Almost a week ago to the day an extremely rare earthquake shook the East coast. That same day, Phillies ace Cole Hamels was placed on the disabled list with a sore, tired shoulder.
And now today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the sun is shining and Hamels has been activated and will pitch tonight.
All is right again.
Really, the only person having a bad day today is Pete Orr, who has been sent back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
This season, Hamels has been Cy Young-worthy, going 13-7 with a 2.62 ERA. His start tonight kicks off the drive to the playoffs, with the Phillies set to take on the Cincinnati Reds in a four-game set as part of a seven-game road trip. This will be Hamels first start in 17 days, and it’s huge not only for him but for the Phillies as a whole. Thanks to Irene, the Phillies are now scheduled to play 33 games in the next 31 days, so winning early and often will be huge in setting up days off prior to the start of the postseason. A gem from Hamels would do a lot to set the tone for the next month while allowing key players to rest up prior to the postseason.
Opposing Hamels for the Reds is Homer Bailey, who this season is 7-4 with a 4.44 ERA. The matchups for the rest of the series have Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) taking on Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02), Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) opposing Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10), who is making yet another attempt to resucitate his career, and finally Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) faces Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04) on Thursday.
After the Reds series the Phillies head down to Florida where they’ll hope to avoid more hurricanes.
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