The Rawlings Sporting Goods Company has released the official baseball in St. Louis on October 25, 2010 that will be used for the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants when that series begins on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Though he is a World Series MVP, Cole Hamels hasn't exactly garnered all the attention in this year's Phillies rotation as you think he would. The addition of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and again Cliff Lee has pushed Hamels stock down a little as he takes the ball this afternoon in Florida against the Yankees.
The Phillies seem like they are ready to get down to business this year. A rotation that they have in place doesn't happen very often, in fact more recently it just doesn't work like this at all anymore. Teams are lucky to have one 'ace' on a pitching staff, and the Phillies really are stacked with aces this year.
Will all the pieces stay in place to allow the Phillies a chance to get into the World Series again this year? Or will this show of pitching prowess be just as the Yankees found out that you can't 'buy' World Series appearances. We'll have a long road to see just what happens to the Phils, but the Spring season begins today, and it's so nice to have baseball back.
Check out the Phillies starting lineup vs. the Yankees from David Murphy at the Philly Daily New down in Florida here.
In case you missed it, Chad Durbin did sign with the Cleveland Indians yesterday. He will not be returning to the Phillies this year.