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Cole Hamels is the third Phillies' starter to make this list.
Cole Hamels is easily the best third starter in all of baseball. The young left-hander from California has been everything the team hoped for when it drafted him in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft, if not even more than what they hoped for.
Just as with Lee, Hamels regular-season performance is strong. He is 74-54 with a 3.39 ERA—a number that would be lower if not for some 2009 struggles caused by a heavy workload increase in 2008. Hamels, who has won double-digit games in each of the last five seasons, has since bounced back from his down year, as evidence by his ERA last year being a career-best 2.79.
Also like Lee, Hamels makes this list because of his playoff performance. Hamels has 13 career playoff starts, and he has gone 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA. It was actually his pitching in the 2008 postseason that really helped the Phillies win the World Series, as he gave up seven runs over 35 innings during the course of five starts.
Hamels was yet another easy choice for the most clutch players, as he had a huge hand in his team winning a World Series.