Cole Hamels had an unfortunate start to Saturday afternoon’s Grapefruit League start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He served up a solo home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then later let Jose Bautista go yard to straightaway center field. It’s the continuation of what has been a slow spring for Hamels, as he’s currently sporting a 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 spring innings. To his credit, Hamels settled down as those were the only two runs he allowed over 3 2/3 innings.
Hamels’ spring performance was frustrating Phillies fans and serving as a deterrent to some fans of other teams, as Matt Winkelman of Phillies Minor Thoughts highlighted on Twitter: