Ryan Howard is the best player of the decade in Philidephia sports.
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The Phillies had lost two of three games to the Giants late last month at home causing at least this one writer to opine that San Francisco and not, Philadelphia had the best pitching staff in MLB. That series followed last season's National League Championship Series, in which the Giants upset the Phillies on their way to winning the World Series. Had the Phillies stumbled again this week, there would have been legitimate concerns about their ability to beat the Giants.
Although it's just one week later, perhaps it's already time for me to issue a mea culpa of sorts as Philadelphia has outscored San Francisco 14-3 so far in the first three games of the four game series, pretty much putting the theory to rest that the Giants were in their heads. And while on July 29th the Giants had the best ERA in MLB at 3.06 and the Phillies were at 3.11, as Sunday, August 7th rolls around, it is the Phillies with a 3.06 team ERA and the Giants with a 3.19. While I may have been guilty of jumping to conclusions about the Giants being ability to outpitch the Phillies on a regular bases (still not convinced I'd be wrong if they matched up in the playoffs btw, but for now I'll concede to avoid more Philly hate mail as it's not certain that Giants will even make the playoff), one thing that I do not have issue a mea culpa for is my opinion that Cole Hamels has a great shot to win the NL Cy Young this year. This is something that I've been harping on since preseason. Check out Hamels' 2011 numbers juxtaposed next to his two Cy Young candidate teammates.
Hamels has the lowest ERA, the lowest batting average against and the lowest WHIP. For those of you less versed in pitching metrics, in short this means that Hamels allows the least base runners on base per 9 innings and the least amount of players to cross home plate as well. To me, Hamels has the inside track on the NL Cy Young award. If he doesn't win it, is simply because the three guys end up stealing votes from eachother.
Now onto the head to head. In the year it most matter being the 2008 when the phillies won the world series Cole hamels not only won the mvp in the nlcs and the world series, but he had a war 1.6 wins higher which is what it all comes down to.
home run derby doesnt matter
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