No. 2: Cole Hamels
The only reason Hamels finds himself ahead of Lee on this list is because of his longevity with the team and his performance in the ’08 postseason.
Despite being an All-Star in his first full season in 2007, Hamels was nowhere near the status of an ace when the 2008 playoffs began, but somebody forgot to tell him that.
Hamels went 2-0 with an ERA under two in his two starts in the NLCS, which earned him NLCS MVP honors after the Phillies made quick work of the Dodgers in five games.
The California kid saved his best performance for the biggest stage. Hamels went 1-0 in two brilliant starts, one of which came in the opening game in the series, and the other which game in the clinching Game 5 that was split into two days.
After that postseason in which Hamels won both NLCS and World Series MVP, he had his share of struggles, but was still the team’s ace up until he was traded at the deadline in 2015.
His best season came in 2011 when he finished with a record of 14-9 and a 2.79 ERA with three complete games.
You couldn’t have scripted a better ending to Hamels’ time as a Phillie as in his last ever start with the team, he pitched his first no-hitter on a July afternoon in Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
Hamels will certainly find himself on the team’s Wall of Fame shortly after he retires, but for now fans are hoping for the day when he returns to the team as a free agent.
Last, but not least, let’s take a look at the man who’s responsible for this list.