June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels deserved better and he deserves better. After the Phillies put up 22 runs in their previous two games, the offense reverted to its 2015 form in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. That meant no run support for the veteran lefthander who, by now, is used to that grim scenario. Hamels was also betrayed by his defense on this otherwise beautiful day in the Bronx. The box score said he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings during the Phillies' 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
June 25, 2015 |
LESS THAN 48 hours before his scheduled start came up last week, Cole Hamels was scratched. He had a minor hamstring injury, an ailment that was insignificant enough that he was able to throw his normal, in-between starts bullpen session without issue on Sunday, two days after that scheduled start. But Hamels had some fun with his teammates during the period of uncertainty, clearing out his locker. Perhaps they'd think he was traded, Hamels thought, trying a prank to lighten the mood on a team in the middle of a weeklong losing streak.
June 21, 2015 |
ON THE DAY he was supposed to take the mound against baseball's best team, only to have his start scratched with a minor right hamstring injury, Cole Hamels said he felt "really good. " He will not go on the disabled list. His eyes nearly rolled out of his head when he was asked - twice - about that possibility yesterday afternoon. Hamels plans to throw his regular, in-between starts bullpen session tomorrow with an eye on rejoining the Phillies' rotation Wednesday afternoon at Yankees Stadium.
May 29, 2015 |
COLE HAMELS will take the mound at Citizens Bank Park tonight. But the ticking clock on his Phillies career is growing louder by the day. Major League Baseball's trade deadline is two months from Sunday and the Phillies own the prize of the market. That is, of course, if they decide to trade Hamels at all. "Our hope is, within the time frame his contract is over, that we're back contending again," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this month about Hamels, whose current contract can keep him in a Phillies uniform through 2019.
April 7, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pat Gillick sat back in his chair and considered the hypothetical dilemma. You can have Cole Hamels on your team for as many as 5 more years, including this season. If you wanted to be able to compete as soon as, say, 2017, would you be in better shape with a 33-year-old Hamels on your roster, atop your rotation, or instead with the possible collection of prospects you might get back for him in a trade? "That's a hard question to answer - and I'm not trying to dodge it," Gillick said.
April 5, 2015 |
WHILE THERE have been a lot of changes concerning the 76ers this season, no position has been as tumultuous as point guard. Tony Wroten started the season at the position while Michael Carter-Williams recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. When MCW came back, Wroten became his backup until he suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Carter-Williams, of course, was dealt at the NBA trade deadline. Others have manned the position at one time or another, including Alexey Shved, Tim Frazier and Larry Drew.
March 6, 2015 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Another opponent, another model for coach Brett Brown. In the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brown sees an organization he wants his team to emulate. One that has used drafts, free agency and trades wisely to become one of the perennial powers in the rugged Western Conference. Eight of the players on the current roster were gotten by draft, six by trade and one through free agency. Much of the roster that faced the 76ers last night at Chesapeake Energy Arena was gotten just as recently as the trade deadline.
March 3, 2015 |
Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds doesn't want first-year general manager Ron Hextall to make any deals before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Monday. Truth be told, Hextall can't make any major moves unless he unloads some hefty salaries because the Flyers are close to the $69 million salary-cap limit. "I like the team we have," Simmonds said. "We've been playing pretty well. . . . Everyone likes each other, and if we can succeed, as is, I think that would be great. But I'm not the general manager, and I can't say what goes on. " The Flyers, crippled by a 9-17-6 road record, have 19 games left and are six points behind Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
February 20, 2015 |
BEFORE THE Sixers were turned on their ear yesterday with the trades of Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels, the players went through a workout in preparation for the final 29 games of the season. Despite all the guarded anticipation of the trade deadline, coach Brett Brown was pleased with the way his team shoved all distracting thoughts off to the side. "They just had as good a practice as they've had all year," said Brown. "They are together. Everybody understands the awkwardness of today.