Tonight, a savior arrives in Cincinnati.
Until now, Beerleaguer had doubts this liberator known as Cole Hamels even existed. Many of us, including myself, will be seeing him pitch for the first time.
This week, the Phillies made a bold move in deciding Hamels had nothing left to learn in the minors, opting to take him along for their playoff push.
Along with lingering buzz surrounding Barry Bonds, a nine-game winning streak, Billy Wagner and the New York Mets, and Rowand's thrilling catch last night, King Cole is the icing on the cake of the most electrifying time in years.
The Phillies have had pitchers come through the farm system with excellent numbers, including Brett Myers and Randy Wolf, but Hamels is in a class by himself. In his three Triple-A starts, he went 2-0 with an 0.39 ERA, including 36 strikeouts in 23 innings. For his career, he has a ridiculous 1.43 ERA in 35 starts.
Hamels will face another former Phillies prospect in Elizardo Ramirez, who is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts.