Cole Hamels is a perfect 3-0 in the postseason for the National League pennant winners, while the Rays’ Scott Kazmir has had a mediocre October.
Here’s a last-second tribute to Cole Hamels before I head out the door. Cheers to the one guy who’s performed like I thought he might down the stretch and in the postseason. Over his last 13 starts, he’s given up more than two runs just once. The 24-year-old is holding opposing hitters to a .168 playoff average, lashing hitters with 22 strikeouts over 22 brilliant innings. Nobody’s been better on the mound this October than the NLCS MVP, asserting himself as one of the game’s elite pitchers. Tonight, he faces the bullish Rays, who shine brightly in their home park. If anyone can handle it, it’s Hamels, who’s 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his last seven road starts.
Posting schedule: Game chat fires off at 6, followed by a post-game post after the game. Posting will be light tomorrow as I attend to personal matters.