No. 2: 2008 Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels in 2008 comes in at number two on the list. Hamels had a solid but not extraordinary regular season. He finished with a record of 14-10 with an ERA of 3.09 and 196 strikeouts for a K/9 of 7.76.
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The reason Hamels is so high on the list is a result of his postseason performance that year. Hamels was a key factor in the 2008 World Series win as he dominated during the Postseason.
Hamels made five starts that postseason and finished with a record of 4-0 and an ERA of 1.80. He also almost set a record as no pitcher has ever won 5 starts in a postseason.
If not being pulled after 75 pitches due to rainy conditions in his final start of the postseason, it is entirely possible Hamels would have entered the record books.
Hamels’ performance earned him the World Series MVP award, as well as the NLCS MVP award.