With title in sight, Phils turn to Hamels
Ace aiming to become first hurler to win all five playoff starts
PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels can wrap up the Phillies' second World Series title on Monday night and also accomplish what no pitcher in the postseason has done before him: win all five of his starts.The Phillies left-hander is 4-0 this postseason, and this past Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, he became only the fourth pitcher to win the first game of each playoff series since the advent of the three-tier system in 1995.
Postseason Wins Leaders
|Left-hander Cole Hamels, who will start Monday's Game 5 of the World Series, would tie the all-time record for wins in a single postseason should he beat the Rays. Hamels is the fourth pitcher in postseason history to win four games in four starts. The others were Josh Beckett in 2007, David Wells in 1998 and Dave Stewart in 1989.|
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.