And he doesn't pitch for the Phillies.
More than one Phillies' national award recipient has benefited from playing on a winning team over the years, which is one of the big reasons why Cole Hamels should not be in the Cy Young conversation alongside tonight's counterpart Johnny Cueto and a host of suitable contenders, particularly those pitching for our National League East oppressors (Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez). At 57-67, it's time for some humility, and even though Hamels has been rock solid this season and very strong lately, the Phillies are a non-factor and it's time to recognize that Washington, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Los Angeles are performing at a higher level and are anchored by more deserving pitchers. Statistically, Hamels rates as the 12th best pitcher in the National League, according to Fangraphs.com WAR. He's tied for third, behind Cueto and Zimmerman, in the Baseball-Reference WAR metric.
So the numbers say he's not the guy anyway. Unless Hamels runs the table, voters need to recognize that Hamels and the Phillies need to stand aside when the hardware is awarded after the season.
Transaction: Michael Schwimer was optioned to make room for Jeremy Horst, who's back from paternity leave. Schwimer has been up with the club for almost three-straight months, in addition to his first call-up in late April-early May. All told, he's pitched 34 1-3 inning with a 4.46 ERA and 36/16 K/BB. Not great, but he's shown flashes. He'll likely return when rosters expand.