Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Perfection due in Philadelphia Friday

King Cole Hamels has been officially brought up to the major leagues! After a stellar three start performance in AAA Scranton(23 IP, 36Ks, 1 walk, 1 ER), he proved all he could in the minors. He will debut against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, which has a darn good offense consisting of Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and Edwin Encarnacion. Hopefully his debut goes as well as the almost equally hyped Brett Myers' first start went. Myers dueled Mark Prior in Chicago and went 8 innings, giving up only 2 hits, 1 walk and a run while striking out 5. Hopefully Hamels can show off his tremendous stuff and give enough more hope to the fans, many of whom are quickly jumping on this bandwagon.

The only bittersweet part of this is that Ryan Madson is going to lose his spot in the rotation. Madson deserves more of a chance to prove himself, as he has had 6 starts, 3 of which have been good and 3 of which were bad. Hopefully Madson will flourish in the bullpen and get another chance to start, because it's doubtful that 6 starts in April and early May really showed that he couldn't start. Rather, Madson got run over by the Cole Hamels train.

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