Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better: Royals at Phillies Game Thread, April 7, 2013

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Cole Hamels cannot let John Lannan out pitch him. CANNOT!

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Scene: Philadelphia. Early morning. Cole Hamels is out getting coffee and breakfast for his young family.

Random Asshat Fan: "Hey Cole!"

Hamels: "Yeah?"

Random Asshat Fan: "John Lannan went seven innings last night! Three earned runs! I guess HE should be at the top of the rotation now, huh!? HAHAHAHA!" /trips on own feet, spills coffee all over himself

So how does this scene end? It could end two ways.

Ending #1:

Hamels: "Dude, take it easy. It was my first start. Here, do you need a napkin? You spilled coffee all over yourself while you were inconsiderately mocking me on a Sunday morning while I was out getting breakfast for my gorgeous, amazing family."

Ending #2:

Hamels: "You're right! THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I CANNOT LET JOHN LANNAN OUT PITCH ME!" /slams coffee down "LET IT BE KNOWN THAT TODAY I WILL PROVE MY SUPREMACY! OUT OF MY WAY, PEASANT!"

Today, Cole Hamels makes his first start at home and looks to redeem himself from his less than stellar Opening Day start on Monday. I think he can do it. The Phillies are looking to keep the energy going from last night's AWESOMELY EXCITING WALK-OFF. With a win today, they win the series and would get themselves to a .500 record.

James Shields takes the mound against Hamels and the Phillies today. Shields faced Philadelphia in game 2 of the 2008 World Series when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields won that meeting. Today, let's hope he's not so lucky.

Should Kevin Frandsen start working on a Michael Young suit to fool Charlie Manuel into giving him more playing time? Discuss that and the game in the comments below.


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Kansas City Royals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Sunday, Apr 7, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

James Shields vs Cole Hamels

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Cole Hamels

#35 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

195

L

L

Dec 27, 1983


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Cole Hamels 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 5 5 3 1 5 9.00 1.60



James Shields

#33 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-4

220

R

R

Dec 20, 1981


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - James Shields 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 1 1 1 0 6 1.50 1.33


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