DID THE PHILLIES SCREW UP BY NOT PURSUING EX-ACE COLE HAMELS?

By Sam Bush

The Phillies are still only three games behind the Braves in the NL East, which is amazing considering they blew a 5-0 lead yesterday to lose for the 6th game in their last 7.

And Phillies Nation must be wondering now if they made a mistake by not pursuing ex-Phils ace Cole Hamels.

This from Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo:

Brilliant call by Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and the Cubs’ scouting staff that somehow recognized that Cole Hamels would shed his woes in Texas and become the Hamels of old in Chicago.

Maybe it was a leap of faith or maybe it was something they saw.

Hamels pitched a complete game against the Twins on Thursday. In five starts with the Cubs, he’s 4-0 with an 0.79 ERA, giving up three earned runs over 34 innings. When the Cubs were scouting him he had allowed 21 runs in 17 innings in his final four starts. They gave up some decent prospects to get him. All well worth it.

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