Ryne Sandberg Era Off to Rousing Start for the Philadelphia Phillies

By Joseph Hickman
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

So when Ruben Amaro Jr. said that he wants to evaluate Ryne Sandberg for the last 40-some games on the season, I wonder if he had this in mind. If Amaro really is going evaluate Ryne in these last games with this roster, he needs to step aside now. I mean, there won’t be many upset fans. Just saying…

The Philadelphia Phillies have been outscored 9-0 in two game under Sandberg. Oh, it gets better. They have a total of six hits, four errors and no runs. More errors then runs is always lovely to see. I almost forgot, the Phils didn’t have a runner get past first base until the eighth inning last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I guess Ryne’s evaluation is off to a rousing start.

I don’t even know where to start on Clayton Kershaw. He owned the Phils all night long. It just wasn’t fair. The Phils had only one extra base hit on the night and it belonged to Casper Wells. Hooray for Casper! The Dodgers are now 42-8 overall since June 22. That’s just ridiculous.

The Dodgers are looking for the sweep, and Ricky Nolasco will take the ball for them. Ricky is 9-9 with a 3.62 ERA and a 119:38 K:BB ratio. In his last outing, he went 6.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs while giving up two free passes and striking out two.

On the bump for the Phils will be Cole Hamels. The positive thing that you can take from the Phils since the All-Star break is that “Kid” Cole is back. He has four consecutive quality starts and threw a complete game in his last outing. Hamels is 5-13 with a 3.65 ERA and has a 146:41 K:BB ratio.

Joseph Hickman is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @phillytugger, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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