As Cole Hamels and the Phillies prepare for the rubber match of their three-game set in San Diego, Jim Salisbury opines that the Phils and Yankees fit as trade partners, especially in the wake of Mark Teixeira's season ending.
Before getting to the game, this is a very logical fit. The Yankees need help at first base, third base and behind the plate, and the Phillies have veterans with expiring contracts at each of those spots who have been very productive in the past. Chase Utley could play first for the Yankees, Michael Young could play either corner infield position and Carlos Ruiz would be a significant upgrade on the Yankees' backstops.
Salisbury writes that the Yankees had a scout at a Phillies game last week, likely to check out Utley and Ruiz. Just something to keep an eye on as we near July.
On Wednesday, Hamels (2-10, 4.45) opposes rookie Robbie Erlin, who makes his second career start. Erlin arrived in San Diego from Texas at the 2011 trade deadline for Mike Adams.
Hamels has dominated his hometown team, going 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA and .186 opponents' batting average in 13 starts vs. the Padres. At PETCO Park, he has a 1.27 ERA.
Of course, no ballpark has been kind to Hamels in 2013. He's been the recipient of just 34 runs of support in 16 starts, and even when he has been staked to leads -- as he was last week against the Mets -- he's given them up. Hamels is not void of blame, here.
Hamels enters this start averaging 20.6 foul balls per game. He's pitched 6.25 innings per start this season after averaging 6.71 from 2010-12.
Erlin, a lefty, throws a low-90s fastball, a mid-70s curve and a changeup to righties. According to Pitch/FX data, his curve has even more vertical break than Cliff Lee's or Clayton Kershaw's.
The Phils are 25-7 all-time at PETCO and have only ever lost one series there, in 2006.
- Dom Brown on Tuesday became the youngest Phillie ever to hit 20 home runs before the end of June.
- The Phillies tied a season-high Tuesday with seven walks. Chase Utley set the tone with two tremendous at-bats. When the Phillies walk at least three times in a game, they're 26-13. When they don't, they're 11-28.
- Ryan Howard flew out to the warning track again. He's done that 16 times this season, according to FOX Sports' hit chart data. Eleven of those 16 flyouts have traveled at least 350 feet.
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Michael Young, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. John Mayberry Jr., CF
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Cole Hamels, P
1. Logan Forsythe, 2B
2. Chris Denorfia, CF
3. Carlos Quentin, LF
4. Chase Headley, 3B
5. Kyle Blanks, RF
6. Jesus Guzman, 1B
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Pedro Ciriaco, SS
9. Robbie Erlin, P