Power Rankings: Top 20 Starting Pitchers in ’15

Happy Monday everyone! This is the last of my positional power rankings. Thank you for all of the support and good feedback. Baseball season starts six days from today, and I guess we’re going to find out just how smart I am when we see which of my predictions will come true. So without further ado: 20-16 Matt Harvey (New York Mets)/ Garrett Richards (Los Angeles Angels)/ Masahiro...
Via Baseball Essential
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

On Roster Or Not, Swihart To Philly Deal Off

Blake Swihart (FenwayNation File Photo)Whether or not Blake Swihart makes Boston's Opening Day roster, any potential deal of the young catcher for Cole Hamels is now a virtual impossibility. With Christian Vazquez on the 60-day DL (and possibly gone for the year with Tommy John surgery), Swihart has a shot at making the big league roster. This, despite Monday's acquisition of defensive...
Via FenwayNation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz Will Start for Red Sox Opener, Possibly Change Your Oil

The news that Clay Buchholz has been officially named the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox was hardly a surprise? Who else was gonna get the nod? Joe Kelley? Justin Masterson? You, Lieutenant Weinburg? Naw, this was The Clay Show from the minute the gates opened in Fort Myers, and it will remain that way barring injury, Cole Hamels, or complete mental breakdown. And I seriously...
Via Surviving Grady
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies name Cole Hamels as Opening Day starter

Earlier on Sunday,  Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that the Philadelphia Phillies announced that Cole Hamels will be the team’s Opening Day starter. This announcement was expected as Hamels is the Phillies best pitcher on the staff but who doesn’t like a bit of excitement. In Hamels’ latest Grapefruit League appearance three days ago against the Toronto...
Via Total Sports Live
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels To Start Opening Day for Phillies

Earlier this afternoon Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg named Cole Hamels the opening day starter.  Hamels was the obvious choice and it was not much of a question as to who would start opening day.  The questions are who else is going to make up the 2015 starting rotation for the Phillies. Cliff Lee is already on the 60 day DL and there is a good chance he will miss the entire season...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Bold prediction for 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies will explode the core of their team and be the worst team in the NL East. While the Phillies’ terrible team play and attempts to trade some of their major contributors is obviously not a recipe for success, but I believe they will “shoot for the moon” and pull a full-on Sam Hinkie (shout out to Sixers fans that are still hanging in there). They are...
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Revere named starting left fielder; Hamels gets the nod for Opening Day

Before Sunday's game against the Tigers, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg officially named Cole Hamels the teams' Opening Day starter for the April 6th game against Boston. Aaron Harang will follow Hamels in the rotation. Sandberg stated the obvious. Hamels on opening day. Harang game 2. He also said Revere now...
Via Philliedelphia
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Hamels named Phillies’ Opening Day starter

Cole Hamels will start for the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day, followed by Aaron Harang.
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MLB Predictions: 10 Sizzling Baseball Takes For 2015 Season (Photos)

This embed is invalid" /> The Major League Baseball season is almost here. Let’s throw crap at the wall. Making predictions always ends up being a fruitless exercise, as it really just opens the door for outside criticism and relentless heckling. But since yours truly is immune to both of those activities, let’s rattle off some sizzling sports...
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Hamels strong, Giles shaky in loss to Blue Jays

This afternoon, Cole Hamels rebounded from a rough outing in his last start, but unfortunately Ken Giles got hit hard as the Phillies eventually ended up falling to Toronto, 4-1. After a struggling for most of the spring, Cole Hamels looked more ready to start Opening Day. In five innings...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels 5 scoreless innings as Phils lose to Blue Jays 4-1

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Cole Hamels allowed two hits in five scoreless innings during the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. A focus of trade speculation, Hamels didn't allow a hit until Kevin Pillar reached on an infield single leading off the fifth. Hamels picked off Pillar, Dalton Pompey tripled to left-center field and Hamels struck out Jose Reyes...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino Fires Back At Mookie Betts-For-Cole Hamels Assumptions

This embed is invalid" /> Shane Victorino cut quite the promo for WrestleMania season. Victorino on Thursday refuted the assumption he would like the Boston Red Sox to trade fellow outfielder Mookie Betts in exchange for Philadephia Phillies ace Cole Hamels. The Flyin’ Hawaiian did so in emphatic fashion, calling for the radio hosts who made the...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino rips radio hosts for twisting Hamels trade talk

Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is not pleased with a pair of radio hosts who attacked his character for seemingly no reason on Wednesday. In a recent article from Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Victorino was asked about the prospect of reuniting with his former Phillies teammate Cole Hamels. The Red Sox...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9)

Philadelphia Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Cole Hamels vs.TOR: Alex Sanchez Time: 1:07 EST, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, FloridaTV: NoneWeather: Cloudy, 78 DegreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today:  It was announced this morning that top short stop prospect J.P. Crawford will miss 4 to 6 weeks due to a strained oblique....
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Victorino Comments Worthy Of Firestorm?

