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The inevitable bad start

Look what the media and the fans in Philadelphia created: a God-like atmosphere surrounding not just the team but the starting rotation.

Baseball fans all over the country expect to see the Phillies starters to go 20-5 each with sub-2.50 ERA’s and seven innings each.

This is why I laughed at some of the reactions from Phils fans and even fans of opposing teams after the Phils 6-3 loss to Atlanta on Friday: “I thought Cliff Lee was an ace? Isn’t your rotation unbeatable? Over rated!”

One tweet earlier read: “Cliff Lee standing next to Cole Hamels? How have they not collapsed into the vortex of suck that is swirling between them?”

Lee was bounced in the fourth, going 3 1/3 innings while allowing six runs on 10 hits, one walk and striking out three. It was his worst start since September 4, 2009 at Houston when he lasted three innings, allowing nine hits, 6 runs and a homer while striking out three.

So far this season, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and now Lee have been rocked for a lot of runs and early exits. It’s April, guys. The Boston Red Sox are 1-6. Does this mean Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez were huge wastes of money?

Flyers fans are crapping themselves with one game left in the regular season and their team playing with as much heart as the Islanders. But that’s justified because very soon, they will be in a do-or-die scenario.

But with a 5-2 record and 155 games to play, the fact anyone is taking three bad starts for the Phillies rotation seriously is a joke. Here, I’ll leave the door open on the back of the wagon so you can easily fall off.

It’s the beauty of baseball. You see crazy things happen all the time, especially in the opening month. You see unexpected players tear it up and you see super stars struggle.

What makes baseball so special is it’s unpredictable. You don’t know what’s going to happen because there are 162 games in a season.

But there can be one thing guaranteed.

Lee will bounce back. Hamels, who struggles badly on day games, may not do it immediately on Sunday but will do it this season. Blanton is a much better pitcher than the fifth inning imploder we saw on Wednesday.

Will Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt have bad outings this season? You betcha. Will Hamels, Lee and Blanton struggle in an inning or two? Of course.

It’s day seven, folks. Just enjoy the season. Great things will happen. I guarantee it.

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One response to “The inevitable bad start

  1. Dan MacNeal April 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    It’s Philly you know people get so down when things are bad. Things’ll be fine. Not worried.

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