- In the span of 24 hours at one point this week, the Phillies had a slew of injury updates: Chooch (Grade 2 Hamstring strain); Utley (Mild Grade 1 oblique strain); Howard (left knee swelling; meniscus issue, which may require off-season surgery); and Adams (sent to DL on 5/20... retroactive to 5/11, activated today).
- Obviously, we have an explanation for Halladay: arthroscopic surgery to clean up a bone spur, bone chip, frayed labrum & partial rotator cuff tear will sideline him until mid-to-late August (he'll be throwing in about 5-7 weeks from today). He was sent to the 60-day DL.
- Back to Chooch, it is obvious his .325 season last year was an Adderall fluke, but his defense has never been flukish as evidenced by 2010.
Phillies ace Cole Hamels has essentially converted 1.0 K/9 to 1.0 BB/9 and has a partially skewed 1-7 record & 4.45 ERA. He is looking for more than the 2.8 runs of support the Phillies give him on average and was so frustrated, he didnt want to say something out of anger that he might regret, so he left the clubhouse after his last start. Perhaps the stress of having to be perfect each time out is a factor in the inflated ERA & BB rate and the deflated K rate. Let's hope Hamels gets three or more runs of support from the offense that is without Utley and Howard (DL and rest respectively) but has done better as of late.
Hamels will face Stephen Strasburg who is 2-5 with a respectable 2.66 ERA. The Nats also don't score a lot of runs, but Strasburg certainly helps himself out with the sub-3.00 ERA. Strasburg will face off against Charlie Manuel's line-up, who is batting .200 in their career against the Nats:
SS Rollins, 2B Galvis, 3B M. Young, RF D. Young, LF Brown, 1B Frandsen, CF Revere, C Quintero, P Hamels
Current score: 0-0 in the bottom of the first.