Phillies: Hamels is scheduled to make his first start of the season in Coors Field after missing the home opener because he battled inflammation in his left elbow this spring. Obviously, it’s an understatement to say how important Hamels is to the rotation. He earned World Series and NLCS MVP honors, establishing himself as one of the game’s best big-game pitchers. Hamels enters every season thinking he could win a Cy Young award. There is no reason he cannot, but he must stay healthy to make that happen.
Rockies: After years as a junior rotation member on good teams, Marquis arrives as the oldest member of the Rockies’ rotation and the one with the most Major League experience. Given the leeway that comes with such status, Marquis sacrificed his spring to work on some new delivery mechanics. He was seeking a stronger leg push and more power when his motion takes him to the plate. Well, his early-spring performances were awful and panic, or at least worry, ensued in the Purple Pinstripe Nation. But sometime before his final Cactus League start, Marquis had enough control of his actions that he no longer had to think about them, and he pitched well. This is the Rockies’ home opener, and Marquis is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in five career starts at Coors in other uniforms.
I haven’t seen any reports on where Hamels’ velocity on his fastball is at but as long as he locates it better than he did against the Rays in his last exhibition game then I think he will be fine. Jason Marquis sucks and I will be pretty pissed if he don’t get a win in this game. I predict the biggest pain in the ass for the Phils today will Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, that guy can rake.
and now for the Douche of the Day…
There’s a reason the jersey was only $35, douche.
Picture via The Fightins.