Hamels' resurgence has become one of the great untold stories of the season, "untold" because his hitters keep spoiling a good story. Hamels started the last game by striking out the first five batters and didn't allow a base runner until Matt Holliday singled in the fifth. He would allow an additional walk, but that was it, pitching eight-shutout frames of one-hit, one-walk ball, the first time in his career that he's allowed a hit or less over eight innings. Unfortunately, it took 11 innings for his hitters to get on the board. They'd hold on for the victory 2-0, with the win going to Chad Durbin for 2-3 innings of work.
Let me just read you these numbers from the Phillies pregame notes just to paint the right picture: Hamels has allowed one earned run over his last 22.2 IP (0.40 ERA), including two scoreless starts. He's 2-5 over his last 11 starts despite allowing three earned runs or less in 10 of them (2.97 ERA). He has pitched seven or more innings in eight of his last nine starts. He has a 1.72 ERA (7 ER, 36.2 IP) in five July starts, his lowest ERA of any month this season. He's holding left-handed hitters to a .176 AVG (18-102) this season, fifth lowest in the league. And he ranks 9th in the NL in SO/9.0 IP (8.50). Behind Halladay, I'd call him the best Phillie this season.[Jump to the newest comments]