By Matt Snyder
Cole Hamels was brutal in his first start of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings against the Mets. Sunday, he had the chance to get back on track and did just that. He breezed through a pretty solid Atlanta offense, striking out eight and giving up only four hits and one walk in seven shutout innings. It should effectively eliminate any overreactions after his first time out.
The rebound shouldn't be a surprise. Hamels had a 2.07 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 107 strikeouts in his last 104 1/3 innings last season. He then threw a shutout in the NLDS. He's 27 and is every bit as talented as the rest of the staff. Roy Halladay is clearly the best pitcher of the vaunted group, but Hamels is capable of becoming the second-best -- yes, he has the talent to be better than both Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt.
After Hamels' big outing Sunday, the Phillies are now 7-2.
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