Cole Hamels has been declared the new Philly messiah. Is he really going to save the Phillies and bring the Phillies back to post season? No.
Let's bring the fact that Cole Hamels had a 14-10 record and an ERA of 3.09. He actually had a better season for the Phillies in 2007 when he had a 15-10 record and a 3.39 ERA.
When you see the 2008 record and you had Brad Lidge with a perfect season in saves, Cole's record is not impressive.
Granted, he was on a roll in the post season. This is where the national spotlight was on him and he came through.
But I can't even imagine Hamels being a stopper until I see his numbers get better. He hasn't won a Cy Young Award. He hasn't won 20 games.
He signed a huge extension with the Phillies in the hope that Hamels will carry over what he did in the post season. He already had tightness in his elbow this spring and was shut down briefly. No pain, just tightness. Nothing to be concerned about. Oh, really?
He is only in the majors for three seasons, but he is not even close to being a Steve Carlton.
If the Phillies are expecting to win it all again, they need to get better results from Hamels. On most good teams he would be a three slot pitcher and not an ace.
He had a hot October, but April to September is a whole new ballgame and Hamels has to carry the Phils. Until he can, he is just a regular lefty pitcher.