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Phillies ace Cole Hamels

Phillies ace Cole Hamels

For the first time in their 100 plus year history, the Phillies have three pitchers selected for the All-Star teamRoy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels

Each of the Phillies aces was selected by the players in really nothing of a surprise.  Here are their numbers at mid-season:

Roy Halladay: 11-3 record, 2.44 ERA, 6 complete games, 136.1 IP, 17 BB, 131 Ks, .241 BAA, 1.03 WHIP

Cliff Lee: 9-5 record, 2.66 ERA, 4 complete games, 122.0 IP, 27 BB, 119 Ks, .229 BAA, 1.07 WHIP

Cole Hamels: 9-4 record, 2.41 ERA, 1 complete game, 116.0 IP, 21 BB, 110 Ks, .210 BAA, 0.94 WHIP

Completely and utterly dominant. 

Quick note on Hamels – assuming he makes his scheduled start next Sunday he will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star game.  And with Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee saying this morning that Hamels should make Tuesday’s scheduled start, Hamels will almost definitely pitch Sunday. 

In the field, only Placido Polanco will represent the Phillies position players, voted in by the fans to start at third base.  Here are his mid-season numbers:  81 games, 314 ABs, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 3 SBs, .280 average, .335 OBP, .354 SLG, .689 OPS

Not the greatest numbers for an All-Star but as anyone with a clue knows baseball is a game that can’t be defined by stats alone.

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino did get selected as a nominee for the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote. Vote at mlb.com now through 4pm ET on July 7 and try to get Shane in the game.

Lastly, it’s a shame Chase Utley’s knee prevented him from going.  Hopefully he lives in a protective bubble all off-season so he can stay healthy. 

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