The One in Which We Give Credit to Chris Wheeler


Last night, just before Cole Hamels hit his triple off the top of the wall, Chris Wheeler pretty much predicted success at the plate for Hamels. You be the judge.

Wheels: Very few guys get real good swings off Livan Hernandez when he’s on. You have no idea what’s coming or what location it’s going to be in or any idea of the speed. And he’s below Major League speed, really, when he throws his fastball, kind of like Chris Young was on Sunday night. I was thinking the guy that had the best chance to get a hit on Sunday night was Lee.

T-Mac: – Chris Griffin laugh – He hit it pretty hard, too, that one time… [Thanks, T-Mac]

Wheels: That’s a good speed for a pitcher.


Hamels then ripped an 85 M.P.H. fastball for a triple, proving that, despite his incessant prattling, Wheels does know his stuff.

He then, of course, rubbed it in our faces:

Perfect speed for a pitcher, these guys. See, the hitters can't hit these guys, because they don't throw hard enough. But the pitchers, that speed is just perfect for them. 


OK, we get it. Good job, Chris.

We said all along that Hamels was going to be first guy to hit a home run for the Phillies.



– Safe and Secure with New York Life –

Just like with Lee the other night off Chris Young, it’s just the perfect speed for a pitcher. Whereas if you’re an everyday major league player, that fastball, it’s too slow.


SHUT UP! Screw this post. Drink 10.

Audio after the jump. WARNING! Irksome.

Slightly choppy:


11 Responses

  1. That’s the problem. He does know his stuff. But then he goes above and beyond to reiterate the point he made. Just listen to him again tonight, and I guarantee you he will do the same thing:
    “This guy likes to keep the ball down”…
    “He gets a lot of ground balls when he is on”…
    “Its hard to hit this guy in the air”…
    STFU Wheels and Lets Go Flyers!

  2. I love Wheels primarily because he’s been part of the team for as long as i can remember, but, brace yourselves… if the Mutts have one thing over on the Phils, it’s their announcing team. Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling know their stuff plus they are fun and cool. I live in Brooklyn so I’m forced to watch the NYC feed of Phils-Mets games and, I gotta say, those two make it feel like a national broadcast. I learn more about the Phillies from them than I do from our guys.
    That said, I wouldn’t trade it. The Phils have seemingly always gravitated toward a more “down-home” announcing and marketing style and there’s definitely something comforting about that that I wouldn’t ever want to lose.

  3. What about the fact that later on, Hamels hit a line drive single on a 98mph fastball? I guess that’s the other perfect speed for a pitcher.
    Shut Up Wheels.

  4. haha, Wheels lost me when he said that major league hitters don’t get in front of fastballs. I was watching the game on MLB Network at my friend’s appartment in New York and we were both had the reaction of not even knowing what that means. Major league hitters pull fastballs all the time.
    btw, I was impressed with Hamels’ approach at the plate last night. He looks like a hitter out there.

  5. Wheels ruined it later when Hamels hit the single on a 98mph fastball. Right before he hit it Wheels says you aren’t expecting Hamels to get a hit against this guy.

  6. shut up wheeler i was just about to write that. he got embarrassed after it by prediciting the exact opposite.

  7. I was wishing he’d just shut up for 10 minutes last night. I was about to WIP it and turn off the sound, but I was lazy. Therefore suffered. Wheels needs to shut the hell up. I think it’s the way he tries to explain why it is people are doing what they’re doing. I don’t give a shit,you’re wrong alot,call the damn game.

  8. Ya know, he may seem annoying but when they have the game on Fox or MLBN and they use different annowncers, I kind of miss the Wheeler. T-Mac too. And how bad would it be without such sage wisdom by Sarge like “Hawt”, “Hard”, and “Jerk off the ball”:


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