Jonathan Pettibone has been a diamond in the rough for the Phillies so far this year, Pettibone was called up for John Lannan when he suffered an injury. Jonathan is now 3-0 in his first 5 starts to his Major League career. The Phillies have ended up winning 4 out of the 5 starts that Pettibone has started in as well.
Sometimes if you're good when you are called up from the minors, the scouting reports aren't all in on a pitcher, and these better pitchers can have a lot of success just based on Major League teams not knowing too much about how a young pitcher delivers his pitches. For others, they keep their success and become great major league pitchers, and it will be interesting to see a few more starts from Pettibone especially given the fact that Doc Halladay will be out most of the season, if not all of it.
Pettibone's wins so far have come with a combined 17 K's in all 5 starts, so he isn't exactly mowing down teams with strikeouts. Jonathan's ERA is a 3.41 which is below the league's average for starting pitchers.
Brown starting to show his Spring talentsDomonic Brown is starting to display a little of the greatness that he showed in Spring Training this year, he now has tied Chase Utley in home runs for the Phillies with 7. Ryan Howard is still lurking on the Phillies offense with 6 HR and 22 RBI on the season.
The Phillies have been very patient with Dom Brown, and early in the year in a locker room interview he made a comment that kind of didn't sit too well with some fans, that the Phillies can either 'play me ' or trade me, and it didn't seem too much of a difference to him what it was.
Utley's complaint of booing in the home confines
It's a long running tradition with some passionate Philly fans of baseball, when the Phillies don't do well, these fans start to get their emotions out and boo, yes, the Phillies did deserve to get booed the last time they played at Citizens Bank Park, they were lackluster and deserved to get motivated.
Chase Utley made mention of the booing in San Francisco out there when speaking about how great the fans were out there in the city by the bay.
Sorry, but this is Philly and when ballplayers are making millions of dollars to play a game, and don't do well at all, these players are going to hear it. The ticket fan base are a lot of blue collar workers, not corporate types that fill the seats in other stadiums.
Hamels is looking for win number 2 this afternoon
Cole's starts so far: