Sunday, September 28, 2014

Season Over, Preview of Posts

Well, the Phillies lost their final game of the season 2-1 against the slumping Braves, giving the Phillies the same record as last year: 73-89. Here's a brief recap:

Hamels' 30th start of the year was another great outing: 2 ER, 8 IP, & 7 K for another tough-luck loss. If you want proof that the win statistic should no longer be considered for the Cy Young award, listen to this: Since June 1, Cole Hamels has the 2nd best ERA in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw. Hamels' effort gives him ~200 K & ~203 IP for the year, becoming the first Phillies Pitcher since Steve Carlton to throw 200-plus innings in five consecutive seasons, a feat "Lefty" accomplished from '72 to '80.

Hamels' bounce-back (off-season shoulder tendinitis), Cy-Young-esque 2014 is one of many bright spots this year, but in a loosing season, the bad will outweigh the good. I will break down the performances of the 2014 Phillies in a game of "Stay or Go?". Look for that entry, off-season previews, 2014 moments and possibly more entries over the coming days/ weeks. I can tell you this: changes are coming. One has already occurred: the team announced that Marti Wolever (the long-time scout-in-charge of the first-year player draft) will not return in 2015. Good luck, Marti.

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