Admitting that he entered the season behind schedule due to distractions, Cole Hamels continues to play catch-up this afternoon in the Phillies’ rubber match with Milwaukee. First pitch is 1:05.
Summary: Hamels is due. Actually, the Phillies haven’t had a dominant start all season by anyone. Hamels has been roughed up to the tune of an 11.17 ERA in two starts so far, victimized by too many mistakes out over the plate. Reluctant to throw a lower-velocity fastball, hitters have also been sitting on his off-speed stuff. On the other side, local product Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40) starts for Milwaukee. The briefcase symbolizes today’s Business Person’s Special.
Hitters off to chilly start in minors: Pitching is hot, but the top-rated bats are not. No. 1 rated prospect Dominic Brown is hitting .256/.360/.326 with 10 strikeouts in 50 plate appearances in Clearwater. Shortstop Jason Donald (No. 4) is hitting .246/.283/.351 with 14 strikeouts in 59 plate appearances in Lehigh Valley. Outfielder Michael Taylor (No. 6) is off to a poor start, hitting .229/.317/.257 with 15 strikeouts and only one extra-base hit in 40 plate appearances. Catcher Travis D’Arnaud (No. 7) is hitting .245/.283/.367 at Lakewood, while teammate Zach Collier (No. 8) is hitting .175/.283/.325.