The fact is, most Phillies fans are bright enough to know that Cole Hamels horrid start against the Mets was a hiccup at worst in what will be a stud season for the Fightins longest-tenured ace. When all is said and done he will have an ERA at or below 3, along with 15-18 wins or more.
Still, there are those who hated on Cole, said he wasn’t mentally tough enough and continually referenced his dumb, taken-out-of-context “I can’t wait until this season is over” quote from the 2009 World Series.
Two starts later, where are the Cole Haters? I’m not talking about those who booed his first start. I’m not saying it was something I would have done, but it was justified in the heat of the moment despite what Paul Hagen and others say.
But to the rest of the fans, the minority who question Cole, put a fork in it. Dude goes out and fans six in his first three innings. Granted, who sat one guy down in his final four frames. Still, Hamels sacttered seven hits and allowed just two runs in a no decision, 3-2 win over the Marlins.
The win was huge because it gives the Phils a two-game cushion in the division, as opposed to being tied for first with a Marlins team that would have won both games here.