Cole Hamels has had a frustrating season. The world series MVP has lacked the command and swagger that made him the most feared pitcher in all of baseball last fall. An under .500 record (7w 8l) and a 4.52era highlight Hamels statistical struggles, high pitch counts being driven up by countless foul balls and a propensity for grooving a fastball directly in the center of the plate has haunted Hamels all year. Since the arrival of Cliff Lee, many of the talking heads in town have discussed Cole not even being in the top 3 of the rotation come playoff time.
Well that talk I believe died this evening, as Hamels reverted back to playoff form for the second consecutive start. He toyed with the wildcard contending Giants, with a 2 hit complete game shutout . At one point Hamels retired 21 consecutive batters, and he struck out 9.
“You know the past couple months I strayed away from what I had to do. I have locate. I was trying to grind too much…you have to make your pitches and hopefully they hit it to one of the guys behind you and that’s what I was able to do tonight.”
Hamels has thrown 19 consecutive shutout innings over his last 3 games.
With Hamels back in tow the Phils rotation can match up evenly with any in baseball. Say it with me…Re-Peat.