(Getty Images)Ladies and gentleman, we finally have our first Spring Training controversy. Talk radio is going bananas today over comments made yesterday by Shane Victorino to a Philadelphia newspaper. Basically, Victorino said he would love to have Cole Hamels in Carmine Hose—essentially no matter what the price. That last part is the rub—construed by some as throwing outfield...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching prospect Severino Gonzalez gets the nod as Phillies visit Braves

Yesterday afternoon, behind starter David Buchanan, the Phillies blanked the Twins 3-0. A two-run home run from Cody Asche was the highlight for the offense while the pitching impressed as well. Buchanan could start the season as the number two starter behind Cole Hamels if he keeps pitching like he...
Via Philliedelphia
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels recovers from shaky first inning, but Phillies fall to the Blue Jays

Cole Hamels took the mound in Clearwater today against their closest neighbors in Florida, the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamels was mostly good, sans two home runs off of a couples bats of Blue Jays hitters in the first inning. Both Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista took Hamels deep to give...
Via Philliedelphia
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels gives up 2 homers, Blue Jays show off power in win

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Cole Hamels gave up two home runs and Chase Utley made his first start at second base this spring in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Jose Reyes hit Hamels' first pitch of the game for a home run to left field. Two batters later, Jose Bautista also took Hamels deep, sending a drive to straightaway center field. Hamels...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels starts while Utley debuts at second and Revere plays left

View image | After blowing a lead in yesterday's loss to the Pirates, the Phillies (9-8-1) are back in Clearwater for a 1:05 matchup against the Blue Jays (10-8). With the Texas Rangers and Phillies in talks for a potential Cole Hamels deal, the ace left-hander will look to...
Via Philliedelphia
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers and Phillies are reportedly actively talking about Cole Hamels

Will the Phillies trade Cole Hamels before Opening Day? While things had slowed down, injuries to some top pitchers have changed the trade landscape. We all know that Boston does not wish to give up a top prospect in order to land Hamels, but might someone else? Jon Heyman of...
Via Philliedelphia
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Phillies are struggling to trade Cole Hamels

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Perhaps the most interesting trade piece to watch throughout the spring and throughout the season is Cole Hamels. There is no doubt that Hamels is a very attractive player, so why on earth can the Phillies not find a deal? Why don’t we look at some possible reasons. Asking price – Perhaps the most glaring reason, the Phillies are clearly asking...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Buchanan Poised for Breakout Season?

After it was announced that Cliff Lee will be placed on the 60-day disabled list, David Buchanan will need to step up for the Phillies. So far this spring, he has done that. The 25-year-old right-hander could be as high as the number two starter behind Cole Hamels in the starting rotation if his success on the mound continues. In 11 innings-pitched this spring, Buchanan has held...
Via Phillies Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies willing to swallow a ‘significant sum’ to trade Ryan Howard

The Philadelphia Phillies are telling teams that they’re “willing to swallow” approximately $50 million of the $60 million remaining on first baseman Ryan Howard in order to trade him this season, reports Anthony Castrovince of Sports On Earth. Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged...
Via Sports-Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

One ace remains with the Phillies: Cole Hamels

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were in the ballpark together one more time, each guy going a different direction. Halladay is retired now and thinking about a career as a sports psychologist. Lee is facing an uncertain future as he tries to rehab an elbow injury without surgery. Hamels is stuck on a rebuilding team and hoping for a chance to win somewhere...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Davis hits 3-run homer off Hamels as Orioles rout Phils 16-4

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Chris Davis hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels in the first inning, one of five home runs Monday for the Baltimore Orioles in a 16-4 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies. Davis was 3-for-4 with his second homer of spring training, a double, four RBIs. He led major leagues with 53 home runs in 2013, then hit .196 with 26 homers last season, when he battled an...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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