Key Start For Hamels

Cole Hamels will start Saturday afternoon's game against the Mets. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK -- There is plenty of importance in the remaining six games for the Phillies beginning with Cole Hamels’ next start in Saturday’s 1 p.m. matchup at Citi Field against the New York Mets.

Hamels is 14-9 with a 2.80 ERA. His 0.98 WHIP is better than both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Actually, entering Friday, his WHIP was the lowest among all National League starters.

It’s interesting that Hamels would tie a career high for wins with his next victory. With all he has accomplished, one would think he’d have more wins, which shows that is misleading statistic.


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That said, Hamels hasn’t pitched well in September, where he is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 innings. He has allowed seven home runs in his last four games after surrendering eight over his previous 20 starts, totaling 137 1/3 innings.

When Hamels is on his game, he’s as tough as any National League lefthander this side of Cliff Lee.

While it’s not imperative that he pitches well on Saturday, it sure would give him and the team a confidence boost.

And right now even with all they have accomplished, the Phillies could use a little edge, which would occur by ending their six-game losing streak while having Hamels reverting back to form.