Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Phillies got crushed by the Braves on Monday night in a 5-7 Opening Day loss. But let us begin with a bit of good news…Chase Utley was amazing. Utley collected 3 RBI on a homer, single and a triple, coming just a double short of hitting for the cycle. And that concludes the ‘good news’ portion of the program… In the bad news category, Cole Hamels faltered once again in his first start of the season. Hamels has now lost his first start of the season in 5 of his last 7 attempts. This year was different as he finally got to start on Opening Day, so the expectations were high. Allowing 5 runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs, was not exactly what everyone had hoped for. I blame the facial hair. Hamels had a full beard and mustache through most of Spring Training. On Friday afternoon, the hair was still there. But by Friday evening into Saturday, the beard disappeared. Finally, by Monday at game time the fuzz was history. I think all the furry drama threw his game off. It was tru...
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