Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2009 Topps Ring of Honor #RH4 Cole Hamels

Phillies 7, Pirates 2
Spring Training Game 34 - Tuesday Night, April 3rd in Philadelphia
Record - 14-16-4

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies won the final game of Spring Training, 7-2, behind the pitching of Cole Hamels and a three-run home run from Placido Polanco.

What It Means:  After a month of meaningless games, the exhibition season is over.

What Went Right:  Hamels pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five.  The offense looked ready for the regular season, banging out 11 hits.  The big blow was Polanco's blast in the fifth, which essentially put the game away for the Phils.

Featured Card:  The quest for the next ring begins on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh, when Roy Halladay takes to the mound against the Pirates.  Hamels will have to wait until Monday for his first start of the season.  That's when the 2008 N.L.C.S. and World Series MVP will pitch the team's home opener against the Miami Marlins.

This is Hamels' card from the Ring of Honor insert set found within packs of 2009 Topps cards.  The set paid tribute to a few players on both Phillies World Championship squads from 1980 and 2008.  I'd love to see this insert set return in 2013 featuring members of the 2012 Phillies team.  Play ball!

Camp Headcount:  Still 35.

The Phils will need to drop 10 players from the roster between now and Thursday's matinee opener.

UPDATE:  The Phillies trimmed their roster to 25 late last night.  I'll have a post up tonight with my thoughts on the final 25.

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