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Cole Hamels excellent in return from disabled list

Aug 29, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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It’s safe to say that a little bit of rest was just what the doctor ordered for Cole Hamels.

Hamels, who placed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation, allowed one run on two hits over six innings tonight against the Reds. It was his first start since August 12.

The southpaw didn’t surrender his first hit until Brandon Phillips led off the fourth inning with a triple. It was ruled as a hit, even though the fly ball was badly misplayed by Hunter Pence in right field. Phillips eventually came in to score on a groundout by Joey Votto.

Hamels struck out seven while walking none and averaged 90.12 mph on his fastball, according to Brooks Baseball. He threw 50 out 76 pitches for strikes before being replaced by Antonio Bastardo to begin the bottom of the seventh inning with score tied at 1-1. While it would have been nice to see him stick around for a chance at the win, the Phillies are obviously more concerned about having him healthy and effective for the postseason.

  1. cleverbob - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    It was good to see him pitch effectively, but 90 mph fastballs aren’t going to cut it in the postseason. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s very likely that he’ll get it back up to early season velocity.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      That’s not true actually. His fastball in ’08 was around 90 mph and that is only when he threw a straight fastball and change up. I also wonder if the reports on average fastball velocity take into account when he throws his cutter, which clocks in at around 87.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM

        Ok, I just looked at fangraphs and they do clock the cutter separately.

      • cleverbob - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Yes it was fine in ’08, but hitters started to figure him out in the following seasons. At the beginning of this season he looked like a true, dominant ace thanks to the addition of the cutter, curve, and 2-3 mph on his fastball.

    • cleverbob - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      Everyone completely disagrees with me? You’re all comfortable with Cole tossing 90 mph heaters at the Brewers or Red Sox lineups? My feelings are hurt.

  2. FC - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Somewhere… Dominic Brown is having a chuckle…

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Yeah, but Brown would have proceeded to kick the ball into the corner giving Phillips and inside the park home run. Also, Brown committed his 4th error in LF for the Iron Pigs this evening.

      • FC - Aug 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        No need to be defensive Doc, it was a light jab.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 10:07 PM

        Sorry man. Wasn’t trying to be defensive.

      • sneschalmers - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:48 AM

        Just like dom brown.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      Dom Brown has 2 left feet in the OF. Pence is clearly better fielding. Oh and batting too.

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