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.