July 22, 2004

Still pissed about Hampton

Mike Hampton earned his second win in nine days against the Phils on Monday. He's 3-8 against the rest of baseball.

This is old news, but Monday’s loss to Mike Hampton is stuck in my craw.

Hampton, a garden-variety junkball lefty the Phils tend struggle with, is 2-0 against the Phils, 3-8 against the rest of baseball this season.

Before Monday, the Phils faced him just nine days earlier and were shut out 4-0, with Hampton going 8 with 5 Ks.

With nine days to regroup, the Phils came out Monday and blasted Hampton for a whole two runs in another futile loss; Hampton went 7 and got the win again.

How does that happen? The Phils lineup is loaded with NL veterans. The right-handers: Polanco ... he’s faced Hampton 39 times .... went 0-4 Monday. Burrell ... who’s seen him 24 times at the plate ... also 0-4.

How can a team come out twice in nine days and perform so poorly again Mike Hampton? Shouldn’t there be a nice, fat book on him in Bowa’s office? He’s only been in the NL since 1994.


At 10:46 AM, Blogger Tom said...

For what it's worth, the Phillies have had similar troubles against Al Leiter, another soft-tossing southpaw. Maybe if the top of the lineup took a pitch once in a while. . . .

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

I hope Randy Wolf takes plenty of notes whenever he watches Cigarette Leiter and Glavine. I'd take those two on my team in a heartbeat.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Hampton has their number, last year he pitched 7-8 odd innings of no hit ball. Phils finally scattered a few hits, and he was replaced by Smoltz...Phils pulled it out in the ninth.


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