News that Cole Hamels will miss a start underscores how fragile the Phils' rotation is at the moment, a nine-win road trip notwithstanding.
Hamels complained of stiffness in his last start, a loss to the Nationals. An MRI revealed shoulder inflammation. Roy Halladay was gassed in the ninth inning last night and it showed as he yielded three hits and the winning runs in a stunning and unnecessary loss to the Diamondbacks, who now stand 3-1 against the Phils this season.
The starting rotation also lost Roy Oswalt for two months of this season.
Cliff Lee routinely pitches complete games.
It's only mid August but the Phils' starting rotation appears to be overworked. Who's running the show? Charlie? Rich Dubee? The pitchers themselves?
Instead of setting themselves up for a post-season run, the Phils appear perilously close to setting themselves up for huge fall.