Every 5th day I have confidence. Every 5th day I brace myself to witness greatness. Every 5th day the Phillies are expected to win. Why? Cole-fricken-Hamels!!! Besides the occasional longball given up (16 so far), King Cole has been a merry young soul. When he was drafted in the 1st round in '02 (17th overall pick), I was skeptical because of his injury history. My suspicions were not laid to rest as he battled through both growing and physical pains his first 3 minor league seasons. Remember his anger management incident? He's since matured, gotten married, and had a relatively clean bill of health.
Cole Hamels is labeled a staff savior. He is the man we turn to when we need a win, and we need a win today (currently has 9, hopefully 10 after tonight). For a sophomore, he has pitched brilliantly, and is now our staff ace. I look forward to watching Hamels continue to progress in the art of pitching and become even more dominant than he already is. His fastball isn't amazing, but coupled with that change-up he's sometimes unhittable, and his curveball is getting better. His stuff isn't the only reason that he succeeds, as he has a cocky tenacity about him when he pitches and isn't scared of any hitter. Also, he handles the stick pretty well, knocking out 7 hits this season so far. In spring training he said he expects 20 wins of himself this season, and he's well on the way to that. This is why I look forward to every 5th day.