Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Doc's GC provides huge lift over Atlanta, Hamels tonight

After Roy Halladay's spectacular complete game effort over Atlanta last night, the Phillies need to keep it going. They are four games behind the Braves, with an opportunity to close to within two if they take care of business today and tomorrow. They need to win at least one of the next two games to avoid falling back to five games back.

Halladay was terrific again last night, throwing his second complete game over the Braves in as many attempts this season. Tonight, Cole Hamels needs to follow suit. In his career versus Atlanta, Hamels is 8-5 with a 4.28 ERA. Atlanta's starter Jair Jurrjens is just 1-3 with a 5.59 ERA this season but he allowed just one run against Washington in his last start. In his career against the Phils, he's 3-3 with a 2.35 ERA.

The lineup needs to start producing runs more consistently. While last night's victory was a huge one, all of the RBI came from Greg Dobbs and Juan Castro. The core players need to start producing for this team to strive again.

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