This just in from the "Team-To-Beat" Department: My very own Phightin' Phils today spoiled a fine outing by Cole Hamels (again) and lost to the Mets by allowing 8 unanswered runs after Hamels left the game with a 5 - 3 lead.
Welcome to your initial rant on the 2007 Phillies.
The reason for the Ramones lyric to lead off this piece is that the Phillies have now started off the year 1-6 for three straight seasons. Bottom line: we've seen this before. The thing is, too, that all off-season long...for the last THREE YEARS this team has preached the importance of fundamentals and a strong start to the season. No kidding. I mean, it is the number one story all spring long. We're nauseous from hearing about it. And then this.
Check out Cole Hamels stats through two starts: 13 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 15 K, 1.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP. Zero wins.
You know what? Further along in the song, Joey actually sings "Third verse, DIFFERENT from the first...". Too bad the Phillies must not be Ramones fans. This year was supposed to be different.
Why do I get the feeling this could be a long season?