Chuck James (2-2, 7.58) and Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.36) rock the house when the Braves and Phillies play the deciding game of their three-game set.
Webster’s New World Dictionary defines an ‘ace’ as “the best pitcher on a baseball team, counted on to win important games, such as the deciding game of a three game series against a tough division rival with a formidable lineup.” So there you have it.
Hamels would be the first to admit he hasn’t been as sharp as was at the start of the season; he was 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA in his first three starts, but is 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in his last five. He has not been particularly good against the Braves, going 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA against them. He’ll try for something closer to definition of an ace tonight.