On Wednesday night Cole Hamels, along with Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, became the first pitchers in the 2012 season to reach 7 wins.
Cole Hamels must hate me. I went to see him pitch the Phillies Home Opener in April, The Marlins got to Cole for 4 runs while the Phils offense struggled against Anibal Sanchez. Hamels took the loss - since then he has been undefeated, winning 7 consecutive decisions whiile the Phillies came home with victories in all 8 of his other starts.
2011 Phungo #35 Cole Hamels
That lone 2012 blemish is not the only reason Cole Hamels may have an issue with Team Phungo. The fine photo on the above card was taken during a game from June of 2010. Hamels wasn't steller but he was solid enough that the Phils had a 5 run lead going into the 9th. A comination of relievers blew that lead, which included a Titanic Home Run to center by Jim Thome off of Jose Contreras.
Truth be told, I have seen Hamels on the Winning side of a lot of ball games, including a couple of post season games. The Phils are scuffling and hovering aroudn that .500 mark, it is nice to have a brigh light in their 2012 season, which has been so difficult to watch this year.