So this is what Cole Hamels was supposed to look like this season. Please allow me the following premature and slightly extreme statement (It is 1 am). The Phillies haven’t had a legitimate ace in their starting rotation and been a good team since 1983. That year John Denny won the Cy Young award, and Steve Carlton was at the tail end of his dominance. I know Cliff’s made four starts, and he’s not going to be this good, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d have been a 20 game winner if he pitched here all season. No doubt at all. Twenty in fact, seems a little conservative.
Watching the games is a revelation. Oh, this is what someone with command looks like. Games don’t have to last three and half hours. You don’t have to throw 120 pitches in 6 innings. This is groundbreaking stuff. To say that Lee has exceeded expectations would be a huge understatement. He absolutely, could not have been any better than he’s been so far. It’s been great to watch, and tonight he completely overmatched the D-Backs, and the Phils hitters knocked around Dan Haren a bit, and the game was stress free after the fifth inning. That may be Lee’s biggest benefit. If Brad Lidge takes years off your life, Cliff “Mother Lovin” tries to put them back on.
Oh you want a G&T Weds wrap-up? I know it was the only post I managed Wednesday so I guess I better come full circle. I was going to do a Solheim Cup preview, but….What can I say, sometimes nothing really hits me. If anyone has any suggestions like BK’s brilliant QB rating post…I’m definitely open for them. I’m only one man…with an abnormally large brain. S0, G&T Weds? Well, it was awesome, obviously.
Couple things of note: Someone I was with ordered this Pineapple Vodka thing called a “Stoli Doli”. Now, what happens is, you order this drink, and then a guy makes out with you. I’m joking, but on G&T Wednesday? It was borderline. What else happened? Well, Haas ordered a Gin Rickey, which is advanced Gin ordering, apparently. No one in the joint knew what it was, but long story short…he didn’t get charged for it. I had a mild wave of BK’s described “gin rage” come over me when some guy referred to his Heineken as a “green tea.” Also, someone’s possible attempt to visit bartenderville was cut tragically short. Reason, “they just came from two different worlds.” Needless to say, see everyone next Wednesday.
Even though it makes no sense whatsoever, I’m ready to propose the nickname, Cliff “G&T” Lee. Catchy, I think.