisín/Wizlah said...

so, pk, if Madson got his curve together again, odds on him making it into the rotation as a younger cory lidle? This would not be a bad thing. Like you said, a class act.


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