Cole Hamels looks like he is putting 2009 behind him. Hamels pitched 3.2 innings allowing only one hit on a solo home run by Jose Bautista. He retired the first nine batters of the game, which is very impressive. The Phillies are really counting on Cole to revert back to his dominant 2008 self. They have a great deal of confidence in Hamels. That was the main reason that Ruben Amaro Jr. felt comfortable trading away Cliff Lee to replenish his farm system. Hamels struggled last year posting a 10-11 record with a 4.32 ERA. I think that Hamels will bounce back and win about 16 games. I really feel that his poor 2008 performance was due to him being heavily involved in the lecture circuit after the Phillies 2008 World Series Championship.
The Phillies were able to win this game 4-2. They got contributions from everybody in the lineup. John Mayberry Jr., Wilson Valdez, Cody Ransom, and Carlos Ruiz all had an RBI for the Phillies. Another bright spot was J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez acquired from the Mariners in the deal that also netted Tyson Gillies and Phillippe Aumont. Ramirez pitched 3.0scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits. So far, each of these three prospects has shown signs of brilliance. Aumont and Ramirez both had rocky first outings, but have rebounded with solid performances. Gillies has been hitting well and is a terror on the base path. In the long run, I think the Cliff Lee trade will turn out to benefit the Phillies in a huge way.