Cole Hamels took an absolute beating versus the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. I can’t imagine the Philadelphia Phillies have to be pleased with this after the organization invested more than $150M in the star before the 2012 season.
Prior to this shelling Hamels was moderately successful pitching in five innings allowing just one run and striking out six batters this Spring. Hamels has shown the ability to mow down even the most talented offenses, however a dominican squad with six possible MLB All-Star’s simply got the best of him. It wasn’t pretty as Hamels surrendered eight runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings which is by far his worst outing of the spring.
The Domicans had Hamels pegged from the get-go as Jose Reyes homered and his former teammate Hanley Ramirez doubled off of Hamels twice in less than three innings. 38-year-old Miguel Tejada didn’t even play in the MLB last year and he had an extra-base hit off of Hamels with his second double of the spring–his first came with the Kansas City Royals earlier this spring.
It was a down year for Philly last year as the club won just 81 games after they had preseason expectations to win the NL East. 2012 can be chalked up to a bad year offensively as the staff was 11th in the league with a team ERA of 3.83 and were second in the entire league with 1385 strikeouts.
Hamels can’t make outings like this a habit in 2013 as the Phillies are without Vance Worley who was dealt to the Minnesota Twins after starting 44 games for the Phillies in the last two seasons combined.
I’ll just call Hamels’ latest performance a mulligan and assume he will be the 17-game-winner that he was in 2012 where he posted a career high 216 strikeouts.