Cole Hamels Back to Being Cole Hamels Just in Time

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Consistent Velocity Key To Hamels' Success

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer has an interesting take on Cole Hamels' resurgence in his two most recent starts:

When Hamels' velocity is consistent, it is an indication that the rest of his game his consistent as well. He isn't battling himself on the mound or straying from the smooth mechanics that have brought him thus far. He is controlling his pitches, rather than throwing them.

Murphy goes on to compare Hamels' fastball velocity from three of his postseason starts last year (all wins) with his two starts against the Giants (one win, one loss). It isn't a perfect measure by any means, but suffice it to say, if Hamels keeps his velocity consistent (indicating that he is more consistent overall), he is going to be dangerous for the Phillies down the stretch.

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Cole Hamels Back to Being Cole Hamels

Safe to say this would qualify as a great sign for the playoff-bound Phillies, who have watched Cole Hamels go though a disappointing season (relatively speaking): Last night, he pitched a two-hit, complete game against the Giants.

Hamels says the key is to stop trying to be too perfect:

"Getting roughed up by bench guys, you have to put things in perspective," Hamels said. "I was overdoing."

He's now thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings, so yeah, looks like he may have figured out what was wrong. Which, of course, is giving Phillies fans fantasies over a Cole Hamles circa October '08/Cliff Lee circa Right Now 1-2 combo in the playoffs:

This is the Cole Hamels we saw last October, and this is the Cole Hamels who can lead the Phillies to another World Championship.  A one-two punch of Cliff Lee and a dialed-in Cole Hamels would probably horrify the rest of baseball.

Terrifying, indeed.

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