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Even with missing a start due to suspension, Philadelphia Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels still ranks in the top five in the MLB in strikeouts.
As the No. 3 starter in the Phillies rotation, Hamels has arguably been the most important pitcher on any squad to his team, given the lack of offense due to the injuries of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley and the pitching staff's deficiency due to Cliff Lee's injury.
With a pitching staff that includes Lee and Roy Halladay, Hamels leads Philadelphia in wins, ERA and strikeouts, making him easily one of the three best pitchers so far this season.