If a pitcher gets shelled as Cole Hamels did today, we shrug it off and say no big deal. The game doesn’t count, so the important thing is that he was just building up his arm strength. Yet on the other hand, if Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown are all off to hot starts, we don’t discount their production as souped up batting practice against opposing pitchers simply building arm strength. We have this cognitive dissonance that when our hitters slug this gives cause for optimism, but when Hamels and Lee get tagged – no big deal.
Tomorrow’s game brings some intrigue given that it’s the Nationals. I’m hoping that they bring their “A” team to Bright House, though the stars usually don’t make the long trips. I”ll be interested in seeing Bryce Harper for reasons I blogged about the other day. Jayson Werth? He might get a free pass to stay back in Viera at Space Coast Stadium. Then again, look who’s starting against us tomorrow.