Cole’s 2 Nemesis


Sometimes it is difficult to figure out this game of baseball.  Take Hamels, for instance.
He’s a quality big league pitcher with some interesting numbers:

Career: 109-86, 3.29 ERA
Home: 54-43, 3.26
Road: 55-43, 3.32
Month of May: 23-12, most wins for any month.
0-2 Run Support: 11-60, that’s shocking.

More shocking.  He’s 9-15, 3.24 against the Marlins and 8-14, 4.09 vs. the Mets.  They are the only two teams with double-digit wins over Hamels.  He’s 1-3 this season, 0-2 vs. the Marlins.

Just hard to believe that 29 of his 86 losses have come against two NL East teams, teams that haven’t exactly being power houses during his career in the majors.

So, Hamels starts tonight against the Mets’ Matt Harvey who is poison against the Phillies, 5-0, 1.60 out of a career 17-10 record.  At Citizens Bank Park, 3-0, allowing a total of three runs in 19.1 innings.

Time to flip the results.

Special Presentation
Before tonight’s game, Ryan Howard will receive the first base bag from the game in Miami last Friday. Pat Gillick will make the presentation.  Howard played in his 1,299th game at first base that night, breaking the long-time Phillies record set by Fred Luderus.

Who is Luderus?  Check out to answer that question.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (8-20)
Next: Following a day off on Thursday, Phillippe Aumont (1-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Gwinnett.

Reading Fightin Phils (15-10)
Next: Spent Thursday riding the bus to Erie.  LHP Tom Windle (0-1), 6:35 tonight in Erie.

Clearwater Threshers (14-14)
Won, 6-2, at Daytona behind LH Brandon Leibrandt (3-1), 8-5-2-2-2-7.  SS J. P. Crawford, 2-4, with 2 fielding errors.  LF Andrew Pulli, 2-5, 2 RBI.
Next: RH Victor Arano (0-2), 7:05 tonight in Daytona.

Lakewood BlueClaws (13-14)
Augusta pushed across 3 unearned runs in the top of the ninth for a 4-2 win. Lakewood had only 7 hits, 4 by SS Malquin Canelo and 2nd HR by C Deivi Grullon, a solo shot in the last of the ninth. No decision for rehab starter, Sean O’Sullivan, 4.1-5-1-1-1-5. LP: Tyler Viza (3-1), 4-3-3-0-2-2.
Next: RH Ranfi Casimiro, 7:05 tonight vs. Augusta.

Tallest Phillie?
When 6-foot-7 Elvis Araujo relieved in Atlanta, it prompted Dennis Orlandini, a long-time Phillies fan to e-mail a couple of questions: Do you keep any records on the tallest Phillies players in history? Would you know who is the tallest non-pitcher?

Sorry, we don’t keep a list but I do recall Gene Conley, a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies in 1959-60, was 6-8.  Tallest position player that comes to mind is Jayson Werth, 6-5.

If anyone has other candidates, post it for everyone to read.

Third Generation?

Piper Wine
2-year-old Piper Grace Wine models a 1968 Phillies uniform which belongs to her grandfather, Bobby Wine.  Piper’s dad, Robbie, played two years in the majors with the Astros.  His brother, Cory, was once drafted by the Phillies.

One thing about Piper, she takes after her grandmother, Fran Wine, in looks, smile and personality. That’s a good thing.






Wasn’t Jeff Juden 6’8″ or 6’9″?

I think Conley also has the distinction of being the only player to win championships in two (major) sports. World Series with the ’57 Braves and basketball, with the Celtics. Earle “Greasy” Neale won a Series with the 1919 Reds as a player and football championship as head coach of the Eagles.

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