Phillies Win, But Hamels' Display Disappoints

Jared ShermanContributor IOctober 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after allowing a solo home run by James Loney #7 (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of Game One of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Cole Hamels may have come away with the win Thursday, but his behavior after Chase Utley’s 5th-inning throwing error was disturbing.

After Utley failed to complete a double play Chase threw his arms up in the air and stared in Utley’s direction. Not extremely demonstrative and I can understand his frustration, but you do not show up your teammates like that. Period.

Imagine if a grinder like Utley threw his hands up in disgust every time Hamels gives up a two-strike hit, or when one of his change ups get launched into the stands (see Ramirez, Manny).

Hamels has struggled all season, and while most of his struggles have to do with his inconsistent change up there has been an element of bad luck, and I think that’s what got to him in Game 1. Hollywood isn’t a chronic whiner, and by all accounts is a good teammate, but this kind of thing at this point of the season is unacceptable. Errors happen Cole, just make the next pitch.

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