Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gallardo-Hamels Game 1

I'm concerned about this match-up. I think Hamels will step up to the pressure of pitching Game 1 at home. Gallardo, however, presents some problems. The Phillies have a history of doing poorly against pitchers they don't know. Whether those pitchers turn out to be future Cy Young winners or just visiting the show for a quick cup of coffee, the Phillies manage to make all of them look like Hall of Famers.

And we've seen this team tank it offensively far too often. So, although Gallardo with only four starts this year might seem like easy pickings, I'll be much happier after the first inning if they've shown they can get to this flame-throwing righty.

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