Thursday, July 05, 2007
Keith Woolner wrote a nice piece contained in Chapter 2.3 of Baseball Between the Numbers (entitled “Five Starters or Four?”) and came to this conclusion: “Throwing is not dangerous to a pitcher’s arm. Throwing while tired is dangerous to a pitcher’s arm.” I suppose that if the Phillies take precautions and let Hamels rest between starts – the Phillies, like pretty much every other team in baseball, utilize a five-man rotation which ensures that their starters are throwing on four or five days rest – it won’t be an issue, but you do have to worry that Charlie Manuel will risk the temptation of doing damage to Hamels arm because leaving Hamels in to throw a complete game is less risky than turning a 2-1 lead over to the Phillies bullpen. Hopefully the return of Brett Myers will alleviate this concern.
Just when it looked like the Mets were going to run away with the N.L. East and kick the Phillies to the curb, they proceed to go out and lose three consecutive games to the Colorado Rockies. Yes, the Rockies. Go figure. The Rockies pounded the Mets pitching for 34 runs in the series, a staggering total which ought to give Mets fans something to think about as their team staggers into a four-game series with the Houston Astros.
The Phillies haven’t been playing particularly well of late – two wins in their last seven games – but they are just four games out of first place and one game out of second place. I know Phillies fans, as a breed, have little faith in their team, but the news is generally good for this team. They’ve shaken off a terrible start to get into the race, they’ve stumbled but so have their foes. They could very well get in, and possibly win. We’ll have to see.
Meanwhile, the Phillies get those very same Rockies tomorrow in the Mile-High City.
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