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Why worry about next year when the Phillies are mired in last place at 16-19, six games behind Atlanta?
Because of the core.
You, know: The Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, core.
We all knew that age would crack the core of the Phillies, but now money is rearing its ugly head.
Cole Hamels is a gamer.
Anybody who knows anything about baseball knows that the pitcher and the batter want the same thing: The inside of the plate.
Be it he was a young hot shot, last week Hamels plucked Washington’s Bryce Harper on the back.
Not only that, but Hamels admitted to hitting Harper.
All the “Take Back Washington” talk and the young phenoms, well, Hamels had it.
Ten days on the shelf, what does Hamels do?
Gives up run, one earned run, three walks, five strikeouts in five innings and lowers his ERA to 2.28 in a 3-2 win over the Padres on Sunday.
Oh, and he improves to 5-1.
All-Star team, seven-year deal, Phillies up against the luxury tax, it all adds up: Hamels is gone.
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Cole Hamels is widely considered to be the best pitcher hitting the free agent market this offseason. That is, of course, if he doesn't re-sign with the Phillies first. The Philadelphia starter 's agent is reportedly asking the team for a seven-year deal, according to NBC Philadelphia's Howard Eskin. Hamels, 28, is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA to start the season, and would likely...
While the Phillies have been looking for answers as they’ve struggled through the first five weeks of the season, Cole Hamels has been one of their most consistent pieces as they look to climb out of the cellar in the NL East.
Hamels was stellar on the mound in his return from a five-game suspension, extending his winning streak to five games with seven innings of one-run ball...
Cole Hamels has been a bring spot for the Phillies this season.Cole Hamels finished off the week with his fifth win in a row and leads the Phillies staff with those five wins. Hamels is the third guy in a rotation behindRoy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but its the lefty thats been confusing hitters all season.Hamels recent domination has people talking; and calling. Fox Sports’...
The Philadelphia Phillies' week began with a suspension coming off a series loss to a division rival. It continued with a sweep at the hands of another division foe, which led to manager Charlie Manuel calling for a closed-door team meeting. But if all is well that ends well, the Phillies are feeling a little better about themselves after taking their first series in nearly...
Cole Hamels was the final emerging member of the core four for the Philadelphia Phillies, which led to the 2008 championship. Do you know where and how this era appeared? Do you know why? Did Rube Amaro ruin the future of the club?
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Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-1 triumph: 4
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Baseball's new villain Cole Hamels is looking for a seven-year contract extension that surpasses C.C. Sabathia's seven-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees in 2008 according to Andrew Kulp The700Level.com. Apparently he'll hold the world hostage if nobody gives that kind of money to him.
Back in March, I speculated that Hamels could ask for a C.J. Wilson's type...
PHILADELPHIA -- An extra day off didn't affect Cole Hamels. The two-time All-Star left-hander threw seven strong innings in his first start back from suspension, Jimmy Rollins ended a long homerless drought and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Sunday. Hamels (5-1) allowed one run and five hits, striking out five. The 2008 World Series MVP was suspended...
Cole Hamels was stellar on the mound in his return from a five-game suspension, working seven innings of one-run ball Sunday to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2.
Hamels (5-1) was suspended by major league baseball after the Phillies left-hander intentionally threw a pitch that hit Washington rookie Bryce Harper a week ago.
It was Hamel's fifth victory...
Shane Victorino had three hits and a stolen base tonight, but the Phils offense could only muster one run. (AP)In tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Padres, the Phillies found themselves in a situation that’s become all too familiar this season: They watched their starting pitcher throw a gem, only to have the offense fail to capitalize on the opportunity to win the ballgame.DOC PULLS...
With runners on first and third and two outs in a game last week between the Nationals and Phillies, Cole Hamels threw to first base to keep the runner in check. The Nationals’ 19 year old phenom Bryce Harper exploded towards home plate the moment Hamels lifted his leg like a sprinter leaving the blocks at the sound of a gun. Harper, who was called up on April 28th, was on...
On Mother's Day, the Phillies were able to defeat the San Diego Padres, 3-2. With the win on Sunday, the Phillies were able to take the weekend series.
Phillies vs Padres 5/13 QUICK HITS:
Cole Hamels went seven strong innings, registering the win. Cole had 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, and one earned run.
Jimmy Rollins hit his first lead-off home run of the year. J-Roll'...
Phillies Centerfielder Shane Victorino is in the final year of his contract with the Phillies. Could he be used as trade bait to help the team re-build? Photo by Renee Cendrowski.
Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly‘s Jim Salisbury that he was unhappy with the way the Phillies have played so far this season. The comment didn’t come as a huge shock considering...