Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hamels looks to follow up Halladay's dominant outing

Tonight's game at Washington is as big as the second game of the season could possibly be for the Phillies. Following up opening day's 11-1 demolition of the Nats, in which Roy Halladay and Placido Polanco couldn't have done better, Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phillies tonight.

Infamously, Hamels proclaimed that he couldn't wait for the season to be over last year during the World Series. Now a new season is here for Hamels and he is looking to start a new chapter and put last year's struggles behind him. Hamels is widely considered the key to the Phillies' 2010 season and with good reason. Obviously, if he returns to his previously dominant form pitching behind Halladay, the Phillies are going to win a whole lot of ball games.

Jason Marquis is making his Nationals debut. Marquis is a good pick-up for the Nats, and the sinker baller should do well in the large confines of Nationals Park.

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