Flip a coin on this one. Gillick sounds as if he wants to proceed cautiously with Hamels. Gillick said he wants to wait and see how Hamels responds if he gets shelled at some point (and if that doesn't happen?). Obviously there will be changes if Madson bombs again this weekend. I'm guessing Gillick would give Franklin a shot before deciding on whether to give Hamels the call. The kid was sick in his Triple-A debut (struck out everyone in the lineup at least once, ended with 14 k's; complete game shutout his second start.) Charlie Manuel has said that he won't hesitate to nag Gillick to bring him up if he thinks he can help. I'll guess that he's here in late June.
Colletti said that Billingsley could force his own opening in the Dodgers rotation which doesn't speak highly of Tomko/Seo/Perez. (I can't figure out Perez. Three great starts and three disasters.) Colletti also said he doesn't want to bring him up only to send him right back down. I'll guess that he's here for good by the middle of June if Perez is demoted to the bullpen or traded.
Hamels will have the better offence behind him but the worse ball park and division to play in. I'll give the edge to Hamels because he seems to have already mastered that nasty changeup which could be a great out pitch. I could see either one of them doing what Matt Cain initially did when he got the call last year.
What about Jared Weaver or Mike Pelfrey??
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax