Hamels Stumbles Again as Phils Fall to Mets

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Hamels Stumbles Again as Phils Fall to Mets
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When the speakers at Citizens Bank Park blasted Led Zeppelin, it signaled a moment for which Charlie Manuel longed. Nearing the halfway mark of 2013, his Phillies possessed their best roster thus far. Chase Utley returned Friday to a rock song. His teammates jumped to a three-run lead in the second inning. And Cole Hamels, the priciest player on an expensive and underachieving roster, could not contain a hapless New York Mets team from overcoming it. A 4-3 Phillies loss was but one microcosm in a season immobilized by averageness. Their failure to win when their $144 million ace pitches is a primary reason.

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