ESPN had a column up today about Cole Hamels pitching in Game 5 tonight for the Rangers. The article was discussing why the Rangers have faith in him. It leads off with:
Cliff Lee, the man who pitched the Texas Rangers to their first World Series appearance in 2010, served as Cole Hamels’ mentor with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lee, six years older than Hamels, shared his secrets of routine, preparation and performance after he signed with Philadelphia as a free agent in 2011. This is among the reasons the Rangers have no fear of Wednesday’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series
Okay. Even leaving out the obvious fact that 2011 was Cliff Lee’s 2nd go-around as a teammate of Mr. Hamels, you are still left with the fact that Cole Hamels had 6 post seasons starts before he was ever in the same rotation as Cliff Lee, and was 4-1 with 2.16 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. And had been named both NLCS and World Series MVP.
I figured surely this guy had some new angle he was going to share – like Hamels was giving Lee credit, or Lee had recently made a comment, or something. Nope, that blurb was the only mention of Cliff Lee. So I guess all of Hamels quality starts were just the warmup for learning the real secret sauce. And then going 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA after learning it.
In other news, Jimmy Rollins has taught Yasiel Puig how to pimp a Home Run