For the final time in 2013, Cole Hamels will take the mound. At 8-14 with a 3.62 ERA, Hamels' season hasn't gone as planned. His record isn't indicative of how he's pitched, especially lately, but still, more was expected from the Phils' $144 million pitcher.
Hamels will finish with his highest ERA since 2009 and his highest WHIP since 2010. He will end up pitching the second-most innings of his career, though.
Hamels' durability has been and continues to be severely underappreciated. He's one of just 13 pitchers to make at least 192 starts since 2008. And only two pitchers in all of baseball have a lower ERA than Hamels the last six years in as many starts -- Hamels is at 3.30, Matt Cain is at 3.22 and Felix Hernandez 2.93.
The Phils have a chance for a series win in Miami. The Marlins stink, so that's nothing special. But it's significant because the Phillies haven't won a road series since July 2-4 in Pittsburgh. They're 7-20 on the road since the All-Star break.
The Phils are 12-6 vs. Miami and 36-35 against the NL East.
After this final game at Marlins Park, Ryne Sandberg's club heads to Atlanta for a four-game series to end the season. The Braves are still playing meaningful baseball -- they have a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the top-seed in the NL, which would mean home-field advantage in the NLDS and NLCS.
1) Cesar Hernandez, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Darin Ruf, RF
7) Kevin Frandsen, 1B
8) Freddy Galvis, 3B
9) Cole Hamels, P
(And if you're into off-the-wall offseason ideas, here's one that could fix the Phillies' outfield. Crazier things have happened...)