Jesse Biddle overmatched the Daytona Cubs last night. It was just that simple. He pitched like he belonged at Citizens Bank Park not Clearwater’s Bright House Field. Aaron Nola had a nice debut with Reading but is was not as impressive.
With a low 90’s fastball, the change up and the big curve, Biddle kept the left-handed dominated D-Cubs lineup off balance. He retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced, allowing only a base on balls in the five innings he worked. He struck out five to get the win. See three of his strikeouts HERE, HERE, HERE.
Biddle located his fast ball down in the zone for strikes which set up his signature curve ball to the left handed dominated lineup. Jesse was back in town after pitching for Clearwater in 2012 but he was simply too good last night to pitch here anymore. Jesse’s WHIP for the game was 0.2 and his batting average against was .000. Can’t do much better than that .
When Cole Hamels rehabbed here to start this season he finished with a record of 0-1 and the Threshers lost all three games he started. In 17.1 innings Hamels gave up three Florida State League home runs before heading back to Citizens Bank Park.
Aaron Nola also went five innings giving up six hits and a run to also get the win over the Harrisburg Senators. He walked one and struck out four. Nola’s WHIP was 1.4 and his batting average against was .333 for the game.
When Nola was pitching in the Florida State League he was a fly ball pitcher. We watched him give up three of his four home runs during his 31.1 innings of work for the Threshers. But last night Nola was able to keep the ball on the ground and in the park as he got seven ground ball outs to only two fly ball outs. That is exactly what he needs to do to be an effective pitcher at Citizens Bank Park.
With David Buchanan also picking up a win last night for the Phillies , what’s wrong to project a 2015 starting Phillies starting rotation, if Cliff Lee can comeback, of Cole Hamels, Lee, Jesse Biddle, Aaron Nola and David Buchanan? Nothing is wrong with that!