On Cole Hamels
We interrupt this riveting 1-1 game between the Phillies and Nationals for something completely unrelated. (Well, related in that it involves a Phillies player, at least).
One of my favorite baseball writers growing up, Jayson Stark, got an interesting take on Cole Hamels from an anonymous scout. Here it is... and it seems to make sense:
"I think he's become cutter-crazy and forgotten what makes him good. He's good when he's using his curveball to change people's eye level, but now, when he's throwing that high cutter, nothing is moving their eyes. To me, he has to be an up-and-down-the-ladder guy. He needs to go up and down the ladder with fastball-curve-changeup and then just show that cutter as a pitch to get in on a right-hander's hands. But he's hardly even using his curveball. If he's going to use a fastball/cutter/change mix, he's a No. 3 starter. If he's a fastball/curve/change guy, he's a No. 2 or a No. 1."