Cole Hamels was the recipient of the Philadelphia Phillies team most valuable pitcher award, recognition handed out in honor of four-time Cy Young award winner, Steve Carlton, who is arguably the greatest pitcher in franchise history.
Hamels has had another remarkable season, as he’s 15-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 29 starts. He’s tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts, struck out over 200 hitters for the second straight year, and he earned his third career All-Star Game appearance.
Hamels ranks seventh in the league in innings pitched (203.1), third in strikeouts (203), fourth in strikeout ratio (4.04), and eighth in earned run average (3.05). He has been remarkable consistent, going at least five innings in all 29 of his starts, reaching six full innings 27 times, and averaging 7.01 frames per outing.
In 22 of his 29 starts, he’s been credited with a quality start. More than half of the time (15 starts), he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs. And he’s reached double-digit strikeouts on three occasions. All this was enough to earn Hamels a six-year, $144 million contract extension that will keep him in a Phillies uniform through the 2018 season, plus an option for 2019.
Other fine seasons by Phillies pitchers included Cliff Lee, who leads the National League in strikeout to walk ratio (6.96) by a wide margin and has the fifth-best FIP in the league despite poor run support that has resulted in just six wins. Jonathan Papelbon has also been lights out in his first season in Philly, posting a 2.30 ERA, 36 saves, and a 5.00 strikeout to walk ratio.