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By the time Hamels sorted himself out, the season was over.
Cole Hamels signed a contract extension in July of last year that set him up comfortably for life.
There is no point in begrudging Hamels his money. What was he supposed to do, say no?
It is fair to say, however, that Hamels did not give the Phillies enough return on their investment in 2013.
Hamels' last five or six starts have been good enough, combined with his peripheral numbers on the season, to convince many fans that his poor record and his team's struggles when he starts are not his fault.
This is a classic example of allowing recent developments to unduly influence long-term analysis.
Hamels could pitch seven perfect games from here to the season's end, and while it would be a historical anomaly and thrilling, it would make no difference in the outcome of the Phillies' season.
What the Phillies needed from Hamels was excellence in April, May and June, when they were still just barely in the race for a wild card berth.
Instead, Hamels went 2-11 with an ERA of 4.58 after giving up four earned runs in six innings to the San Diego Padres on June 26.
So enjoy his good starts from here to the end of the season.
Just remember that their value is diminished.